THE European Union (EU) has given a total grant of 7.6 million Euros (KR55 million) to four Government institutions and eight non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
This is aimed at supporting implementation of health, education, sustainable livelihood, governance, and water and sanitation projects in Zambia.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, Head of EU delegation in Zambia Gilles Hervio said the projects would be funded under a thematic programme called 'Non State Actors and Local Authorities in Development'.
Mr Hervio said the local authorities selected would use the funds to carry out, among other projects, improved water, sanitation and waste management and building capacity to implement preventive health services.
"I am happy with the delivery of proposals we received and pleased with the quality and the geography and thematic diversity of the projects which have been selected.
"I can already announce that, later this year, the EU delegation in Zambia will launch two new calls for proposals, one for non-state actors and one for local authorities with an estimated three million Euros and 800,000 Euro respectively," he said.
The recipients of the funds are Mongu Municipal Council, Petauke District Council, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company and Kafue District Health Management Team.
Some of the NGOs include Care International, Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia (CIRDZ), DanChurch Aid and Marie Stopes.
Mr Hervio was hopeful that the NGOs would utilise the funds in sustaining likelihoods of poor people in rural areas, focusing on development activities, entrepreneurship and skills development and community-driven agricultural initiatives.
Earlier, Local Government Minister Emerine Kabanshi said Government had prioritised the provision of clean water and sanitation services and was grateful to the EU for its continued support.