South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe



South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are three countries that are very different to each other. South Africa and Zimbabwe are perhaps two of the countries in Africa of which the British public is most aware, but for very different reasons. Whereas South Africa is arguably the most developed nation in which our partners work – with 99% access to improved drinking water, an emergent market economy and modern infrastructure – Zimbabwe has received international attention for the chaotic and tyrannical leadership of its only president since independence in 1980, Robert Mugabe. 

Zambia is different again. Since the privatisation of the copper mines, copper output has increased steadily. However, a high birth rate, relatively high HIV/AIDS burden and poor policymaking have meant that Zambia's economic growth has failed to dramatically decrease poverty. 85% of Zambians are agricultural workers and 87% have access to improved drinking water. 

Afrinspire maintains much looser connections with these three African countries, namely the supply of equipment such as computers to partners working in each. More information will appear on this page soon about our South African, Zambian and Zimbabwean partners.  


At a glance: South Africa

Population: 48.6m

Total area: 1.2 million sq km

GDP per capita: $11,600

Population on less than us $1.25 per day: 13.8%

Life expectancy at birth: 49 years

Literacy rate: 93.9% male; 92.2% female

One doctor per 1,300 persons


Zambia at a glance: Zambia

Population: 14.2m

Total area: 752,618 sq km

GDP per capita: $1,700

Population on less than $1.25 per day: 74.5%

Life expectancy at birth: 52 years

Literacy rate: 71.9% male; 51.8% female

One doctor per 17,000 persons


Zimbabwe at a glance: Zimbabwe

Population: 13.2 million

Total area: 390,757 sq km

GDP per capita: $600

Population on less than $1.25 per day: n/a

Life expectancy at birth: 54

Literacy rate: 87.8% male; 80.1% female

One doctor per 6,250 persons