2021 Situation Analysis of the Status and Well-being of Children in Zambia

An in-depth look at child and adolescent rights in Zambia

Five children at an Insaka ECD hub centre, Katete District, Zambia


This report examines the current national context and Zambia’s progress in safeguarding the rights and improving the welfare of children and adolescents. It also identifies causes of shortfalls and inequities to directly address issues through risk-informed, equity-focused efforts. Findings and insights presented in the report are based on nationally endorsed data sources, such as the Zambia Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS), Living Conditions Monitoring Survey, National Census, Vision 2030, the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), budget analyses, published scientific and grey literature, and sector-specific analyses and administrative data (e.g., the Health Management Information System and Education Management Information System). Furthermore, to investigate trends in the situation of children and adolescents in Zambia on the ground, field research was conducted across six provinces in Zambia: Luapula, Copperbelt, Southern, Western, Eastern and Central.

Two children with play pans
Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton / Zambia Council for Social Development Data / UNICEF
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