Social Sector Budget Brief for 2018

An in-depth review of the 2018 Zambia national budget

A woman in Zambia receives her cash transfer in a school classroom


This joint publication by UNICEF Zambia and the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) provides an in-depth analysis of the 2018 Government of Zambia budget presentation to the National Assembly by the Minister of Finance on 29 September 2017. The brief was launched by the Minister, Hon. Felix C. Mutati, on 5 October 2017.

The report highlights several key points from the 2018 budget:

  • The allocation to the social cash transfer programme increases by 31 per cent despite a decline of 15 per cent in the social protection allocation
  • The share of allocation to the education sector declines from 16.5 per cent to 16.1 per cent
  • The 2018 allocation to the health sector is marginally higher than in 2017
  • The allocation to Water and Sanitation is skewed towards urban and peri-urban areas.
  • UNICEF has been partnering with ZIPAR to strengthen evidence generation in the area of public finance. Through our collective work, we hope to contribute to making public finances work better for the Zambia. In addition to the budget analysis, we have undertaken analysis of public expenditure in the implementation of the National Child Policy for the period of 2006-2015.

UNICEF continues to advocate for greater allocations so that every child in Zambia has access to essential social services.

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