Project to amplify youth voices on public debt management kicks-off in Chipata


The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has signed an agreement with the Open Society Foundation (OSF) to implement a two year project called Amplified Youth Voices in Public Debt Management.

The project is aimed at monitoring debt restructuring, payments and amplifying the voices of the youths through public finance management discourse, according to CSPR Eastern Province Coordinator Justin Mwila.

Launching the project officially in Chipata District of Eastern Province on Monday, Mwila said CSPR held auditions for the youths to take up positions of debt management champions in various districts in the province.

He said CSPR was working on issues of accountability and transparency adding that the Amplified Youth Voices in Public Debt Management projects was meant to spearhead this mandate.

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“During the auditions, youths were instructed to submit write-ups to do with the issues around the public debt and a few individuals were later picked for auditions after which five were finally selected after serious scrutiny by the judges, “Mwila said.

He said CSPR also aimed to effectively implement its pro-poor policy by carrying out the two years project in the ten provinces of Zambia.

“CSPR will work to improve and consolidate the quality of civic input in the formulation and implementation of the national development plans and the national budget of the country,” Mwila said.

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