The USAID Strengthening Educational Performance-Up (STEP-Up) project works directly with Ministry of Education and other USAID/Zambia education projects to invigorate management and develop policies & strategies that improve learner performance.
USAID and the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs joined together in highlighting the role of chieftainesses and female traditional leaders as powerful advocates of peace and national stability.
USAID & Feed the Future help small-scale farmers expand their business through training on best agricultural practices and the sharing of information within the local community.
Although Zambia has experienced 12 straight years of impressive economic growth and its average income of $1,460 makes it a lower-middle-income country, that growth has not benefited the two-thirds of Zambians who live in poverty. Reflecting considerable U.S. Government investment over time in one of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS, some social indicators have improved, with life expectancy at birth now at 52 years (up from 39) and maternal mortality at 591 per 100,000 live births (down from 729). The country's challenge is to promote broad-based, pro-poor economic growth, create employment and develop its human capital. Accordingly, USAID’s assistance concentrates on increasing agriculture-led economic growth to reduce rural poverty and food insecurity; improving the health of Zambians; reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS; raising the quality of basic education; and enhancing democratic governance.
Last updated: April 13, 2015