Cartier Philanthropy - What we do

What we do


Zambia has managed to avoid the war and upheaval that has marked much of Africa’s post-colonial history, earning itself a reputation for political stability. The landlocked country has experienced rapid economic growth over the past decade as Africa’s second-largest copper producer after the DR Congo. In 2011, Zambia achieved middle-income country status, but this growth and massive Chinese investment only benefitted a small segment of the urban population and had a limited impact on poverty. 64% of Zambians earn less than the international poverty line figure of $1.90 per day (compared to 41% across Sub-Saharan Africa), and three quarters of the country’s poor live in rural areas.
Zambia also has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations with the UN projecting that its population will triple by 2050.

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
62 years
Human Development Index
144 (out of 189)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

related programmes

Current partners

Healthy Learners
World Bicycle Relief