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Zambia Millenium Development Goals Progress Report 2003

SARPN would like to acknowledge the UNDP Zambia country website as the source of this document: http://www.undp.org.zm/
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Introduction

This is the first Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report for Zambia. It aims at T generating dialogue on all aspects of development including the setting of national targets, designing pro-poor policies and enabling all parties to hold each other accountable for shared objectives towards the realization of the goals. In this process, civil society, the private sector, government and development partners all play complementary roles.

The Millennium Development Goals, which are to be achieved by 2015, were adopted at the United Nations (UN) Millennium Summit and are listed as follows:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
  2. Achieve universal primary education;
  3. Promote gender equality and women empowerment;
  4. Reduce child mortality;
  5. Improve maternal health;
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability; and,
  8. Develop a global partnership for development.
Numerical targets and appropriate indicators to monitor progress have been set for each goal. A common list of 18 targets and more than 40 indicators corresponding to these goals has been prepared collaboratively by the UN, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to ensure a common assessment and understanding of the status of MDGs at global, regional and national levels. Monitoring and reporting on the MDGs will take place at global and country levels to help keep poverty issues at the front and centre of national and global development agenda.

This report uses the same mechanism in monitoring progress and poverty reduction as utilized by other national frameworks and initiatives such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), which is the poverty focus of the Transitional National Development Plan (TNDP). The MDG targets and indicators will be domesticated using the targets in the PRSP process.

The trends in this report are based on information at three points in time, where possible; 1990, 2000 and 2015. Whenever data is not available for 1990 or 2000, the estimates cited refer to years closest to the two points in time. The year of the data is indicated in the tables. For 2015, the targets are calculated using the 1990 baseline data according to how the relevant target has been formulated. Data used in this report is mainly from Central Statistical Office (CSO) and other national data sources.

This report is organized into sections; the first outlines the overall development context in broad terms and the eight successive sections assess the country's progress towards the attainment of each of the MDGs. Each section examines the targets of a goal through a review of its status and trends, challenges to their achievement, and supportive environment containing policies and programmes in place that would enhance their achievement. A summary on the status and statistics at a glance are also provided.



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