CIVICUS Civil Society Index

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Zambian Sectoral and Regional Distribution of Civil Society

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 23, 2011

The case study on the Sectoral and Regional Distribution of Civil Society in Zambia was carried out in Zambia by the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), the Civil Society Index (CSI) project partner in Zambia.

 The case study was aimed at identifying the sectoral and regional distribution of civil society in Zambia. It shows the different CSOs in Zambia and how they are distributed between sectors and regions. One of the hypotheses that the case study was based on was that civil society organisations operating in Zambia are fairly balanced in their distribution across regions and sectors.

 The study found that education, youth and child development organisation have the highest number of CSOs in Zambia at 43% and this could be attributed to the fact that these 3 areas are a key priority for donors at the moment. It was interesting to note that the Health and Nutrition, Gender, Agriculture, Land and Trade thematic Groups stood at less than 10% and this could have a lot to do with the criteria employed by the donors when allocating funds. The concentration of CSOs is high in the sectors that receive more funding.

The need for Apex NGOs and ZCSD to come up with a programme to promote vibrancy and migration of CSOs to regions outside the line of the railways was noted as one of the recommendations in the case study. Another recommendation was that there is a need for ZCSD to consider realigning its membership register to sectors and regions, so that it can be easy for any development player to make use of such a register to avoid duplication of interventions by others, especially when planning for activities.


The full case study can be accessed here


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