Zambia - Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project - Supporting Women and Youth

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Oct 2015
Signature Date 29 Mar 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 08 Aug 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 22,431,919.13
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Zambia Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project – Supporting Women and Youth (SDEP-SWY) aims to promote job creation, gender equality and poverty reduction. It seeks to improve the livelihood opportunities of Zambia’s working poor, especially in rural areas and will benefit particularly, women and youth through enabling infrastructure and entrepreneurship for MSME business development. The Project will support the Government in its drive to address youth unemployment and reduce rural poverty and underemployment by creating about a million jobs in the medium term through support to the implementation of the Industrialization and Job Creation Strategy to ultimately promoting inclusive growth. Interventions are essentially focused on development of: (i) industrial cluster infrastructure and enabling environment to enhance MSMEs competiveness and (ii) the cassava value chain sub-sector targeting mostly the rural poor. The Project will be implemented over 60 months beginning January 2016.

Project Objectives

The project sector goal is to contribute to job creation, promotion of gender equality and poverty reduction in Zambia supporting in particular women and youth through skills development and entrepreneurship. The specific objectives of the project include (i) to increase MSME productivity and competitiveness through improved enterprise infrastructure and entrepreneurship and business skills development; and (ii) to increase income for farmers and rural employment through the development of the cassava value chain.


The target population to benefit directly from the project will be mainly be youth and women with emphasis on urban and rural poor. A total of 17, 000 youth and women located in the project geographic scope will benefit from additional off-farm jobs to be created. 1000 MSMEs are expected to be reached with business development services, appropriate technology and facilitating their access to credits or loans. 200 Business Development Service providers for MSMEs are expected to be trained to promote standards for quality service delivery and the development of business skills for supported small businesses. In addition, the project will facilitate women cooperatives and provided them with business and technical skills to pilot fortified garri processing for 10 schools under the school feeding programme. A total of 500 women in cooperatives and women led MSMEs will be supported in garri processing activities. Indirectly, the total population of 14,638,505 is expected to be eventually reached by the project interventions.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Zambia


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-IE0-002
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Fredrick Masinde WAMALWA

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-13.63333 32.65 Chipata
-10.21289 31.18084 Kasama
-11 29 Luapula Province
-15.4067 28.2871 Lusaka
-15.24835 23.12741 Mongu
-11.19976 28.89431 Mansa
-12.95867 28.63659 Ndola
-12.1688 26.38938 Solwezi