U.S. Embassy Zambia

Land Matters

We sat down with Mercedes Stickler and Stephen Brooks to discuss USAID’s Land Tenure program. The program leads efforts to incorporate effective and sustainable land and resource governance solutions into U.S. Government development strategies and U.S. private sector foreign investments that protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable and support economic growth.

Strengthening land rights is central to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient societies in the developing world, where over 70% of land is unregistered. Lack of secure property rights is a major constraint to economic growth, food security, good governance, conflict reduction and climate change resilience. USAID works to improve land and resource governance and strengthen property rights for all members of society, especially women.

Currently, USAID has land tenure programs in 24 countries, with a total investment value of over $300 million. This programming complies with international and demonstrated best practices that clarify the rights to use, control, transfer and allocate, land and resources while promoting sustainable land use practices.


Improve Your Yield with Climate-Smart Agriculture


We sat down with two members of the USAID Economic Development team to talk about Climate-Smart Agriculture.  Brian Martalas is an Agriculture Officer and Feed the Future Coordinator at USAID.  Harry Ngoma a Food Security Specialist at USAID. Harry and Brian explained to us that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrative approach to farming that addresses interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. CSA aims to sustainably increase agricultural productivity, to support equitable increases in farm incomes, food security and building resilience of agricultural and food security systems to climate change.


We Are Giving Grants to Community Based Organizations

The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program & U.S. African Development Foundation Small Grants share the same goals of providing small-scale assistance directly to Zambian community based organizations as part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. government to support Zambian-driven development activities on a local level. Due to their shared missions, the two programs (SSH/ADF) are combined into one application and granting process which is conducted on an annual basis.

Apply now!

Robotics Demonstration at the Information Resource Center

We had lots of fun during an educative robotics demonstration in the Information Resource Center! Five Zambian high school students who excelled at the 2015 RoboRAVE international competition in the U.S. state of New Mexico shared with other students their knowledge and discussed how we can apply robotics to solve problems in our community, like fire outbreaks and pollution. We also had representatives from the technology and innovation hub BongoHive, who presented some of their projects and ways they support young Zambians. Later, we sat down for an interview.


Youth Participation in Community Service and Local Governance

U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center Director Wilcliff Sakala spoke to Devante Watson an activist for positive social change and a nationally acclaimed orator from the state of New Mexico, U.S.A. They discussed how university students interested in community service and/or local governance can engage in community work and local governance activities.

Devont’e has served as an advisor to the mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, an advisory council to the New Mexican Legislature.  He is also a member of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, the Executive Director for the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Governmental Affairs, and the Project Director for the New Mexico Forum for youth at the Community’s Youth Economic Summer Institute Internship Program.


Ambassador Schultz Launches Bus Tickets Zambia

Ambassador Eric Schultz this week participated in the launch of “Bus Tickets Zambia” with company founder and 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit alumnus Mawano Kambeu, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe, and Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale.  During his remarks, the Ambassador hailed the role of exchange opportunities such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in exposing Zambia’s entrepreneurs to new ideas and expressed U.S. support for Zambia’s young, savvy professionals as key drivers of Zambia’s long-term economic diversification and development.  The Ambassador pointed out that during a February 2015 Annual Africa Business Conference at Harvard University, Bus Tickets Zambia was named “Africa’s Best New Venture for 2015.”  Also that just this week, Mawano Kambeu was informed that the American Association for the Advancement of Science will sponsor him to be a 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit mentor.  During Minister Mwale’s remarks, he stated that the American Dream is also the Zambian Dream:  that with hard work, commitment, and a good idea, a person can successfully create a business.  The Minister also urged Zambian young people to take on President Obama’s “Yes, we can!” attitude.


The Red Hot Breakfast Invasion Ambassador Eric Schultz


Ambassador Eric Schultz speaks to Hope and Chi on Hot-FMs Red Hot Breakfast Invasion.  He addresses what he feels are some of Zambias major developmental challenges including mining and tourism.  For Zambia to be an African tiger, we need to maintain democracy peace and stability because that attracts investors.  We need to create a more enabling environment for business, he said during the interview.


All about the Southern Accord Joint Exercise


Brigadier General Peter Corey of the U.S. Army describes details and goals of a joint military training program that will take place in Zambia in August 2015, known as Southern ACCORD.  Southern ACCORD will enhance U.S., Zambian, and other African forces' capabilities in the areas of humanitarian and disaster relief operations and peacekeeping operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

About the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project

  1. MCAZ.jpg

    Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia Communications Director John Kunda, helps us understand the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project (LWSSDP) which represents infrastructure development, which was prioritized as a key to Zambia's economic growth.  MCA -Zambia has been established under the laws of Zambia and designated by the Government of the Republic of Zambia as the Accountable Entity to implement the $355 million Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project, funded by the American people.


About Student and Exchange Visas

We caught up with Otto Westhassel, Chief Consul at the U.S. Embassy to talk about Student and Exchange Visas.  Otto talks about what you need to complete your visa application and goes over the different student visa categories.
You can find more information on our web page at Zambia.usembassy.gov in the section for Visas.  You may also look at travel.state.gov.  Should you have more questions, please contact us at consularlusaka@state.gov