The linkage between macroeconomic performance and the behavior of individuals and firms in making decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources and the interactions among these individuals and firms is necessary to speed up socio-economic transformation.

Our work in this area focuses on microeconomic issues that impact on household welfare, poverty, social services delivery and how they are influenced by macroeconomic factors; and the mechanisms that can be adopted to improve quality and value for money.

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Sub-Theme 1: Microeconomic household issues and Poverty Analysis

  1. Microeconomic issues that impact on household welfare, including poverty issues, vulnerability and the linkage between micro and macroeconomic sub-sectors.
  2. Government allocation of resources to vulnerable groups such as children, women PWDs, and the elderly.
  • Sectoral/microeconomic policy issues in enhancing service delivery to the poor.

Sub-Thematic Area 2: Social Service Delivery and Social Protection

  1. Social services delivery in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation in view of the SDGs.
  2. Public finance management and how it affects social service delivery including mechanisms to improve quality and value for money.
  3. Impact of poor social service delivery on poverty reduction, economic growth and social harmony.
  4. Sector specific measures that could be adopted to deal with institutional and political economy issues that translate into poor service delivery.
  5. Assessment of policy, regulatory frameworks and programmes for social protection schemes e.g cash transfers for the elderly, retirement benefit schemes.