• Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2013): US$ 100,000
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2013): 1 project
  • Main donors: Booyoung
  • Implementing partners: WFP, UNICEF, ILO, UNCTAD

 

General information

 

Capital: Lusaka

Major cities: Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Kabwe, Chingola, Mufulira, Luanshya, Livingstone, Kasama, Chipata.

  • Population: 14.08 Million 
  • GDP: US$ 20.68 Billion 
  • GDP growth: 7.3%% 
  • Urban population (annual %): 4.0% 
  • Population growth rate (average annual %): 3.2% 
  • Urban population growth rate (average annual %): 4.3% 
  • Rural population growth rate (average annual %): 2.5% 

Source: World Bank 2012

 

 

UN-Habitat projects in Zambia

 

Strengthening Urban Planning Capacity in Lusaka, Zambia    

The aim of this proposal is to assist the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the Lusaka City Council (LCC) in building adequate institutional capacity at both central and local levels regarding urban planning, especially concerning city extensions. This includes the support to the development of a robust urban policy and regulatory framework for Zambia and the Lusaka city in particular.

  • Duration: January 2013 - December 2013    
  • Value: US$ 100,000    
  • Donor: Booyoung   
  • Implementing partners: WFP, UNICEF, ILO, UNCTAD    
  • Location: Lusaka

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Community consultation in Kanyama, Zambia. © UN-Habitat

Overview

UN-Habitat is working with the government of the Republic of Zambia in formulating the National Urbanisation Policy (NUP). This is a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for establishing a shared vision for the desired urbanization within 20-30 years horizon or more that intends to support poverty reduction, spatial planning, land management, housing, basic and social services, infrastructural development and coordination of large-scale investments. In the recent past, UN-Habitat supported the government and selected local authorities in Disaster Risk Reduction, consultations for the draft Land Policy and land tenure security in customary and informal settlements.  In support to government effort to resettle and integrate former refugees in the northwest and western part of the country, UNHabitat under the UN-Zambia joint programme, Promoting Human Security through Sustainable Resettlement, assisted in the opening up of access roads and construction of low-cost demonstration houses using green technology in Meheba and Mayukwayukwa Refugee settlements.

Overview
Population (2018)
17.6 million
Total value of projects
US$ 877,400
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 3

Currently 40% of the Zambian population are in urban areas with an estimated 70% living in informal settlements which are characterized by significant social, economic and environmental problems.  Most of the cities in Zambia are characterized by Low local economic development; absence of supportive city form and functioning system; and Weak institutional and regulatory framework for urban development.

Impact
Over 23,000 Households benefited from the DRR flood control drainage in Kanyama ward 10 by Lusaka City Council with UN-Habitat support
18,400 households were enumerated and mapped using the GLTN’s STDM for issuance of occupancy licenses to improve security of tenure
Over 10,000 former refugees and host communities in Meheba and Mayukwayukwa resettlement scheme benefited from the programme
Urban numbers
An estimated 70% of urban population lives in informal settlements which are characterized by significant social, economic and environmental problems
Zambia faces a huge deficit of housing estimated at 1.5 million units of which 40% is for urban dwellers and 60% for rural dwellers
The urban population annual growth rate is 4.24%

“My chiefdom is situated between two cities of Lusaka and Kabwe. As they are rapidly expanding they will find that my people have already secured the land.”

Chief Chamuka, His Royal Highness Chief of the Lenje people, Central Zambia

Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or click the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

The prioritisation of human rights addresses the structural causes of inequalities and discrimination in an integrated manner. Urbanisation can only be sustainable if it is human rights based, and living conditions can only be improved for all if everyone’s human rights are comprehensively promoted and protected. UN-Habitat applies the Human-Rights Based Approach to address inequalities and discrimination, reaching the furthest behind first by placing power relationships in human settlements at the heart of its analysis and action.

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In Chamuka Chiefdom were customary certification was done,  52% female and 48% are male, resulted in  reduced land grabbing, evictions and disinheritance that used to  affected mostly the women, youths and other vulnerable groups

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Youth, children and older persons, especially those in situations of particular risk of marginalization, such as girl child and female-headed households, are often excluded from access to housing, urban basic services, public spaces and infrastructure, and the overall benefits of urbanization. Young women and men have been a key focus of UN-Habitat’s work. The agency has successfully advocated for the role of youth as leaders in sustainable urban development, recognizing the guiding principle of the SDGs of “leaving no one behind,” and the New Urban Agenda vision of cities for all. 

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

The success of UN-Habitat work in Zambia has been dependence on strong partnerships with Government Ministries, local Authorities, civil societies and traditional leaders, the chiefs who administer the majority of land in the country under customary law.  UN-Habitat in close collaboration with GLTN has been supporting the Ministry of Land in the consultation process of the Draft land policy as well as local authorities and the chiefs in community participatory action toward improving the security of tenure for all.

Contact

Alexander Chileshe
National Technical Advisor
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