Precious Zikhali is a Poverty Economist at the World Bank. She currently supports the poverty and inequality work program of the Bank covering Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. Prior to joining the Bank in 2013, she was a Director of Environmental Economics in the Microeconomic Policy Unit within the Economic Policy Division, National Treasury of South Africa where she was involved in inter-departmental efforts to incorporate green growth policies into the country’s broader sustainable development agenda. She has worked as a researcher at the International Water Management Institute, the Centre for World Food Studies at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She has also worked as a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Economics, University of Zimbabwe.
Precious Zikhali holds a PhD in Economics (with a specialization in Environmental Economics) from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Her current research interests broadly include theoretical and applied empirical research that falls at the intersection of poverty, environment and development. This includes issues such as:
- Poverty analysis
- Policy, program and project impact evaluation
- Agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation
- Bio-economic modeling of renewable and non-renewable natural resource management