Zambia

Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 15.72 million
  • Population under 15: 46%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 58 years
  • Human Development Index: 139 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Lower middle income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence: 12.4%
  • Mean Household Composition: 5.1 members
  • Female-Headed Households: 27%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 31%

Sources: World Bank UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2013/2014

Rory Truell - The Guardian Social Care Network20 Mar 2017

Article from The Guardian’s Social Care Network recognizing World Social Work Day and the needs of vulnerable children in Zambia.

Better Care Network7 Feb 2017

The Zambia National Consultation Accelerating Children’s Care Reform Report is a summary report of a stakeholders’ meeting held between key stakeholders in children’s care in May, 2016.  

GHR Foundation26 Oct 2016

This video from GHR Foundation discusses how in Zambia severe poverty and deaths from HIV/AIDS have led to child abandonment and a large population of orphans and vulnerable children.  It further states that these challenges faced by the Zambian children include higher levels of poverty.  There are also the combined effects of HIV/AIDS and poverty, which have made most of these households’ capacity very weak and compromises their ability to look after these children.

Universitiet Stellenbosch University, University College London1 Oct 2016

This report evaluates the efficacy of community based organisations and discusses the need for the evaluation of community based care for children living in HIV communities.

Jennifer Biggs Miller, Donna DeGracia, Maureen Dykinga, Deb Filer, Mary Hearst, Renee Hepperlen, Dana Johnson, Zeina Makhoul, Paula Rabaey, Holly Willis24 Sep 2016

This document provides a formative assessment on the state of children with disabilities in Zambia.

St. Catherine University and SPOON Foundation 24 Sep 2016

This summary examines the conditions children with disabilities face in Zambia.  The summary asks if the quality of life for these children can be improved?  

UNHCR 1 Sep 2016

According to this article, in 2015, the instability in Burundi and in the Democratic Republic of Congo resulted in 2,965 persons (mainly from DRC, Burundi and Somalia) applying for asylum in Zambia. Last year, UNHCR was informed that 147 persons of concern, including 24 asylum-seekers and 18 children were being detained for immigration-related purposes. 

UNHCR1 Aug 2016

Global Strategy – Beyond Detention 2014-2019 is a document released by UNHCR, which aims to support governments to end the detention of asylum-seekers and refugees.  

Better Care Network14 Jul 2016

This country care review includes the care-related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Edited by Benjamin Davis, Sudhanshu Handa, Nicola Hypher, Natalia Winder Rossi, Paul Winters, and Jennifer Yablonski – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The United Nations Children’s Fund, and Oxford University Press12 Jul 2016

This book published jointly by FAO, UNICEF, and Oxford University Press presents the findings from evaluations of the Transfer Project, a cash transfer project undertaken in the following sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  It concludes that cash transfers are becoming a key means for social protection in developing countries. 

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