Defending Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Zambia

Non-Governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council


To strengthen and coordinate civil society’s response to rapidly shrinking civic space and a breakdown of rule of law in Zambia. The project will coordinate civil society leaders to jointly campaign for more accountable governance, protections for civic space, and the implementation of a constitutional bill of rights. The organization will lead the development of a series of position papers responding to the country’s developing national dialogue, and will manage a legal defense fund for human rights defenders.

Lawyers for Human Rights

Zambia Episcopal Conference (Caritas Zambia)


To defend human rights, rule of law, and constitutionalism in Zambia. The project will launch an initiative dedicated to providing legal services to human rights defenders, training human rights lawyers, strengthening the work of civil society activists, and conducting strategic litigation to promote human rights and the rule of law. The organization will establish an office, hold a public launch event, and host monthly workshops for lawyers and civil society activists.

Re-Opening the Space

Bloggers of Zambia


To counter threats to free expression and association in Zambia. The organization will work with a network of journalists and civil society activists on a joint campaign that will influence upcoming legislation that intends to further limit internet freedoms and digital space. The campaign will feature policy dialogues, legal analysis, briefings with lawmakers, and media campaigns. The grant will also support a regional meeting for activists from East and Southern Africa to share challenges and solutions to growing threats to civic space.

Strengthening Citizens’ Oversight of Zambia’s Constitutional Reform Process

Panos Institute Southern Africa


To strengthen citizen oversight of Zambia’s constitutional reform and national dialogue process. The organization will train and coordinate civil society leaders from each province to carry out an awareness campaign around the ongoing constitutional reform process, and will train journalists to accurately report on the process. The project will provide platforms for citizen input and oversight of the national dialogue through community and national forums and interactive community radio programs.

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