Zambia Education Sector Support – ZESSTA (DFID)

DFID-funded Education Sector Support and Technical Assistance in Zambia alongside the British Council

Programme has now moved from inception to project implementation phase from 1st June 2015. The British Council is responsible for delivering this programme in partnership with Ecorys, the Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) University of Wolverhampton. This programme will support Zambia’s Ministry of General Education (MoGE) to improve the country’s education sector.


Staff from CIDT who are working closely on the ZESSTA programme are:

  • Mary Surridge who was engaged at the inception phase.
  • Lilla Oliver as the Core Adviser for Curriculum.
  • Patt Flett as the Core Adviser for Research, Evaluation and Impact.

Technical support

The Technical Assistance component of the Education Sector Budget Support (SBS) Programme in Zambia (ZESSTA) is a 3 year, £4.6m contract which is part of a broader Sector Budget Support programme aiming to support the Government of Zambia to improve the effectiveness of its spend in Education. The Technical Assistance component is intended to accompany SBS service delivery grants to strengthen financial, HR, data and results management systems.


The ZESSTA programme has nine work streams which are designed to support MESVTEE to realise the objectives of the NIF III and to articulate NIF IV. The Technical Assistance to MESVTEE is designed to develop capacity through