The National Youth Policy

Accelerating youth participation and empowerment in Zambia

A picture of youths seated in a big conference room.


The youth are an invaluable and treasured investment. If well positioned, they can drive the development of this country. The Zambia Census Projection Report 2011-2035 estimates the 19 to 34 years age group for 2023 to be at 5,369,150 youth out of the total population of 20,122,521. This means that the youth account for 26.7 percent of the total population of which 2,677,952 are males and 2,691,198 are females, representing 26.7 percent and 26.6 percent respectively. The youth population is thus a key demographic group that can immensely contribute to the unlocking of the country’s social and economic potential if well managed.

The mobilisation of various resources therefore becomes cardinal to support the youth to realise their full potential and contribute to the achievement of the Vision 2030, Eighth National Development Plan (8NDP), the African Union Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The development of the National Youth Policy is an outcome of a broad-based consultative process signifying a collective approach and commitment of Zambians to harness and optimise the potential of the youth. An inclusive approach was used to capture contributions of the marginalised groups, such as, the female youth, youth in the rural areas and the youth with disabilities. - National Youth Policy.

For more details, refer to the attached National Youth Policy document.

Cover of the National Youth Policy
The Government of Zambia, the United Nations country team & supporting partners.