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Sixty percent of Zambia’s 13.2 million people (2010) live in poverty. Inequality is very high and on current trends it will take until 2073 to reduce poverty to 15%. Weak transmission of Zambia’s strong growth to poverty is the central challenge. DFID’s programme includes improving the Government of Zambia’s policies, systems and skills, enabling Zambia to increase its tax take and use its resources to deliver better services. DFID also works to directly address the most off track MDGs, including extreme poverty, gender, maternal mortality, sanitation and hygiene. DFID is also developing a programme to remove the barriers to wealth creation and investment, to create a sustainable future beyond aid. DFID is working with the government and other donors to empower girls and women, in order to make growth more inclusive and tackle inequality. DFID is replacing general budget support with sector budget support for education and targeted financial aid.

Top priorities

  • addressing the most off track MDGs
  • removing barriers to economic development
  • improving the position of poor women and girls

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Zambia
Zambia page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £53,762,299
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 0.75%
  • Active Projects 23
  • Population ( source World Bank): 16.21 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2010, source World Bank): 64.42%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 5.35
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 2.92%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Zambia.