Zambia currently lacks economic diversification and information and communication technology connectivity, especially in many rural areas. Policy challenges in the agricultural sector include unbalanced agriculture policies favoring maize production over other crops, poor financing for research and development, and low mechanization and information communication technologies to increase yields. Challenges in the tourism sector include limitations in policy enforcement and illegal demands on natural resources, such as bush meat, charcoal, and timber, among others. Energy as a driver of economic diversification is constrained by electricity generation sources and significant gender differences in access, use, and effects of different energy sources.
Business Enabling Project will facilitate an enabling environment for increased
private-sector investments in agriculture, eco-tourism, energy, sustainable
natural resource management, and trade in rural areas of Zambia. The Project
will prioritize actions that enhance women’s economic participation across all
components of the project, including business enabling policy reform,
public-private dialogue, and institutional strengthening. The Project will strengthen
policy implementation and effective communication across and between the
Zambian government, private sector, and civil society. It will also promote
greater engagement between the public and private sectors on key challenges facing
businesses in rural areas. By improving government regulations, and creating
more business-friendly processes and requirements, the Project will contribute
to USAID’s development objectives in Zambia, in particular, reducing rural
poverty through enterprise-driven, inclusive economic growth.
OUR GOALS AND RESULTS
The Project has two mutually reinforcing objectives:
- Streamline/improve processes and policies that catalyze gender-equitable private sector investment in target sectors.
- Strengthen informed decision-making for Government of Zambia policy implementation and formulation through linkages with strengthened civil society organizations and the private sector, where women’s interests are equally represented.
The goals of the Project are to:
- Reduce rural poverty and promote inclusive growth.
- Catalyze private sector investment and trade in rural areas.
- Promote innovation and technology for economic growth.
- Enhance gender inclusion and empowerment.
- Facilitate a strong business enabling environment through improved policy formulation and implementation processes.
- Strengthen informed decision-making for policy implementation and linkages between the government, civil society, and the private sector.
- Build capacity of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector.