Norwegian Church Aid in Zambia
- Presence established: 2003
- Funds used in 2015: 21.7 million NOK
Norwegian Church Aid has been present in Zambia since 2003, and together with our partners we have strengthened community rights, reduced environmental destruction and contributed to policy and legal changes.
Norwegian Church Aid, Dan Church Aid and Christian Aid work together in Zambia within the framework of a Joint Country Programme, and work with natural resource governance, economic empowerment, reproductive health and gender justice.
Empowering local communities is crucial in responding to climate change vulnerabilities. Read Village headman Edwin Kanyungula in the Zambezi District’s story here.
Zambia is rich in natural resources, such as soil, minerals, forests and wildlife. The country is Africa’s largest copper producer. Unfortunately, these natural resources have not benefited most people. Norwegian Church Aid works to ensure that a greater percentage of the population can take part in the mining industry, and to reduce the high unemployment rate, among other activities.
Our work also focuses on assisting poor and marginalised groups and communities in Zambia to develop methods for adapting to climate change. Within this context, mobilisation of citizens and equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills is important for sustainable development.
Good governance and management is a challenge in many sectors in Zambia, and corruption is widespread. We help local organisations in demanding that democratic practices are followed, to hold their governments accountable and to monitor government budgets to ensure that money is spent where it is needed.
Norwegian Church Aid supports efforts to help the poorest in Zambia - often groups that are marginalised or who are especially vulnerable, such as people and families affected by HIV/AIDS or orphaned children. In 2013 over 9,000 people in Zambia received help to earn their own income, most of whom were women.
An increase of 15% of the health sector budget in Zambia was a result of our the advocacy work of our partner, the Christian Health Association of Zambia.
One out of four who seek health care in Zambia has Malaria, and this is a great strain on the country's limited health budget. Zambia is also ranked number seven globally in terms of HIV infection in the population, and young women are especially vulnerable. Our work is focused by providing people living with HIV/AIDS legal, social and economic aid.
Together with our partners we have trained over a thousand women in 2013 alone so that they can assume leadership jobs or work for the government.
Although women make up more than 50 percent of the population, women in Zambia are almost invisible in decision-making at all levels of society. Unemployment and violence against women is widespread. We believe that the best way to show how good a job a woman can do is to demonstrate good role models. Therefore, we facilitate the empowerment of women and address the structural causes of gender-based discrimination.
The joint program is implemented in partnership with local faith-based and other professional civil society organisations. The experiences and knowledge of the three sister organisations (NCA, DCA and CA) has deepened and broadened by the merger to form the Joint Country Programme in Zambia. The overall goal of the Joint Country Programme is “to contribute to creating an enabling environment that promotes Zambian citizens and especially poor men and women, to own and actively participate in shaping the national development agenda for their benefit.”