Zambia 2021

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Advocating for Transparency and Accountability in Campaign and Political Party Finance


To enhance the transparency and accountability of campaign and political party finance in Zambia. The Institute will support a local partner to analyze the regulatory landscape in Zambia, develop recommendations for legislation, and effectively advocate to members of parliament (MPs) and other key government stakeholders for strengthened legislation around campaign and political party financing. NDI and its local partner will also engage civil society groups from across the Southern Africa region and from around the world to identify lessons learned and collate a set of best practices to inform future work on campaign and political party finance regulation in the region.


Makanday Media Centre Limited

Enhancing the Media’s Role in Promoting Accountability


To strengthen the media’s capacity to cover and monitor the 2021 electoral process and promote accountable governance in Zambia. The organization will build a network of journalists throughout the country and support them to monitor and report on election irregularities and the conduct of candidates, government officials, and the police. To counter corruption, impunity, and closing civic space in Zambia, the organization will further establish its center for investigative journalism and produce in-depth stories and analysis on trends revealed during the project.


Chapter One Foundation Limited

Lawyers for Human Rights


To strengthen rule of law, accountability, and protections for human rights defenders in Zambia. The organization will identify and evaluate gaps in the constitution and existing policies that impede human rights, rule of law, and civic space, and will conduct public interest litigation and policy advocacy in response. It will organize civic education forums and media programs, provide technical support to civil society coalitions and campaigns, and provide legal services to human rights defenders.


ActionAid Zambia Limited

Countering Shrinking Civic and Political Space


To strengthen the capacity of grassroots civil society to adapt and respond to closing civic space in Zambia. Informed by its recent research report, the organization will coordinate a nation-wide movement to counter shrinking civic space. It will train its network of grassroots activists and journalists to strategically navigate the new environment, build a support network for human rights defenders, monitor the effects of shrinking space throughout the country, and conduct research and policy advocacy.


Bloggers of Zambia Resources

Defending Civic Space Online


To defend and expand civic space, digital rights, and free expression in Zambia. The organization will mobilize citizens to take part in a campaign to defend civic space and conduct awareness and policy advocacy around pending internet regulation legislation. It will produce digital content to promote youth political participation and will maintain an online platform to monitor and inform citizens of key processes taking place in parliament and during Zambia’s 2021 elections.


Non-Governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council

Promoting Inclusive Citizen Engagement and Participation in Governance


To enhance citizen participation, engagement, and coordination in governance processes in Zambia. The organization will coordinate civil society organizations and human rights defenders to jointly campaign for more accountable governance, protections for civic space, and constitutional awareness in five provinces. It will facilitate the creation of networks of human rights defenders and host public forums for communities to discuss on ongoing governance processes and to review political party manifestos ahead of Zambia’s 2021 elections.