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Zambia Threshold Program

The Zambia Threshold Program's end date was March 1, 2009. The Threshold Program is now closed.

The Zambia Threshold Program targeted policy areas measured by three MCC eligibility indicators: Control of Corruption, Government Effectiveness, and Business Start-Up.

Zambia was one of the first countries selected by MCC to participate in the Threshold Program. Selected for the Threshold Program in 2004, Zambia did not meet MCC’s compact eligibility criteria in the Ruling Justly and Economic Freedom categories.  To assist the Government of Zambia in designing its threshold program, MCC conducted an indicator analysis highlighting key policy constraints raised by the indicator institutions.

Zambia’s Threshold Program had three projects designed to support the program’s objective to combat corruption in key government institutions and reduce barriers to increased trade and investment.

Zambia Threshold Program Implementation

The Zambia Threshold Program agreement was signed in May 2006 and concluded in February 2009. As the program administrator, USAID managed day-to-day program operations in Zambia and oversaw Chemonics, the primary implementer. The threshold program partnered with nine government ministries, departments, and agencies and two non-governmental organizations. Threshold program activities were concentrated in the capital, Lusaka, with selected activities taking place at the local or regional level. 

Program Achievements

The Zambia Threshold Program was largely implemented as planned, and the majority of outputs were met.  Significant program results include the establishment of one-stop shops that automated procedures for business registration and tax payment, and reduced processing times for customs operations. 

Zambia was selected as eligible for an MCC Compact on December 11, 2008. MCC and the Government of Zambia signed a compact on May 10, 2012.