Zambia

Overview of SDG progress I. Education – the classes for pupils are overcrowded for up to 100 per class. Teachers do not report for work because of lack of housing. II. Water and Sanitation – Some rivers have dried up making it a challenge for farmers to venture into agriculture activities after the rain season. Improve irrigation systems. Provision of clean drinking water in rural areas III. Agriculture – the four bags of fertilizer given to farmers for the Farmer Input Support Program is not sufficient to sustain household requirement. The input is also delivered late way in the farming season. Another recommendation is the promotion of organic farming. VI. Health – most medicines are not available in the health centers.The health centers are far from the communities. VII. Governance – the community members said they have no say to decision made by the management of the area. VIII. Youths – Most places in Zambia lacks youth training centers.   Overview of climate change I. The Country has been receiving less and delayed rain in last few years. This rain pattern has brought about hunger, different diseases, lack of clean drinking water and high unemployment. Communities spend sleepless nights at wells to fetch for water. II. The country needs water reservoirs. III. Government (metrological department) needs to improve on communication on climate change to enable farmers implement the farming plans according to the weather pattern for the season. IV. Government to explore the areas’ nature resources to provide water. Some places such as Kanakantapa in Chongwe has a mountain with water which could be tapped for irrigation and also river and streams whose water can be harvested.   Civil society priorities I. Education – build schools near where people live especially in rural areas. II. Health III. Youth mobilization and empowerment IV. Encourage local markets especially bulking – to avoid going to city markets where most farmers are mistreated by middlemen. V. Community based structures and platforms for engagement and consultation.   Civil society engagement I. There is nothing much happening for the most marginalized group of persons living with disabilities especially Women with disabilities and girls. II. Women and girls’ issues in most process of development in the area are not well attended to. There are fewer women in the decision-making table.   Public awareness It is proving difficult to have any meaningful dialogue with the Zambian government lately. There are government funded NGOs and most of the time these are the NGOs consulted by government on most issues of national interest and development.

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