Zambia’s economy can benefit by diversifying
its production and export structure from low value products, dominated by
primary commodities, to high value products. In rural areas, the primary
economic activities are subsistence and small-scale farming, while industrial
activity and jobs are concentrated in urban centers. Despite progress and many
strong policies in Zambia, challenges such as duplicative regulations and
licensing, siloed information, and policy implementation gaps create an
unfavorable business environment, constraining private sector investment
particularly in rural areas. These challenges often disproportionately affect
women and women-led businesses.
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.