Advocacy work and submissions of various publications leading to various policy amendments.
Carried out researches, did research papers and articles on various issues that have been used for engagement with policy makers, e.g. GBV, bringing life to SDG, mining and taxation, Policy position papers, debt,; e.g. Strengthened Donor confidence that has brought about new donors e.g. Save the Children, TDH and OSISA.
Capacity strengthening and building confidence in communities to voice out issues.
Promotion of sustainable livelihoods and agriculture through diocesan works under different projects such as KUMENA, Mantapala.
Capacity building of diocesan partners and other institutions (e.g. Chapter One Foundation) in advocacy which resulted in enhanced local voices on governance issues such as corruption and decentralisation.
Advocacy for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Influenced laws and policies so that they respond to people’s needs e.g., Agriculture Policy, Land Policy, the Legal Aid Act, Local Development Act, Planning and Budgeting Act, etc.
Influenced legal reforms such as the enactment of the CDF Act through evidence based submission to Parliamentary select committees.
Being recognised for its work by government thus Caritas gets invited to various meetings and on Boards e.g., EITI Council, technical committee on SDGs, decentralization.
Being recognised at national, regional and international level for the works Caritas is doing based on the invitations received. Caritas seats on three councils, e.g. The Vatican Committees and regional bodies on – Communication, Extractives, and SDGs.
Developed and implemented the Strategic Plan.
Influenced citizens’ effective participation in governance processes such as elections in all dioceses.
Built effective networks with like-minded organisations.
Influenced policy and legislation on Child protection and safeguarding mechanism and systems, including protection of girls against early marriages and all forms of abuse.
Creating platforms for debating elections manifestos.
Enhancing capacity of diocesan teams to conduct civic education on the roles of elected leaders and how to hold them accountable.
Conscientisation of dioceses on how to advocate for the lacunars in the 2016 Amended Constitution.
Conducting lobby and advocacy on the need to amend the POA.
Making submissions on critical bills to the parliamentary Select Committees.
Popularising the spaces and opportunities for public participation in parliamentary work with specific attention paid to women to ensure they have access to critical information.
Holding engagement meetings with decentralisation secretariat and political parties on possible synergies.
Conducting drama performances in selected communities on the positives of decentralisation.
An increase in the number of men, women, youths and persons with disabilities participating in the electoral processes at all levels.
Contributed to Government taking consideration to reform the 2016 amended Constitution and the legal framework that governs the electoral process in Zambia.
Contributed to holding of elected leaders accountable by the citizens.
Holding engagement meetings with Parliament on Parliamentary Reforms.
Continuous monitoring the implementation of decentralisation Policy.
Built capacity of 11 dioceses to engage in local governance process.
Undertaking citizens’ engagements in the decentralisation process in all dioceses.
About Caritas Zambia
Caritas Zambia is a Catholic Organisation that is an integral structure of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). The Conference of Bishops is a permanent grouping of Bishops of a given nation or territory that jointly exercises certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory. This is done for the sake of effective evangelisation. To promote the principle of the common good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programmes of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the time and place, is the role of Bishops.