Development Cooperation in Zambia

Schmidt, Loki, KK Enlarge image Former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and his late wife Loki with Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia. (© picture alliance) The Governments of the Republic of Zambia and the Federal Republic of Germany look back on approximately 50 years of development cooperation.

More recently, the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) is considered as the guideline for our partnership. All strategies are therefore based on Zambian policies and realities and follow explicit, transparent pro-poor strategies. Germany welcomes initiatives like the “Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness”, the “Accra Agenda for Action” or “Busan 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness” and actively supports its implementation in Zambia in close collaboration with Government and other cooperating partners.

Regarding the Zambian context, consensual values like a more effective and harmonized aid delivery, a stronger alignment to strategies, institutions and procedures of GRZ, improved mutual accountability in the spirit of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for action, and managing for results become vivid in the Joint Assistance Strategy for Zambia II (JASZ II) offering orientation for coordinated development efforts. Besides, Germany' s contribution to the Poverty Reduction Budget Support (PRBS) programme puts these principles into practice.

In the same vein, the Zambian and the German governments have agreed to concentrate their efforts in development cooperation on the two priority areas "Water and Sanitation" and ”Good Governance“ embracing ”Decentralisation“ and ”Civil Society Participation“. Under the JASZ II division of labour framework, Germany is a member of the lead troika for ”Water and Sanitation” and holds the lead in the area of ”Decentralisation”. In 2011, Germany fulfilled its role as the lead cooperating partner for the Poverty Reduction Budget Support (PRBS).

During the 2014-2016 Bilateral Government Negotiations in November 2014, Germany has committed a total amount of 121.5 million euro (plus 8.5 million for the special initiative "One World - No Hunger") to the following areas:

Technical Cooperation (million €)

Financial Cooperation (million €)


(million €)

Water and Sanitation




Good Governance (Decentralisation, Good Financial Governance and Civil Society Participation)




Outside priority areas: HIV/AIDS Prevention, Energy,

Wildlife Management, Study and Expert Fund




German Development Cooperation




Special Initiative "One World - No Hunger"


German Development Cooperation in Zambia - an Overview

Zambia is an important partner country for German Development Cooperation. In close cooperation with the Zambian government Germany contributes to the improvement of the livelihood of the Zambian people and supports the political, economic, environmental and social development of Zambia.

Irrigation canal

Water and Sanitation

Water and Sanitation is one of the focus areas of German Development Cooperation in Zambia. Germany assists Zambia in improving and securing access to safe and reliable water and basic sanitation, especially for the poor in urban and rural areas.

Voter registration in the district of Milanzi

Democratisation, State and Civil Society – more participation in decision making processes

The programme is promoting better cooperation, coordination and dialogue between state institutions and civil society organisations at national, provincial and district level.

MP and Mayor

Decentralisation - a way to better delivery of public services

The National Decentralisation Policy of Zambia is to strengthen local government in order to achieve more effective citizen participation in governance and accountable delivery of public services.

Development Cooperation in Zambia

German Zambian Cooperation

German Development Cooperation in Zambia - Brochure 2017

GDC Brochure

You want to find out more about the German Development Cooperation? Click here for an overview of main stakoholders and priority sectors of Germany's engagement in Zambia.

The Implementing Agencies


The guidelines and the fundamental concepts of German development policy are developed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The BMZ contracts the implementing organisations with the concrete realisation of the development-policy projects of the German government.

Drafting of border treaty between Mozambique and Zambia

Participants of the bilateral meeting

On Monday, the 20th of November 2017, Ambassador Burkart has launched a bilateral meeting between the Republic of Mozambique and the Republic of Zambia, which initiates a process to draft an international border treaty between both countries.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Special Needs Education Resource Centre at UNZA

Special Needs Education Resource Centre at UNZA

On 19th October 2017 a German funded new Special Needs Education Resource Centre at University of Zambia (UNZA) has been officially opened by the First Lady of Zambia, Mrs. Esther Lungu, and Ambassador Achim Burkart.

German Government donates a new Husky anti-poaching Aircraft to North Luangwa National Park

Amb. Burkart handing over Husky to Hon PS Muatale

On June 20th 2017, Ambassador Burkart handed-over to Hon. PS Mutale of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts the new Husky Anti-poaching Aircraft donated by the German Government. The plane is dedicated to...