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February 1, 2016

This handbook provides a brief overview of the current and recently culminated activities associated with the USAID mission in Zambia.

February 24, 2015

Zambia is known for its gentle and peaceful people, incredible natural beauty, fertile soil, and vast mineral wealth. With an increase in copper prices and sound macroeconomic policies, Zambia’s economy started rising in the late 1990s and has averaged five to six percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth over the past decade. Impressive macro-level performance, however, belies the reality facing most Zambians. Zambia’s new Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) notes, “the economic growth experienced during the last decade has not translated into significant reductions in poverty and improved general living conditions of the majority of Zambians.” This is particularly true for rural Zambians where 80% of the population lives in poverty, of which 63% live below $1.25 per day. Health and education constraints limit the ability of many Zambians to fully participate in economic opportunity. Of Zambians between the ages of 15-49, 14.3% are HIV positive while nearly half of Zambia’s children under five are stunted. Barely 20% of Zambia’s learners finish secondary school, with girls particularly disadvantaged.

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Last updated: April 19, 2018

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