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The Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) is funded by the Government of Finland. ZGJP facilitates private sector development for inclusive green growth and more quality jobs for the poor, particularly for young people and women. This report is an independent mid-term evaluation of the programme that analyses the progress made thus far, identifies good practices, and proposes recommendations.
The programme uses a multidimensional intervention approach to promote sustainable market changes in the Zambian construction industry. The coordinated interventions are being undertaken at three different system levels (meta, macro and micro level), targeting three main objectives. Outcome 1 addresses consumer buyer behaviours towards best practice in green construction and green financing through awareness raising activities. Outcome 2 promotes a refined industry-specific regulatory framework that stimulates demand among private and public housing developers for environmentally friendly building materials, products and methods. Outcome 3 aims to build capacity of local MSMEs in effectively participating in the building construction and green building goods and finance and business development services market in Zambia and, hence, enable them to grow and create green jobs.
The evaluation adopted a mixed methods approach. Quantitative data was obtained from the programme’s monitoring and evaluation system. Qualitative methods, including key informant interviews and focus group discussions, formed the main instruments for gathering evaluation data. The data gathered through field visits was collated and verified through triangulation. Progress on targets was assessed through the quantitative data collected, while the qualitative data collected provided explanations for the findings.
This report is useful for funding agencies, practitioners and researchers designing or implementing green growth or green job programmes.