Government services and citizen participation in Zambia

Through a new DFID-funded programme in Zambia, the British Council is helping to improve governance, political representation and citizen influence on government’s service delivery in target sectors: education, health and justice.

The Zambia Accountability Programme will run for five years and has a total value of £26 million. The British Council has been selected to deliver the programme’s two interrelated components.

At the national level we are working together with the Zambian government, we will work to improve the quality of political representation to ensure it is fair for the country’s citizens. We will also work with the government to strengthen the management of public resources to improve basic health and education services.

At the sub-national level we are working with civil society we will aim to increase democratic accountability by strengthening mechanisms for citizens to influence government resources and services at a local level. We will also help to build the capacity of the Zambian media to make them better equipped to hold the government to account on issues affecting society.

We will be providing grants to key Zambian stakeholders to help us achieve the objectives of the programme’s two components.

Read about more about how we work with civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa.