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Photo: Environmental Division Team Leader, David Arnoldo Mijan (center), leads USAID’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team during a site visit of protected areas in Lutembwe Forest in Chipata.
Environmental Division Team Leader, David Arnoldo Mijan (center), leads USAID’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team during a site visit of protected areas in Lutembwe Forest in Chipata.
Photo: USAID Zambia /EDEV Office

The partnership between the United States and Zambia began in the 1950’s when several Zambian students received scholarships to study in the U.S.  At independence in 1964, Zambia was considered by many to be the second wealthiest nation in sub-Sharan Africa, however, due primarily to the global reduction in copper prices, by the late 1970s the strong post-independence economy had declined. In 1977, the United States responded by formally creating the USAID mission in Zambia. 

Today, due to its potential to play a larger role in food security, conflict prevention, and regional security, Zambia remains central to the success of U.S. initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.  Working with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, cooperating partners, and the people Zambia, the USAID program concentrates on:

  • Improving the health of Zambians;
  • Reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS;
  • Raising the quality of basic education;
  • Increasing agriculture-led economic growth to reduce rural poverty and food insecurity;
  • Reducing climate change and protecting the environment; and
  • Enhancing democratic governance.

USAID's mission in Zambia is a United States Government focus country for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI); the President’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, known as Feed the Future; Mandela Washington Fellows Program; President’s Global Climate Change Initiative; and the U.S. President’s Power Africa and Trade Africa programs.

Last updated: June 11, 2019

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