During the first quarter of 2021, JCTR undertook a study on budgetary allocations to enhance children’s rights to provide an in-depth understanding on issues relating to financing towards children’s rights. Stakeholder’s and partner’s meetings were held with the aim of getting information from the Office of the Commissioner of Children (OCC).
Zambia’s debt has risen to US$18.5 Billion with external debt standing at US$12.74 Billion. Zambia’s current US$18.5 billion Public Debt has trapped the country into a vicious debt cycle making the country constrained economically, financially and socially. The country’s economic and fiscal fitness are seriously constrained, making it difficult to adequately fund the social delivery services, thereby worsening the living standards and conditions of ordinary citizens, especially the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable.
As one of the major highlights for the quarter, it is important to mention that the cost of living in Zambia has continued to rise with the current one standing above eight thousand six hundred for an average family of five.
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Training workshop on Budget submissions among members of the community in Mongu's western province (April 06th, 2021)
The Jesuit Centre For Theological Reflection (JCTR) understands the importance of community participation in the budget processes as enshrined in Article 205(d) part XVI of the constitution under Public Finance and Budget. There, in the quest to encourage and involve the community members in this very important process, JCTR is conducting a training workshop on Budget submissions among members of the community in Mongu western province.
JCTR's lobby meeting with community members and service providers of Health, Education and Water and Sanitation in Kitwe
The purpose of this meeting was to improve and increase access to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR)