Freedom of Association is entrenched in the Zambian Constitution and in several International Law instruments to which Zambia is a party. By hindering the independent and effective operations of NGOs, the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Act of 2009 unjustifiably curtails this freedom. This paper examines the NGO Act and documents the various instances in which it imposes an unconstitutional, unjustifiable and disproportionate hindrance on the ability of NGOs to operate effectively. It argues that the Act threatens to roll back the enormous gains that NGOs have made and continue to make in fermenting accountable, democratic and effective governance in Zambia.
"Freedom of Association and NGO Law: The Constitutionality of the 2009 Zambian NGO Law,"
Southern African Journal of Policy and Development: Vol. 1:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/sajpd/vol1/iss2/5