- RURAL DEVELOPMENT
- SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
- SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
- GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
GIZ local staff
National employees: 141
International employees: 49
Development workers: 15
Integrated experts: 3
(as at: 31.12.2020)
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Zambia since 1966 and has maintained an office in the capital, Lusaka, since 1982.
Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa with a population of around 18.4 million belonging to over 70 ethnic groups. The country is more than twice the size of Germany and is home to some of Africa’s most biodiverse nature reserves.
Thanks to rivers such as the Zambezi and Kafue, Zambia has abundant water resources that are used for agriculture and for generating power. However, climate change is having a serious impact on Zambia too. The people are increasingly suffering due to prolonged drought. Undernourishment and malnutrition are widespread, especially among small children and young mothers. Besides drought and poverty, another reason is the cultivation of maize, a nutrient-poor crop, which has been the focus of the agricultural sector for decades.
Almost half the population of Zambia is under the age of 16. There is a large gap between rich and poor and many people, particularly in rural areas, live in poverty. In 2020, the average per capita income was USD 980. It has declined steeply in recent years because the economy has been unable to keep pace with population growth. Furthermore, the government has been accumulating debt since 2015. In late 2020, Zambia therefore was unable to service its foreign debt and has defaulted vis-à-vis its international creditors.
In addition to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Foreign Office (AA), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the European Commission are GIZ’s commissioning parties in Zambia.
GIZ focuses on three priority areas in the country:
- Water and renewable energies
- Good governance
- Agriculture and food security
Projects related to water and energy help improve the drinking water supply and wastewater disposal, and promote more efficient use of Zambia’s water resources. In rural regions, GIZ also supports the expansion of renewable energy capacity.
With regard to good governance, GIZ advises the Ministry of Finance and the Zambian Revenue Authority on reorganising the public budget and improving tax collection. Other projects promote the political participation of civil society organisations, improve access to legal aid for the poor, and support Zambia’s districts and municipalities in the decentralisation of public functions.
With its agriculture-related projects, GIZ works to improve food supply and increase rural income. It promotes a broader range of agricultural products, improved cultivation methods and agricultural processing. A special focus is placed on improving maternal and child nutrition. Climate risk insurance and accurate weather information will also help reduce the risks posed by climate change for farmers.