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UNFPA in Zambia in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia renewed its programme of coorperation in September 2015, with the UNFPA Executive Boards’ approval of the 8th Country Programme for the period 2016-2020. Focused on inclusive social development and ensuring that “no one is left behind”,  the  8th country  programme  is  guided  by  analytical  studies  and  assessments,  and  benefited from multi-sectoral consultations with the Government, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, young people, in addition to other United Nations agencies and organizations. It is aligned with  Zambia’s revised 6th national  development  plan;  Zambia’s Vision  2030;  and the  United  Nations  Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2016 – 2021.

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In Zambia, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is implementing its 7th Country Programme of Cooperation (2011-2015) with the Government of Zambia. Its aim is “to contribute to poverty eradication by strengthening reproductive health services and enhancing Governments capacity to implement a multi-sectoral population programme”. The Programme is aligned with Zambia's revised Sixth National Development Plan and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2011-2015. 

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Globally, adolescents represent a significant demographic and socio-economic force, and are also a major factor in influencing public health trends. Adolescence is a special stage in any person’s life, representing a period of transformation from childhood into adulthood. It is characterized by major biological, physical, psychological and behaviour changes, which if not properly managed, could lead to significant exposure to risky behaviours, with high consequences on the individual’s immediate and long-term health and socio-economic life. 

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Zambia has adopted evidence and results based management and planning approaches for the development of the NASF. The NASF development process relied on availability of quality and comprehensive data that was generated through the M&E system, Health Management Information System and HIV research studies. While this was useful at the time in providing evidence for the prioritisation of interventions, setting targets, and establishing baselines, the critical part now is tracking the performance of the NASF

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