The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa, with a land area of 752,614 km2, a population of 16 million people, and a tropical climate.



Zambia is paving more than 2000km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.


Development Minerals in Zambia


The Development Minerals sector in Zambia has historically been overshadowed by the mining of copper, cobalt and emerald. However, on the back of Zambia's flourishing building and construction industry the Zambian government and other stakeholders are becoming increasingly aware of the potential of Development Minerals to alleviate poverty, create employment and generate national income.

The success of Ethiopia's cobblestone project for road construction led to the decision by Zambia's Road Development Agency (RDA) to follow in their footsteps through the Pave Zambia 2000 project which will see 2000km of existing urban and township roads rehabilitated over a period of five years using the interlocking paving brick and cobblestone technology. This project is expected to create employment for a minimum of 20,000 Zambians as well as boost the construction sector through the local supply of aggregates for the production of concrete block pavers, cement and river sand.


Challenges, however, remain in the sector. Informality is contributing to significant occupational health and safety, environment and community relations challenges that need to be addressed.

In July 2016, 46 stakeholders attended the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme National Consultation Workshop in Lusaka to discuss the potential of the sector and to craft a national roadmap and workplan for the implementation of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme in Zambia.


Training of trainers workshops

Sector assessments and capacity development roadmaps

initiatives for sector promotion

Value-chain analyses

Community dialogues to address grievances

Public and private dialogues with key stakholders

Small grants to implement return to work plans

Reviews of legal frameworks

Training of trainers workshops








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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

  • Uganda [East Africa]
  • Guinea [West Africa]
  • Zambia [Southern Africa]
  • Cameroon [Central Africa]
  • Jamaica [Caribbean]
  • Fiji [Pacific]