ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

What we do

ActionAid Zambia works across the four areas of advancing women's rights, education and youth engagement, inclusive and participatory governance and promoting agriculture and natural resources management.

Zambia - Some Fast Facts

  • Population: 14.54 million.
  • Gross national income per capita: $2,898.19
  • Foreign direct investment (net inflows as per centage of GDP): 10.32
  • International trade (as per centage of GDP): 83.08
  • Population living below $1.25 a day: 74.45
  • Average life expectancy at birth: 58.  
  • Years of mean schooling: 6.5
  • Adult literacy rate: 61.4%
  • Pupil-teacher ratio: 49-1
  • Education expenditure (as a per centage of GDP): 1.35
  • Adult HIV prevalence: 12.7
  • Health expenditure (as a per centrage of GDP): 6.12

Source: UNDP Human Development Reports 

What we do
  • The status of women in Zambia has historically remained low mainly due to imbalances in power relations between men and women. Most women have continued to hold second place to men in significant aspects of political, social and economic life and therefore continue to face discrimination.

  • The typical Zambian child is not aware of their rights and is often subjected to corporal punishment both at school and in the home and outside the school, this child will also contribute to the functioning and survival of the household through provision of labour for agriculture, vending of food stuffs and other commodities, and collecting of seasonal fruits and foods for consumption and income generation for the household and to meet school requirements. 

  • Zambian citizens are often disappointed that those elected renegade on their campaign promises, and are powerless to hold them to account. Worse still, the typical citizen has limited information and access to structures or platforms for engagement and is usually unaware of such opportunities. 

  • Agriculture production in Zambia has remained the major source of food income especially in rural areas where the majority of the poor reside. However, food production has been affected by a number of factors that have contributed to food insecurity and reduced incomes at household level.