Dependent on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, like fishing, forestry, and livestock raising, landlocked Zambia is highly vulnerable to climate change. It seeks to safeguard hard-won development gains and promote climate resilience for key sectors and populations. 

investing in zambia

The CIF is helping Zambia to safeguard hard-won development gains and promote climate resilience for vulnerable sectors and populations. PPCR $91 million is supporting climate-resilient development planning and targeted investments in climate-proofing roads and canal systems, expanding climate information services, and building the climate resilience of rural populations along the Kafue and Barotse sub-basins of the Zambezi River.

Zambia’s FIP investment plan introduces measures to reduce the urban demand for charcoal, support income-generating activities driven by forest conservation and maintenance, and increase sustainability and efficiency of agricultural practices. Zambia is also developing a SREP investment plan to expand renewable energy.


Droughts, floods, and other extreme climate events cost around 0.4% GDP annually


of roads are paved and 61% of the population live in rural areas

Projects in Zambia

  Private Sector Support to Climate Resilience in Zambia FUNDPilot Program for Climate Resilience COFINANCING (USD MILLION) 14.60 FUNDING (USD MILLION) 100.50 MDBIBRD  
  Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin FUNDPilot Program for Climate Resilience COFINANCING (USD MILLION) 38.00 FUNDING (USD MILLION) 0.72 MDBAFDB  
  Zambia Strengthening Climate Resilience (PPCR Phase II) Project FUNDPilot Program for Climate Resilience COFINANCING (USD MILLION) 36.00 FUNDING (USD MILLION) 213.55 MDBIBRD  


The CIF programmatic approach to investment planning and implementation brings strategic value to CIF recipient countries. Working through a transparent, country-led process, the CIF fosters trust and collaboration among government ministries, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and the MDBs that implement CIF funding. Together, they translate Nationally Determined Contributions and other national development and climate strategies into an actionable CIF investment plan. Rather than one-off projects, the plan comprises long-term, sequenced investments that mutually reinforce each other and link to other critical activities, such as policy and regulatory reform and capacity building. Under national government leadership, CIF stakeholders continue to work together to implement the plan, continually assessing progress and sharing lessons learned along the way.