Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

COVID-19 Survey in Zambia

Results of our COVID-19 survey in Zambia.  Please find our insights on Trust in Authorities, Precautionary Behaviours, Response to Illness, and COVID-19 Fears.


Particularly noteworthy results, in our view, are:
  • Zambians fear infection, hunger, and crime, but these fears may inspire precautionary behavior.
  • Zambians know precautionary behaviour measures are important, but social pressure may make them hard to implement.
  • Most Zambians have help if sick, but many engage in behaviors that risk spreading illness.
  •  A wide range of leaders can play an important role in the fight against COVID-19.
This study is part of a larger project on COVID-19 response in Malawi and Zambia, Developing a Locally Rooted Approach to COVID-19 Response, based at the Swedish research institute, The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). GLD conducts scientifically rigorous, policy-relevant research in an effort to promote human welfare globally. The study on COVID-19 response in Zambia is a collaborative effort by GLD and the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR). SAIPAR is an independent, research and development-oriented research center based in Zambia.


Please note – These results come from a telephone survey, but most respondents are part of a larger panel study, the first survey of which was the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI), conducted in 2019. The LGPI was conducted face-to-face, using a multi-stage PPS sampling strategy and elite surveys to provide information about community-level factors and the individual’s attitudes and experience with governance and service delivery before the COVID-19 crisis. It also gives us geolocated data of respondents. This will help us to understand how both how governance conditions and individual factors shape people’s knowledge of behavior and outcomes of the crisis.

Maano alazwa amukasumbwa

Translation: "Wisdom may be found through observation of even the simplest things"

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