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The UNFPA Zambia Annual Report 2016 documents our rights-based results in the year 2016, a period that covers both the tail-end achievements of the 7th Country Programme and initial stages of the 8th Country Programme. 

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Zambia's youthful population can offer a unique opportunity for accelerated economic growth if fertility declines rapidly, resulting in an age structure with more people in the working-ages relative to dependent children. This would create an opportunity for the country to experience a sustained period of rapid economic growth, referred to as the "demographic dividend".
 
In December 2016, Zambia’s Demographic Dividend Study Report was officially launched by H.E. Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia. The study assessed the economic and human development potential of Zambia in the short, medium and long-term using a comprehensive approach. It generated relevant policy and programme information to guide a well-blended policy-mix required to propel Zambia towards achieving its Vision 2030 aspiration of becoming a prosperous middle income country.
 
 
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Investing in 10-year-old girls could yield huge demographic dividend, pump billions into national economies

  • Girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other undermining practices.
  • More than half of the world’s 60 million 10-year-old girls live in the 48 countries with the worst gender inequality.
  • $21 billion a year dividend for developing countries can be unlocked if all 10-year-old girls complete secondary education.
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In order to strengthen the national multi-sectoral response to child marriage, Government of the Republic of Zambia - with support from UNFPA, UNICEF, UKAID through the Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada and other stakeholders - developed a National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage (2016 to 2021).

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The UNFPA Zambia 2015 annual report highlights continued efforts to break the cycle of unfulfilled sexual and reproductive rights for women and young people, thus making a difference in their lives in the course of the year. 
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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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