By Nation Reporter
THE Central Statistics Office’s (CSO) monthly report indicating high poverty levels is unacceptable given the kind of growth that Zambia has experienced in the past decade, says Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) executive director Patrick Nshindano.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Nshindano said the results were an indication that the country needed to do more.
“As a civil society organisation, we do realise the efforts Government is making in terms of formulating pro-poor policies that have been put in place,” he said.
Mr Nshindano said there had been an increase in the level of equality between men and women which demonstrated that poverty levels had been reduced. He said according to certain studies, since 2010 equality levels have gone up from 6.5 percent to 6.9 percent.
The CSPR executive director said poverty levels in the urban areas had recorded a decline especially on the Copperbelt and Lusaka while in the rural areas the situation was different.
“In rural areas, poverty levels are above the national average of 50 percent; we need to put more effort in terms of targeting the poor and the marginalised,” he said.
He said each province was stimulated in terms of growth and that there was need to ensure growth was broad-based.