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NGOs in Zambia assist the government in providing services and fulfilling its part of the social contract. Their involvement ranges from the most basic of activities, the sourcing and provision of water to rural communities (the international NGO, WaterAid) to the more complex, legal aid to the vulnerable provided for by organisations such as the Legal Resources Foundation.

There are no set guideline as to the registration and operation of NGOs. The most relevant legislation is the Zambia Societies Act of 1958. Efforts are underway in parliament to introduce more relevant legislation for NGOs (2007). Some of Zambia’s international NGOs include CARE International and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) which supports grassroots development focusing on HIV/AIDS, improved maternal, child and reproductive health, and the prevention and treatment of malaria.

Zambia’s 25 unions are divided into two primary unions: the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the Federation of Free Trade Unions in Zambia (FFTUZ).