Zambia Human Development Report - 2016

The 2016 ZHDR is a product of the advice, contributions and support of various institutions and individuals. The Report was formulated through an inclusive and participatory process that included representatives of the government, the private sector, civil society, academia, UN agencies and other cooperating partners. UNDP would like to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to all who contributed either directly or indirectly in producing the Report.

Zambia–United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework 2016 - 2021
The United Nations (UN) System in Zambia and the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) have placed their collective aspirations for supporting transformation in this new and innovative Zambia–United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework. The Partnership Framework fully reflects the high ambition of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and takes a strongly Human Rights Based Approach.
The Partnership Framework is valued at $806 million, and it aims to achieve transformational results in support of Zambia’s development priorities in the period of 2016-2021.
UN Zambia Signature Issue Paper I – The Conditions of Young People

The paper is structured as follows: it presents the relevant data in the selected topic areas; provides analysis and subsequent narrative, detailing key successes and bottlenecks; and proposes a few recommendations for consideration on strategic investments or high impact interventions that can potentially address the issues raised. The bottom line is that an educated and healthy workforce is critical to sustaining gains in economic growth and human development, and ensuring that it a more just and equitable sharing of the benefits of such development.

UN Zambia Signature Issue Paper II - The State of Inequality

Zambia has published its 2013 MDG report, which highlights areas of progress and likely achievement in parallel with areas where progress has stalled and achievement of MDG targets is unlikely. The MDG status is predominantly based on national averages.

2012 UN Policy Brief - Minimum Wage

On 4 July 2012, the Government of Zambia announced an increase in the minimum wage for domestic workers, shop workers and general workers, who are not represented by any trade union and not covered by collective bargaining agreements. The new minimum wages were announced through Statutory Instruments 45, 46 and 47.


The Challenge: Sustainable Development
A major world summit - the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) - (Rio+20) – will take place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The central issue is sustainable development – an alternative economic growth path that has witnessed a growing acceptance during the last three decades.

Climate Change and Food Security

Zambia’s natural ecosystem is being threatened by climate change. The mean annual temperature has increased by 1.3 °C since 1960, an average of 0.29°C per decade. All of the country’s agro-ecological regions are experiencing warmer winters and hotter summers (CEEEZ 2009) and annual rainfall has decreased by 1.9mm per month (2.3%) per decade since 1960, in particular in the months of December, January and February (McSweeney et al., 2008).

HIV Prevention and Youth

The Challenge: HIV and Young People

Young people aged 15-24 are at the centre of the Global AIDS epidemic. This group accounted for 41% of all new infections in 2009 and also has the highest rates (over 50,000) of sexually transmitted infections, excluding HIV. Young people are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection for social, political, cultural, biological and economic reasons. Of the 1.7 billion young people worldwide, 5.4 million are estimated to be living with HIV (UNAIDS, 2007).