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.
Zambia has experienced 12 straight years of impressive economic growth and its average per capita income of $1,760 makes it a lower-middle-income country. With more than two decades of successful multi-party democracy, the country has also been a bastion of peace and security. Despite this peace and prosperity, however, three out of four Zambians still live in extreme poverty and the country faces major challenges, including high unemployment, low agricultural productivity, inadequate road and energy infrastructure, poor education outcomes, and health crises due to HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and malnutrition.
Since Zambia’s independence in 1964, the United States has provided close to $4 billion to support the country’s economic, political and social development and to respond to major crises, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and periodic droughts. This support has helped Zambia achieve dramatic improvements in some welfare indicators, such as life expectancy (52 years up from 39 in 2002) and maternal mortality (398 per 100,000 births, down from 729 in 2002).
USAID assistance focuses on: (1) improving the health of all Zambians, with a particular focus on women and vulnerable children; (2) reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses; (3) increasing agriculture-led economic development to reduce rural poverty and food insecurity; (4) mitigating climate change and environmental risks; (5) raising education quality and learner performance; and (6) advancing civil society, governance, and public service delivery.
Last updated: January 12, 2016