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Photo of the late Chief Nyampande of Zambia's Nsenga Tribe

The International Development community mourns the loss of Chief Nyamphande IV, a traditional chief of the Nsenga Tribe of Zambia, who passed away suddenly on January 17th, 2020. Chief Nyamphande was a celebrated land champion known for his promotion of women’s land rights and access to land for all people across Zambia. An important USAID partner, Chief Nyamphande contributed to numerous national development efforts over the course of his career, and his leadership offered a model of good governance for customary land.

Game ranger Peter Tembo with his partner, Lego. Part of the USAID-funded Canine Detection Team fighting wildlife trafficking in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Photo courtesy of Conservation Lower Zambezi.

Wildlife crime is on the rise throughout sub-Saharan Africa and, with over 20 national parks and 34 game management areas, Zambia is not immune. Accounting for over 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, Zambia’s tourism industry is under threat from poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.


In Zambia, women hold a small minority of official leadership positions. While many desire to occupy leadership roles within their communities, workplaces, and on the national stage, they collectively do not have the skills and opportunities to ascend to these positions in significant numbers.

Ageleh works at the Temple of the Winged Lions and has earned enough money to send two of her children to university.

Ageleh Al Jmeidi is in many ways the matriarch of the site that has become home to a USAID project that helps train local community members in archaeological conservation and preservation, with the ultimate aim of providing sustainable economic opportunities.

Last updated: June 26, 2020

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