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. FCDO’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. FCDO also works to directly address the most off track MDGs, including extreme poverty, gender, maternal mortality, sanitation and hygiene. FCDO is also developing a programme to remove the barriers to wealth creation and investment, to create a sustainable future beyond aid. FCDO is working with the government and other donors to empower girls and women, in order to make growth more inclusive and tackle inequality. FCDO 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

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

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Top projects in Zambia

People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information
People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information
People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information
Children supported to gain a decent education.


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Women and girls using modern methods of family planning through DFID support.


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Children under 5, women (of childbearing age) and adolescent girls reached by DFID through nutrition-related interventions.


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People with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation through DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information

Sectors and budgets in Zambia

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Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Programme budget total by year approved at the Programme level to date.

Current finacial year - 2023/2024 £17.8M

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