Partner Profile of the Week: ZCSD in Zambia
Posted by civilsocietyindex on October 22, 2009
Congratulations to our partners, the Zambian Council for Social Development (ZCSD), who have been enjoying great successes in implementing the CSI in Zambia. Below their profile, you can find some pictures from recent CSI activities undertaken in the country.
The ZCSD is an umbrella organisation of more than 100 civil society organisations whose main goal is to promote vibrant, independent and well coordinated civil society organisations in the country.
The mission for ZCSD is to promote and facilitate sustainable, social-economic development through collaboration and networking among Non Governmental Organisations, Community based organisations, strategic partners and stakeholders.
The vision for ZCSD is to improve lives for the vulnerable where people are healthy, educated, motivated and empowered to make informed choices.
Since its formation in 1974, ZCSD has aimed at giving support to civil society organisation, networking and strengthening member linkages, advocating and policy work as well as internal capacity building.
To live up to its mission, ZCSD has undertaken activities mainly focused on:
- providing relevant information, resources and support to CSOs. The special emphasis on this area is placed on youth and women organisations concerning their rights and ability to effectively and freely operate.
- Collaboration with CSOs and CBOs. Its emphasis is placed on youth and women organisations in Zambia and in the region. This area has paved way to provide institutional and technical support the Zambia Social Forum and other Social Movements.
- Building capacity of key CSOs including youth and women organisations in the nine provinces of Zambia to understand and advocate on key policy issues affecting them; and strengthen ZCSD research, popularisation, dissemination and advocacy on relevant policies.
- As well as well as ensuring that the organisation is recognised as a credible and independent advocacy civil society organisation amongst the national CSOs, INGOs and donors as well as ensuring a professional and competent ZCSD secretariat in terms of staffing, offices and management systems.
On a regional level, ZCSD as a national umbrella body represents Zambian civil society in a number of international and regional bodies most notably the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC CNGO), lobbying for greater influence for civil society, and tackling important issues such as Human Rights and Good Governance on a regional and national level.
In the field of research, ZCSD is currently conducting a research on the Civil Society Index Project to assess the state of civil society organisations in Zambia through CIVICUS.
No 11 Azikiwe Cresent Northmead.
P: Box 32997 Lusaka Zambia
Telefax: +260 211 236219
CSI contacts: Chimfweembe Mweenge (email@example.com), Lois Kayumba (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At a CSI regional focus group meeting
Group shot of the focus group meeting in Mansa