USAID announces $ 11.3 million in additional funding for Zambia



USAID announces $ 11.3 million in additional funding for Zambia

USAID has programmed approximately $ 30 million in new US government funding for the people of Zambia

WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced an additional $ 11.3 million in assistance to Zambia to strengthen democracy and governance and support small and medium-sized agrifood companies. In the two months following the August 12 presidential election in Zambia, USAID programmed approximately $ 30 million in new US government funding for the Zambian people.

Of the additional funds announced today, $ 7.4 million will support the Zambian government’s decentralization initiatives and local governance; supporting independent and new media, freedom of expression and the protection of human rights; and support tax policy and tax administration reforms. $ 3.9 million will help grow small and medium-sized businesses, especially those led by women, with a focus on boosting job creation and income growth.

The new funding follows USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s recent meeting with Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, where the two discussed US support for Zambia and the president’s broad democratic and economic reform agenda. Hichilema. At their September 23 meeting, Administrator Power announced $ 18.5 million in funding from USAID to support President Hichilema’s priorities, including combating COVID-19 and HIV / AIDS, strengthening the the country’s energy sector and strengthening democracy.

In FY2020, the U.S. government provided nearly $ 460 million in development and health assistance to Zambia, reinforcing the U.S. commitment to partner with the government of the Republic. from Zambia to enhance large-scale development; promote good governance, human rights and media freedom; and improve the overall quality of life for all Zambians.

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