n Conflict Trends - 'Zambia Initiative (ZI)' : refugees are not a burden but an asset : case study

Volume 2005, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Many developing countries host refugees and many developing countries have poverty alleviation schemes. Usually these are two unrelated issues. The government of Zambia, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has generated an innovative approach to development, by connecting the refugee and poverty issues in the Zambia Initiative (ZI). Following two years of preparation ZI was launched in 2003. Today, 150 000 Angolan refugees in the Western Province are benefiting from ZI projects. Instead of constituting a burden to the country, these refugees contribute to the economic development of their host communities.

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