In Zambia, DanChurchAid (DCA) works together with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Christian Aid (CA), under the mandate of the Joint Country Programme (JCP) established in 2011 to empower rights-holders, especially rural women and youth.
As a country Zambia is endowed with massive natural resources with an estimated 14 million people of whom 51% are women and 49% men. However Zambia also has many inequality and poverty challenges, but also a massive potential for economic growth with its rich natural resources such as copper and cobalt. Working in this context the last five years has revealed that while Zambia has enjoyed robust economic growth averaging 6% in the last decade, this growth has not equally benefitted the 14 million Zambians, especially the rural poor.
The failure of the strong macroeconomic position to translate into reduction in poverty, inequalities and improve general living conditions for the majority of the Zambians is associated with the poor governance model where despite major investments in developments, job creation has not grown in tandem with gains in economic growth.
Through strong networks and alliances within Zambian civil society, we uphold and protect people’s dignity and promote their active participation in the development of their country. We work with local partners on a long-term basis to help them become more sustainable and mature as civil society actors in Zambia. Our partners include two church mother bodies: Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) now called the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB).