DFID Zambia Profile: July 2018
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty. This is what developing countries want and is what the international system needs to help deliver. Whilst there is an urgent need for traditional aid in many parts of the world, ultimately economic development is how we will achieve the Global Goals and help countries move beyond the need for aid.
Contribution to the Global Goals and other government commitments (achieved as at March 2018)
56 thousand children supported to gain a decent education
1.5 million people with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation
922 thousand children under 5, women and adolescent girls reached through nutrition related interventions
482 thousand additional women and girls using modern methods of family planning
Economic development: UK support has created 6,000 jobs and will create a further 20,000 by 2020. We will help grow the value of small businesses by £23 million and make Zambia more attractive for investment and trade.
Basic services: The UK will help improve the nutrition of over 1.4 million women, babies and children, giving almost half a million more women choice about the size of their family and providing 1.7 million people with access to better sanitation.
Building stability and institutions: Our diplomatic and development expertise and influence contributes to regional stability by helping Zambians hold their government to account and ensuring it increasingly provides for its people and needs less external aid.