43. Employment for 1 500 young people

About 3 000 new jobs during a period of two years. Half of them for young people. Better occupational safety and health care at more than 2 000 workplaces. In Zambia, the green economy programme of five UN organizations creates decent jobs and sustainable business in the country’s rapidly growing construction sector.

Work and diversification of the economy are needed. Population growth in Zambia is among the fastest in the world and more than half the population are young people. The economy largely revolves around the mining industry and is highly dependent on the market price of copper. The programme, which is supported by Finland, strengthens the competitiveness of construction companies and creates environmentally friendly building materials and working methods. Environmental and decent work requirements are a consideration in new jobs. Social security is part of the employment relationships, labour laws have been reformed and occupational safety and health care have been improved.

Photo: Anu Hassinen, graphics: Juho Hiilivirta

Development policy priority Economy and work

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