JCP works, together with local civil society, for a Zambia where all women, men, girls and boys are empowered to promote their economic, political, social, environmental and democratic rights and to benefit from sustainable development.

Country Director
Jonathan Lea-Howarth

Joint Country Programme Zambia (DCA, NCA, CA)
Leopards Hill Rd C/13/488a
P.O Box 30703
Lusaka, Zambia

10,101,133 US$ as JCP

People in need reached
Over 30,000 beneficiaries by 2018

Worked in Zambia
As DCA Country Office since 2004 and as a Joint Country Programme since 2011, but DCA has supported works in Zambia since 1989

DCA in Zambia

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).

Read the Newsletter (July - September 2018) from our Joint Country Programme here

Activities in Zambia

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness and Response

We align our emergency response with Government’s approach through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit. We have a sustainable emergency response system embedded in networks and alliances with the Government, the UN agencies, Faith Actors, ACT Alliance and the ACT Zambia Forum, for a prompt response in case of an emergency.

Since JCP is a member of the ACT Forum in Zambia, we will respond to disasters mainly through the Forum members in areas affected by extreme poverty and vulnerabilities due to droughts, and floods.

JCP seeks to work with partners, to create synergy for advocacy and disaster risk reduction i.e. to integrate disaster mitigation, increase resilience and sustain livelihood sources and protection of communities.

Resource Governance

Resource Governance

We support the active participation and oversight of the rights-holders in development of governmental policies and budgets for poverty reduction, and improved legal framework to govern mining industries.

Moreover, we lobby the government to be more transparent and accountable in resource governance, for instance, 4 targeted advocacy initiatives were initiated on the domestication of African Mining Initiative, Freedom of Information, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Public Resource Management

Gender Justice

Gender Justice

We work actively to reduce Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in our programme areas by challenging social norms that condone violence against women and girls.

We also lobby for legislation pertaining to protection against and prosecution of GBV. Our collaboration on gender justice with civil societies, in particular FBOs, has been very productive for social action to condemn GBV and diminish the influence of regressive customary gender practices.

We enable increased participation of women in decision-making fora at local and national level and through partner organisations, we provide safe, adequate and appropriate support services to GBV survivors. 

Economic Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

Aligned with Zambia’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Policy, the programme operates with a specific aim of securing opportunities and sustainable employment for the beneficiaries, especially women and youth.

We facilitate the participation and mobilization of the beneficiaries in the informal sector especially in rural areas. Through micro or small enterprises, right-holders are provided with access to local and domestic markets, and entrepreneurship and vocational trainings.

Value chain development within the agriculturural sector is expected to yield surplus gains for the beneficiaries. 

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Where we work in Zambia

Local Partners

  • Catholic Diocese of Ndola
  • Catholic Diocese of Solwezi
  • Caritas Zambia
  • Caritas Chipata
  • Centre for Trade Policy & Development (CTPD)
  • Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ)
  • Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR)
  • Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ)
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA)
  • Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR)
  • Men’s Network - Zambia Women’s Lobby Group (ZWLG)
  • Monze Diocese Development Department (MDDD)
  • Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) in partnership with Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Sisters
  • Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA) Zambia
  • Zambia Chamber of Small & Medium Business Associations (ZCSMBA)
  • Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA)
  • Village Water Zambia (VWZ)
  • Harvest Help Zambia (HHZ)
  • Response Network

Donors in Zambia

A group empowered through the DCA and EU co-sponsored project inspect a solar vegetable dryer, 2017

Girls and boys from one of the Gender Justice Projects

©Bellah Zulu

Danish parish volunteer Arne Søgaard shows a local farmer Kenny Siamatika the box used to collect donations

©Bellah Zulu

Volunteer Hanne Jorgensen touches local farmer Kenny Siamatika's goat

©Bellah Zulu

Welu Phiri and her daughter

©Bellah Zulu

Mina Sakala and her husband Boniface Sakala

©Bellah Zulu

L-R Susan Jere and Venesta Tembo

©Bellah Zulu

Hannah (R) a Danish volunteer and Prudence (L) (from host family) become good friends after living together for one month in Zambia, 2017

Faith leaders play key role in fight for Tax Justice in Africa (PIC Sheik Jaafar Kawinga from Malawi), 2017

DCA still lives on in the lives of the people in Zambia through their improved lives and t-shirts, 2017

Children from Mumbeji village in Western Zambia after receiving piped water in their village, 2015

Ceeba Village Headman Samuel Soda shows off his tomato garden established under our SESE project, 2017

Ceeba Village Headman Samuel Soda shows off his tomato garden established under our SESE project, 2017 (b)

Anne Sofie Fogh Christensen from Denmark lived with a family in rural Zambia for a  month in our volunteer program, 2017

An activist matched for tax justice in the Zambian mining sector at the DCA co-sponsored Zambia Mining Indaba, 2017

Our global goals

Save lives
Our goal is to protect and save lives 

Build resilient communities
Our goal is to ensure sustainable development

Fight extreme inequality
Our goal is to fight political, social and environmental and economic inequality