Founded in 1986 as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, DAPP Zambia creates development together with the people, through running community based and people centred projects. We do this by generating conducive spaces for community ownership of the projects by mobilising people to find community centred solutions to challenges.
DAPP’s mission is to create development in communities together with the people by sharing necessary skills, knowledge and tools to fight poverty, illiteracy and disease. DAPP has a long- term vision of seeing: a Zambia where people live equitably, free from poverty and injustice, with access to health and education in a nation that protects and develops natural resources to sustain them.
Its projects harness peoples’ own power, working for sustainable development, to create positive change individually and collectively to build resilience and capacities. This includes improving livelihood, lifelong learning, as well as health and human rights for all.
It implements various projects in all the 10 Provinces of Zambia reaching over 1.3 million people. The knowledge, skills and tools we share, empower people and their families to face and overcome poverty, illiteracy and disease with diligence. We believe that when people work together, they are better able to support one another and take collective actions to solve problems that they cannot handle alone.
Working with children, youths and women in developing vocational, entrepreneurial and literacy trainings, DAPP Zambia believes that quality education for all and the promotion of learning for life are fundamentals for the people and the communities to be in control of their own development.
Its activities are cost effective, providing best value for money in terms of outcomes and impact and are aligned with the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s 7th National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
DAPP Zambia is a member of the Federation for Associations connected to the International Humana People to People Movement that was formally established in 1996.
The goal of the Federation is to achieve increased positive impact on global development through strengthening co-operation among members.
The 30 independent member associations are located across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. They share a set of common values to protect the planet, build communities and support people to join forces, unleashing their potential for positive change and action.
Our work is possible through partnerships between DAPP Zambia, the Zambian Government, private companies, local and internal development organisations, foundations, customers in our DAPP shops, volunteers and active members of our projects. The people benefitting and DAPP are deeply grateful for funds committed and the spirit of contributing to development in Zambia.
DAPP Zambia is very grateful to all the partners for their commitment and drive to make our communities the best places to live in.
“Keeping together is progress. Working together is success" Henry Ford
Development Aid from People to People in Zambia (DAPP Zambia) is a Zambian NGO registered under the Zambian NGO Act administrated under the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services. Our accounts are audited by KPMG under International Standards on Auditing.
The General Assembly ultimately oversees the organization while the Board of Directors elected yearly is accountable for both financial and operational activities.
DAPP Zambia is primarily accountable to two groups: The funding partners, accounted for according to the determinations in the partnership agreements. Secondly, we are accountable to the people we reach through these programmes. We take this accountability very seriously and
respond to it through rigorous monitoring, auditing and reporting of all activities, in addition to financials.
In 2021, DAPP Zambia was officially certified for good governance policies and procedures, including their implementation, by the internationally renowned inspection and certification company, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) NGO Benchmarking, which carried out an external audit.