One of the EU Delegation's main activities is to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia realising its national development objectives. For the period 2008 to 2013, an amount of 519 million EUR has been made available for this purpose. The European Union and the Government of the Republic of Zambia have agreed to focus the EU's development cooperation primarily on the sectors presented in the following pie chart:
These programmes are financed under the European Development Fund(EDF), the main instrument for providing EU assistance to countries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). Programmes are reflected in the Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme (CSP–NIP), which is the result of negotiations with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, civil society, EU Member States and other Cooperating Partners. Other projects are funded directly under the European Union budget. This concerns in particular projects in support of non-State actors, local authorities.
EU assistance under the EDF or the EU budget is provided in form of grants. The European Investment Bank also intervenes in Zambia in the form of loans.
More detailed information on the activities financed by the European Union can be found on the webpages of the Delegation's operational sections:
- Economics and rural development
- Social sectors, support to governance and civil society organisations
Read more about the European Union's development policies at the website of the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid.
Useful reference documents:
- The ACP-EU Partnership Agreement(Cotonou Agreement)
- European Consensus on Development
- Agenda for Change