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.
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).Full review
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.Full review
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.Full review
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.Full review
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 NASFFull review