Development cooperation , 14.04.2014

Support for the Expansion of Social Protection Programme


The Social Protection Programme aims to reduce poverty among the most vulnerable groups in Zambia in order for them to live a life of dignity and to participate in economic activities. The programme is implementing previously succesfully piloted family grant and child grant models and developing employment pension and social pension schemes. It also strengthens the capacities of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) and Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS). 64% of all Zambians and 80% of people in rural areas live under the poverty line. The Social Protection Programme has proven to be an effective way to impact the extreme poverty in Zambia, and the government has showed increasing political and financial support to the programme. In 2014 the government of Zambia will increase its allocation of funds for social cash transfers by 800% in 2014, and the additional funding from donors ensures that the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health has sufficient capacity and technical support to implement the rapid expansion of the programme to extend the cover of the programme from 13 districts to 50. Finland’s additional funding for 2014 will cover, in particular, developing an implementation plan for the National Social Protection Policy, implementing a National Disability Survey as well as establishing a grievance mechanism which allows beneficiaries to report of any problems in the programme. The programme is a joint effort by Unicef, ILO, DFID, IrishAid, Finland and Zambia, and the current phase is being implemented between 2010-2014. The additional funding will be channeled through Unicef. The next phase of the programme is ongoing and it will cover years 2015-17.

Funding decision  14.04.2014

900 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Social mitigation of HIV/AIDS 20%
  • Social/ welfare services 80%

Funding channel

YK:n lastenrahasto



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