Kitwe - On Wednesday November 23rd Hon. Vincent Mwale, Minister of Local Government successfully launched the Sustainable Housing Guidelines and reiterated government commitment to the sustainable development agenda.
On November 3, the Technical Committee of the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) Management Board approved the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) curriculum, developed by TEVETA with the technical and logistical support from the Zambia Green Jobs Programme.
Saint-Gobain, world leader in sustainable habitats and high performance construction materials joins hands with Zambia Green Jobs Programme in a skills upgrade initiative with Thornpark Construction Training Centre (TCTC).
The Zambia Green Jobs Programme hosted 4th Year students from the Copperbelt University School of Built Environment on Friday 21st October. The students were on a tour of green buildings in Lusaka as part of the ZGJP undertaking with the University.
Despite the vast potential in employment creation that the construction industry has, the sector is characterized by serious decent work deficits resulting from poor regulatory, governance and enforcement mechanisms and a severe lack of social protection programmes. With this in mind, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP), organised a two-day Social Protection training workshop for Micro, Small and Medium contractors on the 27th and 28th September 2016 at Cresta Golfview Hotel in Lusaka.
Globally, an estimated 2.3 million lives are lost each year from occupational accidents and work-related ailments and nearly 350,000 deaths result from occupational accidents, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Zambia Green Jobs Programme, through its stakeholders and private sector partners, is developing new and alternative initiatives to curb deforestation and introduce a green construction sector, of which forest management is a fundamental component.
Omba Lacey, one of the participants of the 2014 ILO led "Start and Improve Your Green Construction Business" training runs a thriving construction business in Lusaka. Using the knowledge she received, Omba has built several structures that include two shops and five residential flats in Solwezi. She has also built a government clinic in Lumwana using green means. The clinic was a collaboration effort between her company and the locals who supplied the compacted interlocking bricks that were used. At her house, Omba has done renovations and is building a stand-alone home office using locally sourced materials.
In its mission to address the need for affordable and environmental-friendly housing in Zambia, the Zambia Green Job's Programme (ZGJP) collaborates with organisations such as the People's Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia (PPHPZ). Through the National Housing Authority (NHA) the Ministry of Local Government has awarded PPHPZ with a public procurement contract to construct 100 low-cost sustainable houses.
During his inauguration speech given at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Tuesday 13th September, President Edgar Lungu reiterated his government's commitment to a green economy and sustainable development in Zambia.
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The current shift towards green building construction in Zambia offers a great business opportunity for suppliers of green building materials as Zambians are becoming aware of the benefits of green building and sustainable construction. Residential housing property developers, architects, construction businesses and home-owners alike have seen the significant and exciting opportunity to green their procurement channels and projects with local suppliers of green building materials and technologies.
Office retail complex and Green Award winner Foxdale Court is organising a World Environment Day Expo this week on June 3 and 4 at their premises in Lusaka. The event is hosted together with the UN, Zambia Green Jobs Programme, Lusaka City Council, Zambia Environmental Management Agency, Zambia breweries Manja Pamodzi project, EcoZambia, Jiivana, Kukula Capital, Ministry of Lands Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
Zambia Social Protection Week: Zambia Green Jobs Programme contributes to shaping policy debate on extension of social protection to the informal economy
During the first ever Zambia Social Protection Week, representatives of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme social protection component shared experience and best practices on how to extend social protection to workers in the informal economy.
On May 5th, as the Official Partner, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme was joined by second time sponsors First National Bank Zambia (FNB), Zambia Property Owners Association (ZAPOA) and Knight Frank in kicking off the 216 edition of the Zambia International Property (ZIP) Expo. This high-profile event took place from May 5th until 7th at the Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka, organized by SmartHomes International, Jannou New York and R!evolution Media.
At the end of 2015, the ZGJP has supported the creation of 2,660 jobs, as well as the quality improvement of 2,018 green and decent jobs existing in micro, small and mediusmsized enterprises. In addition, the programme has benefitted more than 6 667 enterprises, workers and their representatives. As a result, 2,554 households have reported an increased income. To find out more about these results and how they were achieved, please download our 2015 annual report here.