Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection - JCTR
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                                                                                                                               11th July 2014


Our government recently released K1.6bn for implementation of poverty reduction and employment creation activities. The government further encouraged various government agencies to maintain the positive growth in the economy and ensure that the disbursed resources are applied in a timely and sustainable manner. This announcement is timely and we as JCTR commend our government on this score. We are alive to the negative effects of funding gaps on accelerated national development on account of disbursement delays which correspondingly lead to implementation delays of development programmes. In this regard we wish to express our serious concerns regarding the implementation of various government projects particularly delays in building earmarked health posts across the vast span of the country. We appeal to government to intervene and address this issue as provision of quality health services through investments in rural health infrastructure is essential in improving rural livelihoods.

Who we are...

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection is a research, education and advocacy team that promotes study and action on issues linking Christian Faith and social justice in Zambia and Malawi. JCTR began in 1988 as a project of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus and is similar in orientation to other Jesuit social centers around the world.

Our Mission Statement

From a faith inspired perspective JCTR promotes justice for all in Zambia, especially the poor, through research, education, advocacy and consultations.

What we do

The Centre engages in research on key social issues like cost of living, social implications of debt servicing, accessibility of healthcare and education, and integrity of local democracy. We put forward our findings in publications, workshops and conferences, and media presentations. We join in advocacy campaigns by mobilising the public through local-based teams around Zambia and by cooperating with other civil society groups.

Meeting Basic Needs PDF Print E-mail
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For several years, JCTR has carried out in Lusaka a monthly survey of prices of basic family necessities (e.g. food housing, etc.) comparing the finding with take-home wages. The survey now includes urban areas of Livingstone, Kabwe, Ndola, Luanshya, Kitwe, Kasama, Mongu, Solwezi, Monze, Chipata, Mpika and Mansa and a pilot in Chinsali. The survey has further expanded to include six rural areas which are Mufumbwe, Masaiti, Malama, Shangombo, Kazungula, and Chongwe. This "Basic Needs Basket" is widely used by civil society organisations, labour unions, etc., to promote better living conditions. It is now conducted in 10 other towns and 6 rural areas. We have also done studies on the working conditions of teachers, cost sharing in education and accessibility of health services.

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