By Patrick Soko
The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has regretted that social protection interventions have continued to be characterized by low investment and limited political will despite being a critical intervention towards poverty reduction.
The C-S-P-R Executive Director Patrick Nshindano is disappointed that Politicians continue to question the impact of social protection towards uplifting the livelihoods of the people because they do not appreciate its relevance.
“There is demand for accountability on social protection no wonder we continue to it being prioritized in the national budget yet there is little commitment in making resources available,” says Nshindano.
He observes that developed countries prioritize social protection programs in areas such as Health, Education and several other sectors through enhanced investment while it is not the case in Zambia.
In the meantime, Nshindano is disappointed that people there is no accountability in the execution of social protection programs in view of combating poverty.
“Due to ignorance people are not aware that social perception is a right issue, hence they cannot demand accountability,” he said.
Nshindano adds that in order to combat Poverty, spending on social must be enhanced.