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Zambia and the United States first began working together in the 1950’s when several 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 Africa south of the Sahara, 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, standing as a role model for democracy in Africa, Zambia is central to the success of U.S. initiatives in southern Africa because of its role in food security, conflict prevention, and regional security.

Working with the Zambian Government, cooperating partners, and the people Zambia, our 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 U.S. Government focus country for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; President’s Malaria Initiative; the President’s global hunger and food security initiative, known as Feed the Future; President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders; the Global Health Initiative; and the President’s Global Climate Change Initiative, among other programs.

Last updated: October 20, 2016

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