National Social Protection Policy: Reducing poverty, inequality and vulnerability

The Zambian Government is committed to reducing poverty and vulnerability among its population in general and for the poor and vulnerable segments of society in particular. Recognizing that vulnerability and the lack of resilience result from, cause and reinforce poverty, Government's poverty reduction efforts cannot side-line Social Protection. Traditionally, Government has included Social Protection programs as part of the broader social policy.  However, Social Protection implementation continued to be fragmented, uncoordinated, poorly resourced and ineffectively evaluated. The formulation of this National Social Protection Policy is one of Government's dedicated efforts to ensure that the role of social protection in propoor growth remains central and increases in systemic efficiency.