POVERTY LEVELS IN ZAMBIA DROP FROM 60.5% TO 54%

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 By Matthew Hill
(Bloomberg)

The Percentage of Zambians classified as living in poverty declined from 60.5% in 2010 to 50.4% in 2015.

The Zambian Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the mid-survey in Lusaka.

Agency Director John Kalumbi said in a speech to reporters in capital, Lusaka on Sunday.

Kalumbi stated that there were still certain districts in Luapula and Western Provinces that recorded high poverty levels, but insisted that the national average statics on poverty levels  showed that poeple classified as living in poverty had steadily declined.

Zambia is one of the fastest growing economies in the World and has been posting economic growth rate of up-to 7% in the last 10 years.

It also has a growing middle class and the major cities have shopping malls, and housing estates to cater for consumptive habits of this class.

However extreme poverty remains prevalent in the rural areas with some districts in Luapula and Western provinces recording high poverty levels.

To tackle the scourge of  extreme poverty  and hunger, government has introduced a safety net program: the Social-Cash-Transfer Scheme that benefits the aged , disabled and extreme poor.

This scheme has been introduced and expanded to cover certain districts in five provinces.

Government also spends huge amounts of money on subsidies on farmer in-put support programs to peasant farmers in rural areas.

It also has a running program to deliver free maize to hunger stricken areas through its Disaster Mitigating& Management Unit (DMMU).

To address the economic headwinds that has affected the country's national currency, energy deficiencies, and regional maize shortage, the governemnt recently re-introduced subsidies, it can barely afford, on fuel and energy.

The statics office conducted a 10 year survey in 2010. This is a mid five year review.

POVERTY LEVELS IN ZAMBIA DROP FROM 60.5% TO 54%

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By Matthew Hill
(Bloomberg)

The Percentage of Zambians classified as living in poverty declined from 60.5% in 2010 to 50.4% in 2015.

The Zambian Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the mid-survey in Lusaka.

Agency Director John Kalumbi said in a speech to reporters in capital, Lusaka on Sunday.

Kalumbi stated that there were still certain districts in Luapula and Western Provinces that recorded high poverty levels, but insisted that the national average statics on poverty levels  showed that poeple classified as living in poverty had steadily declined.

Zambia is one of the fastest growing economies in the World and has been posting economic growth rate of up-to 7% in the last 10 years.

It also has a growing middle class and the major cities have shopping malls, and housing estates to cater for consumptive habits of this class.

However extreme poverty remains prevalent in the rural areas with some districts in Luapula and Western provinces recording high poverty levels.

To tackle the scourge of  extreme poverty  and hunger, government has introduced a safety net program: the Social-Cash-Transfer Scheme that benefits the aged , disabled and extreme poor.

This scheme has been introduced and expanded to cover certain districts in five provinces.

Government also spends huge amounts of money on subsidies on farmer in-put support programs to peasant farmers in rural areas.

It also has a running program to deliver free maize to hunger stricken areas through its Disaster Mitigating& Management Unit (DMMU).

To address the economic headwinds that has affected the country's national currency, energy deficiencies, and regional maize shortage, the governemnt recently re-introduced subsidies, it can barely afford, on fuel and energy.

The statics office conducted a 10 year survey in 2010. This is a mid five year review.

 

2015 Zambian-American Data

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James Mwape Research (direct and indirect methods were used to collect and analyse demographics data)

A special thanks to all those who participated. Published January 25, 2016.

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Demographic Analysis: At end of December 2015, there were 37, 645 (est.) Zambians living in America. Females were 53.4% (20,102) while 46.6 (17,543) were males. The racial make-up was 68,7% (about 25,862) native black Zambians, 24,1% (about 9,072) Zambians of Asian origins, 7.1% (about 2,673) mixed races of two or more races, and approximately 0.1% (about 38) white Zambians. There were 12 deaths in 2015 among Zambians. More than half or 55% (20, 705) are natural born American citizens of one or both Zambian born parents, of the remaining 45% (16,940), 69.1% (11,706) were naturalized American citizens, 27.8% (4,709) were permanent residents (Green Card holders), the rest 3.1% (525) were on visas.

Families: There were 26,340 households of which 55.2% had children under the age of 18 living at home, 44.3% were married couples living together, 38.0% had a female as head of household with no husband present and 17.7% were non-families or had left families in Zambia. The average household size was 2.8 and the average family size was 4.1.

Education: Approximately 43.9% (approx.16, 526) had graduate degrees, 37.4% (14,079) had 4-year undergraduate degree, another, 9.7% (3,652) had completed 2 year colleges, 6% (2,259) had high school certificates only and the rest, 3% (1,129), never completed their secondary education.

Careers: The majority (39.6%) of Zambian-Americans and Zambian residents in the US work in Healthcare sectors as Doctors, Nurses, Administrators, Scientists, Caregivers and in Education sectors (27.3%) as Educators (Professors / Teachers), Researchers, administrators etc. The banking, insurance and related financial industries employ about 22.4%, across the country.

Income: The median household income was $97,685 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,125). Men had a median income of $69,725 (+/- $2,791) compared to women $52,178 (+/- $2,873). The per capita income for the community was $41,432 (+/- $2,010).

Location: The majority (73.8%) live in large urban areas with a concentration in metropolitan cities of Albany, NY; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburg, PA, Phoenix, AZ; Richmond, VA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. The rest live in the suburban areas or cities in Midwestern states.

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