Performance of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) and the Girl’s Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL)

Social Protection plays a critical role in shielding the most poor and vulnerable members of society from the devastating effects of poverty. In its efforts to fight extreme poverty, the Government of Zambia implements various social protection schemes directly under Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS). In 2020, Government allocated K2.6 billion (2.4 percent of the national budget) towards social protection programs. The Social Cash Transfer (SCT) and the World Bank funded Girls Education and Women’s Empowerment Livelihood (GEWEL) programs are among the key social protection programs implemented by Government.

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