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Zambia Institute for Labour Research and Development Provides The services listed below.

 Labour Research and Socio-economic Policy Analysis:

The labour research component of the Institute is to collect data and analysis for the benefit of the worker in Zambia through various information dissemination avenues. ZILARD will use research as the key weapon in setting the agenda for the labour movement in Zambia. This is because research offers a starting point for bargaining for better and effective negotiations, and this will be accomplished through awareness with labour unions and the public in general.

Policy plays a key role in governments planning and implementation, hence it will be vital for ZILARD to be alert to the policy dimensions and how it affects the workers. Labour policy analysis and influence strategy will play a pivotal role in enhancing ZILARD’s work and the labour movement in the country at large. ZILARD will conduct studies pertaining to political economic, environmental and social issues and on the continent as far as they pertain to labour. The research will have a particular focus on Zambia, SADC and African policy developments, the outcome thereof will be used to influence policy development and implementation on the continent. ZILARD as a labour think-tank will endeavor to build strategic partnerships at national, regional and international levels.


  • To initiate and drive a demand-driven labour research and socio-economic policy analysis that will build the research capacity of trade unions to advocate for change through evidence-based policy positions in the interests of working people in Zambia and the world at large.
  • To assist in the development of empirically informed trade union policy interventions at the national, regional and continental levels.
  1. Expected Outcomes
  • Increased liaison with ZCTU affiliate and profile of research outputs.
  • Trained labour researchers in research methodology
  • Presence of active information database
  • ZCTU affiliates research capacity enhanced.
  • ZCTU affiliates  research information database
  • Increased intelligence/information and analysis capacity and communication capabilities of ZCTU affiliates
  •  Increased policy analysis capacity of affiliates
  • Digitalization  and archiving labour historical materials