Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

Social and Political Change Projects


Investigating ‘pockets of effectiveness’ in developing countries: a new route to building state capacity for development (

Political Institutions in Africa (in conjunction with University of Bergen and University of California (

Political settlements and urban governance: the role of capital cities (in conjunction with University of Manchester

Adjust, resist or disband? The effect of political repression on civil society organizations in Bangladesh and Zambia (in conjunction with University of Amsterdam), policy brief found at

Coordinating Climate Finance: Lessons from Zambia, policy brief found at

 Book Project: 

T. Banda, M. Hinfelaar, O. Kaaba and  M. Ndulo Democracy and electoral politics in Zambia (forthcoming Africa Study Centre, Brill Publishers, Leiden)  To be published in 2020 by:

Maano alazwa amukasumbwa

Translation: "Wisdom may be found through observation of even the simplest things"

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