Social Cash Transfer Factsheet (2022)

A brief guide to Zambia's flagship social protection programme

An elderly man sits at a carpentry bench with a bike behind in Zambia


The Social Cash Transfer (SCT) Programme is a Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) programme which has been operating in Zambia since 2003 and is implemented by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS).

• The main objective of the SCT Programme is to reduce extreme poverty and the intergenerational transfer of poverty among beneficiary households.

• Results under the SCT Programme show that individuals and households accessing SCTs have seen notable improvements in their lives, including reduced hunger and better school attendance for children.

This is fulfilling the government’s vision of: A nation with capacity to promote and provide sustainable security against constant or periodic critical levels of deprivation and extreme vulnerability.

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