Our work in Zambia focuses on media development and reaching and engaging with youth -- contributing to the country's vibrant and rapid development.
- Our office: Lusaka
- Our areas of focus: Governance, media development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth
- Our partners: Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA), European Union
About our work
BBC Media Action’s work in Zambia revolves around long-term mentorship of 40+ independent community radio and TV stations across the country. Through two projects, Radio Waves and Zambia Speaks!, the office supports partners to produce high-quality content on local and national issues ranging from corruption, land and resource management, education, and government accountability. This work also includes supporting with live debate shows, and producing a new landmark animated governance drama, The Story of Gondo, broadcast on four private TV stations and adapted from a much-loved radio series.
We work closely with young people, including through Ishiwi, our popular Facebook page which engages young people in civic life, and through Tikambe (‘Let’s Talk’) which supports media partners to produce educational programmes made by young people, for young people on sexual reproductive health and rights. This work is complemented by engaging digital outreach - including a popular Facebook page -- and vibrant roadshow events in diverse communities.
In 2019, the office launched a new project called Natwampane (‘Coming Together’) in the country’s north, supporting 13 radio stations to produce shows tackling the high prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence in the region. All together, these projects reach over 2m people.
We are also working in Zambia with the Media Institute of Southern Africa and other partners on issues of media freedom and regulation, supporting the media sector's drive toward high editorial standards and codes of conduct while preserving its vibrancy and diversity.
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Our projects in Zambia
- Communities coming together to tackle gender-based violence in northern ZambiaWe’re supporting local radio stations in northern Zambia to produce shows that improve understanding of, and discussion around, gender equality – with the aim of shifting norms around sexual and gender-based violence.
- Strengthening community radio in ZambiaBBC Media Action aims to strengthen the professionalism and sustainability of community and independent radio stations in Zambia through expert training.
- Ishiwi - giving young people a voice in ZambiaA youth-led initiative combining discussion and media to help address the priorities of young people and help them to participate in local and national decision-making processes in Zambia.
- Let’s talk about sex: improving sexual health for young people in ZambiaHow a youth-led TV and radio show is helping young people in Zambia talk about sex, STIs and how to prevent HIV and AIDS.
Our insight and impactUse our research library
- Research summary: Understanding norms that underpin sexual and gender based violence in northern ZambiaHow BBC Media Action is supporting local radio stations in northern Zambia to produce gender-sensitive programming.
- Case study: Radio Waves and Zambia Speaks! How support to local radio stations can empower social changeRead about our support to 15 local radio stations across Zambia and how they are covering local governance issues and improving government service delivering including education, sanitation and access to water - through radio programming.
- My Media Action films: Boyd Chibale, ZambiaElections in Zambia in September 2011 signalled a need for dialogue and openness. Boyd Chibale explains why he works for BBC Media Action in Zambia.
- Research summary: The Forum - promoting accountability through the media in ZambiaA research summary presenting findings from a study of two national television debates, produced and broadcast by BBC Media Action, in partnership with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
Past projects and resources
- Zambia debatesIn 2012-13 BBC Media Action worked with radio stations in Zambia and the national television broadcaster ZNBC to update their production techniques and improve the quality of on-air debate.
- Supporting Zambia's community radio to improve local servicesFrom 2011 to 2013, BBC Media Action worked with community radio stations in Zambia to ensure local governments were held to account and that they improved local services and conditions.
- Training Zambian journalists to cover all sides of the election storyIn 2011, BBC Media Action's project in Zambia aimed to help journalists improve their skills and to encourage more balanced and fair election coverage.