Accountability and Good Governance

Weaknesses in governance in Zambia have manifested in inefficiencies in the electoral system, poor observance of the rule of law, high levels of public sector corruption, lack of transparency and accountability among others. These are factors that have the potential to lead to conflicts and violation of human rights of the citizens. SACCORD will strategically address some of the challenges of weak accountability and poor governance, as a means of conflict prevention. Through the Accountability and Good Governance Programme (AGOGO), SACCORD will seek to influence good governance as a vehicle for maintaining peace and conflict management.

  • SACCORD contributed to the adoption of the Decentralization Implementation Plan (DIP) by Cabinet at the end of 2009 through its advocacy work over decentralization.
  • SACCORD’s target areas of work such as Choma, Itezhi-tezhi, Sesheke, Solwezi, Nyimba, Petauke, Chipata, and Mambwe are able to hold duty bearers accountable. For example in Itezhi-tezhi SACCORD Action Group continuously monitors the provision of water for the district as pledged by the local authority.
  • SACCORD advocacy against corruption contributed to the enactment of the 2009 Anti-Corruption Policy.
  • SACCORD anti-corruption advocacy also contributed to re-instating the Abuse of Authority clause in the Anti-Corruption Statutes of Zambia in 2012.
  • SACCORD has been instrumental in advocating for key issues in the draft Constitution and these include the 50% plus 1 electoral formula, presidential running mate among others. These issues have been reflected in the draft Constitution of Zambia by the Technical Committee.