The Strengthening Local Government is part of the cooperation efforts by the German Government to support the political, administrative and fiscal decentralisation process in Zambia. This specific project provides the necessary technical and financial support to enable local councils in seven districts to develop and implement infrastructure projects which promote decentralisation in the context of climate change adaptation and respond to the respective disaster risks in the Southern Province. These infrastructure investments will refer to areas that are in the responsibility of the local governments as defined by the Local Government Act and will therefore support the implementation of the decentralisation process by improving access to services and service delivery at local level in the selected districts of Choma, Gwembe, Kalomo, Mazabuka, Monze, Pemba and Sinazongwe. The project is expected to benefit a population of approximately 1.0 million in seven districts under the SLGZ III Programme of which over 70% are poor.
The SLGZ III Programme consists of two components:
- Construction/rehabilitation of investment packages and
- Capacity building of local authorities.