Zambia has received annual funding to support community projects in Mwachiyaba and Shakulya villages in Kafue District, as well as Nanduba and Nansenga villages in Chikankata District, through the South Korean ‘Saemaul Undong’ project.
Over $70,000 has been secured for the implementation of community-led projects in these four villages this year.
Zambia, now a member of the Saemaul Global League (SGL), was selected to implement the Saemaul Undong project from 2023 to 2027 in the mentioned villages under the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.
This announcement was made during the 2023 Global Saemaul Undong Leadership Forum, held on November 2, 2023, in Seoul, under the theme: “Again Saemaul Undong, To the World and Beyond.”
His Excellency the Ambassador, Mr. Andrew Banda, and Ms. Musonda Chisanga, the project Coordinator, were among the over 300 guests who attended this year’s Saemaul Undong Global Leadership Forum, which marked the tenth annual gathering since its inception in 2014.
The event also featured Dr. Patrick Siame, a Lecturer from the University of Zambia, and Mr. Kasapo Chibesa, the best-performing Community Leader from Mwachiyaba village in Kafue District.
Their participation aimed to encourage global leaders and government officials to exchange best practices and discuss regional development policies.
The Saemaul Undong model, which is community-driven development based on demand and active community engagement, is a key focus of the event. It aims to instill confidence and a can-do spirit within communities.
South Korea has been successful in promoting the adoption of the Saemaul Undong model by other countries.
The President of the Korea Saemaul Undong Centre emphasized the importance of community-driven development during the event, highlighting its role in fostering self-confidence and a proactive spirit within communities.
This story has been adopted from the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Zambia.