Zambia

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 648,222
  • % of total
  • 3.7%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 2,752,731
  • % of total
  • 15.6%
  • Total pension coverage*
  • 10%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes (regional only)
  • Region
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Income group
  • Lower middle income

% of older people (65+) receiving a pension, by type

Data on social pensions

Social Cash Transfer Programme, Katete (Pilot)

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Social Cash Transfer Programme, Katete (Pilot)
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 2007

2009

A social pension in Zambia: perceptions of the cash transfer pilot in Katete (HelpAge International Paper)

Eligibility criteria

  • Age of eligibility
  • 60
  • Targeting approach
  • Regional and Universal
  • Detailed eligibility criteria
  • Due to being a pilot, need to prove minimum 12 months residence in ward (from village registers).
  • References and notes

2009

A social pension in Zambia: perceptions of the cash transfer pilot in Katete (HelpAge International Paper)

Adequacy

  • Monthly benefit (local currency)
  • 60 Kwacha
  • US$
  • 11
  • % of GDP per capita
  • 7.8%
  • $ PPP
  • 11.9
  • % of $1.90 poverty line (PPP)
  • 21%
  • Local amount detailed/other benefits
  • Payments made bi-monthly
  • References and notes

2009

Zambia social protection case study - presentation by a senior social welfare officer in the Ministry of community development and social services

Coverage

  • Number of recipients
  • 4,706
  • Coverage of population over the age of eligibility
  • 0.9%
  • Coverage of population 60+
  • 0.9%
  • References and notes

In this UNICEF produced video Grace Mukamutema, a Grandmother from Zambia, and her family talk about the impact that the Social Cash Transfer Programme has has on their lives. 

Resources on the pension in Zambia

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