U.S. Embassy Zambia

The Future of the Elephant Is In Our Hands


We caught up with Dr. Michelle Gadd from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to chat about wildlife conservation and the state of elephants and rhinos in Zambia.  Michelle said wildlife trafficking, though illegal, moves without much public acknowledgment and without proper statistics.  She says it’s a global problem.  Animals are moved, dead or alive by people for pet trade, ivory trade and rhino horn use.  Michelle goes on to say that with the advancement of technology, things are changing for the better.  She also explains that president Obama has made it a priority that all U.S. Government agencies must work together and regard Wildlife trafficking as a high priority crime. This decision has made it possible to allocate more resources towards wildlife security.


Sharpen your Public Management skills through the Mandela Washington Fellowship

We caught up with Aaron Mwewa, to talk about his experience in the Public Management track of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Aaron Mwewa is an award-winning media practitioner who has worked for over 10 years at national and international levels. As an assistant editor for Parliamentary publications in Zambia, he has the responsibility of expeditiously producing well-edited transcripts of the parliamentary debates, which are published as official records. He is skilled in community and resource mobilization, as well as providing media-related training and developing content for various media outlets. Aaron holds a degree majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in Development Studies from the University of Zambia. For now, his main driver is to help bridge the gap between Parliament and the people. 


Ambassador Eric Schultz on the Mandela Washington Fellowship


We were excited to talk to U.S. Ambassador Eric Schultz about the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  In his interview, Ambassador Schultz said the U.S. government has seen a significant impact from its investment in young leaders through the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Upon completion of their Fellowship experience in the United States, Fellows are building innovative businesses, connecting with U.S. and African investors, forging new relationships with young leaders across African nations, and serving their communities with skills developed during the Fellowship.  He also encouraged Zambians between the age of 25 and 35 to apply for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship program before the November 11, 2015 deadline.


For more information about the Fellowship, follow the U.S. Embassy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usembassyzambia, visitwww.youngafricanleaders.state.gov or email us at WFZambia@state.gov.


The Power of the Adolescent Girl


USAID Health Office Deputy Director Jessica Healey and USAID DREAMS/Public Private Partnership Advisor Lizzy Chanda explained to us the importance of commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child, established on December 19, 2011, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170. The purpose of the International Day of the Girl Child is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year, the theme is "The Power of the Adolescent Girl: the Vision for 2030" and USAID highlights some of its activities to keep Zambian adolescents in school and support them to be empowered, AIDS-free, mentored and safe.


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.

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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.