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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 08:10

In the spirit of exposing the plight of the poor and raising their concerns, the JCTR produces the basic needs basket (BNB).


This is with the recognition that the average person is struggling to afford even the most basic of monthly commodities. The BNB exposes this household struggle to meet basic needs by comparing the findings with average take-home wages and general household incomes.

Today, the Basic Needs Basket is the most cited statistical tool for various purposes in Zambia. Check the BNB for July 2014 for Lusaka. It gets regular and wide dissemination (published in newspapers, NGO newsletters and periodic reports, cited in scholarly studies, and circulated in government offices, international organizations, embassies, trade unions and businesses).

Some trade unions have brought the monthly food basket into their wage negotiations in arguing for increases to meet basic needs. It is a tool that receives wide attention and stirs a lot of discussion.

To learn more be sure to read; icon The Complete History, Methodology, Advocacy Strategy and Data for the Basic Needs Basket (2.29 MB)

The Basic Needs Basket is accompanied by a Press Release every month, highlighting some of the policy and attitude issues that need to be addressed to improve the quality of live of Zambians.

The BNB advocacy tool for the:

Church

a VEHICLE to communicate the key values of the Church's Social Teaching.

icon BNB Church

Community

a CHALLENGE to organize people to proactively improve their own conditions before seeking assistance.

iconBNB Community

Employers an INSPIRATION to use your position to take a hand in fighting poverty and its causes in Zambia. icon BNB Employer
Government

a POLICY GUIDE to establish a poverty datum line, a just minimum wage, a fair tax code, strategic fuel reserves, loans for entrepreneurship, subsidised utilities, etc.

icon BNB Government

Households an INSPIRATION to fight poverty, for yourself, family, relatives and fellow citizens, and to strive for justice and dignity for all people.
NGOs

an ILLUSTRATION of how external factors (e.g. debt and trade imbalances) hinder the ability of average households to meet basic needs.

icon BNB NGOs

Trade Unions a TOOL to advocate for improved conditions of service, conditions of work and conditions of life. icon BNB Union

 

Scope of the BNB

In recent years the basic Needs Basket has gone beyond Lusaka. The survey now includes Urban areas of Livingstone, Kabwe, Ndola, Kitwe, Luanshya, Mongu, kasama, Mpika, Mansa ,Monze, solwezi and Chipata and pilots in Chinsali and  choma

 

Lusaka Baskets

2014 January February March April May June  July  August        
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April March June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Other Towns

Kabwe Baskets

2014 januray February March April  May  June  July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March May May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Ndola Baskets

2014 January February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Kitwe Baskets

2014  January  February  March  April  May  June  July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Luanshya Baskets

2014  January  February  March  April  May  June  July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Mongu Baskets

2014 January Febrauary March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Livingstone Baskets

2014 January February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Monze Baskets

2014 January February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June Jul;y August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

 

Mansa Baskets

2014 January February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December

 

Mpika Baskets

2014                        
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

 

Solwezi Baskets

2014 Januray February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Chipata Baskets

2014 January February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December

Kasama Baskets

2014 January February March April May June July          
2013 January February March April May              
2012 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2011 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2010 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2009 January February March April May June July August September October November December
2008 January February March April May June July August September October November December
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