I. About CBMS-Zambia

Year Pilot-tested


CBMS Coverage Area

Mungule and Makishi, Lusaka Province


The massive restructuring policies that the Zambian government embarked on in the early 90s and the process of massive decentralization in Zambia in 1997 paved way for the foundation of Poverty Reduction Programs (PRPs) that have so far been executed in Zambia, with some success, but little. A look at the PRPs today reviews that the monitoring system of these Programmes leaves much to be desired. The PRPs do not go down to the grassroots and have no established links of relaying the data to policy makers, and largely rely on data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The poverty strategies in PRP have been done with a top-down approach and do not take into consideration the audience at grassroots levels and individual community members. The implementation of CBMS will foster a paradigm shift where evidence-based decisions will be made with regard to all the stakeholders; effective monitoring of the poverty reduction programs; formation of sound policies with reference from the data obtained from the grassroots; encourage women empowerment and capacity building; and generally promote participatory decision making.

Project Activities


Phase 1

The first phase will involve a pilot-test in selected minor areas of Makishi and Mungule. This will determine the feasibility of data collecting instruments, data processing techniques, data validation and analysis. This process will assess the capacity of the to-be trained Teams and enumerators at the household level in the implementation of CBMS. This will ensure that the local community members design the poverty profiles themselves and the outcome will be a revised CBMS design with a participatory touch in the design process.


Phase 2
The second phase will involve the implementation of the revised CBMS design in more areas in Mungule and Makishi. Thereafter, the findings, after data analysis and validation, will be made to be put to the disposal of the local government so that informed and evidence-based decisions can be made and poverty alleviation done from the grassroots. 

Implementation of CBMS in these pilot areas will vie for capturing data (spatial, temporal (time-related), socio-economic) at the municipal, ward and village level. As has been mentioned beforehand, the project is set to be executed in urban (Makishi) and rural (chief Mugwileni villages) of the Mungule area in Lusaka province. This pilot area has an approximate 2, 680 households (Makishi) and 2,850 village households (Mungule) respectively. These urban and rural setups have their own autonomous administration and development committees, providing a framework where CBMS can easily be integrated.

II. Institutional Partners


The Zambia Research and Development Center is an institution with an overall goal of National development through capacity building and community development. The center aim to pursue cutting-edge research with a view to contribute to Zambia’s social and economic development.

Its vision is to engage in activities that stimulate international collaboration, promote data sharing, make research expertise available to decision makers, and engage in a wide variety of research undertakings. It aim to address poverty and all cardinal issues that affect the Sub-Saharan region through institutional and capacity building, human empowerment and gender participation in all decision-making frameworks.

Partner Institution

  • Lusaka City Council,
  • Ministry of Finance and National Planning
  • Central Statistics Office of Zambia, Lusaka - Zambia
  • Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare, Lusaka – Zambia.
  • Mount Makuru Research Centre, Chilanga - Zambia
  • Care International Zambia, Lusaka – Zambia
  • University of Zambia, School of Humanities
  • The Cabinet Office, Government of the Republic of Zambia

III. Forms, Papers, and Reports


Data Collection Instruments

Papers and Reports

CBMS-Zambia Phase 1

CBMS-Zambia Phase 2

Poverty Maps

IV. Contact Information


Inquiries regarding CBMS-Zambia may be sent to:

Research Team Members

Silumbe Richard: richkings2000@yahoo.com

Chipakata Chulu

Muzunda Claris

Musenga Lottie

Mweene Omedy

Sinyangwe Ntazi



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