How to set up an NGO in Africa – The details

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  1. Alex Choti

    thanks for everything, I want to start a new NGO for fighting against poverty in Zambia

    1. bylifeconnected

      That is great, well done. I hope our blog helps you get there. Where will you be based in Zambia?

    2. Geoffrey phiri

      Wow I look forward working with you

  2. Emmanuel Kasonde

    I am Zambian based, I would also want to start a new NGO that will bring a lot of awareness to the Youths on Governance Issues in Zambia and across African Countries, this information has been helpful. I thank you.

    1. bylifeconnected

      You’re very welcome. I hope you manage, you do a good job! It is very important.

  3. Lubasi Makoma

    Thank you for the information. I would like to form an NGO to help people who suddenly become visually impaired.

    1. bylifeconnected

      That’s great to hear, I’m sure you can help a lot of people. I hope this blog helped you along a bit, good luck with everything!

  4. GDK

    Beautiful, your noble course is indeed worth the effort you are putting in… it would be nice working with you guys, let me know if you need any volunteers. Kindly get in touch on via email on :

    All the best.!

    1. bylifeconnected

      Thank you so much, we’re very grateful for your offer and will definitely get in touch if we need volunteers :).

  5. Kalonga Mwiinga

    Thank you for sharing this information. As a Zambian, I was blank on all these procedures – your blog has indeed helped.

    I am looking forward to kick-starting my own NGO…one which will start the test of time. My interest is on climate change awareness, especially among the rural folks. There are also many other thorny issues affecting Africa.

    Thank you much once more for sharing.

    1. bylifeconnected

      That’s very good, thanks for letting us know that our blog has helped. That’s why we wrote our own experience down, to help other people and make it easier 🙂

  6. Natasha Chanda

    Thanks for the blog I have learnt a lot and I’m looking forward to start the registration for my orgo
    God bless you

    1. bylifeconnected

      Thank you, the best of luck with your own NGO.

  7. Loretta Ching'andu

    This information has been extremely helpful. I think so many people shun away from forming NGOs because of the long processes or simply not knowing how to go about it. But this has propelled my passion to have my organization registered and running. Thank you

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Loretta, thank you so much for your feedback. It’s great to hear that we can help other people with their great initiatives in this way!

  8. Tendai Madziakapita

    This was informative! Just a quick question on the Immigration stuff, so you had to apply for work permits as volunteers under the NGO than the “owners” of the NGO? And could you apply as owners of it?

    1. bylifeconnected

      We were told that if you apply as the owners of the NGO, you will have a much harder time to get a work permit. I think that’s because they prefer Zambian people doing the jobs, which makes sense! Plus, as it is right now, we are volunteers, as we don’t get a salary or anything through our NGO. We live of our own savings. I know not everyone has the liberty to do that, so if you want to discuss a different solution, you’re very welcome to sent an email to 🙂

  9. Nchimunya Chilokota

    This is owesome. If you can’t be an employee then be an employer. Very motivating….

  10. Racheal

    Wow so thanks for the information. It has helped me. God bless you

    1. bylifeconnected

      You’re so very welcome. We are happy to help in any way with great initiatives.

  11. Thomas Lufungulo

    I can imagine how frustrating the whole journey was, especially the “car-tumour” in the early days. Your tesmony as helped many (including myself), the reason i am commenting on this blogpost is because i was looking for “how to set up an NGO in Zambia” with a personal expression and not only instruction from PACRA (because sometimes “they swallow their own pride”)TIA.
    We need more posts on your noble cause.
    maybe something like “the IT Guy mistake at PACRA”
    “The Employed CEOs”. LOL, Just joking but i mean we need more!
    God bless.

    1. bylifeconnected

      Haha thank you so much. Yes it’s always good to read other people’s experiences. Feel free to share your own! I know it will turn out differently for everyone.

  12. Thomas Lufungulo

    Once again i thought introducing myself won’t cause anytrouble.
    I am a blogger, web developer&designer and online entrepreneur.
    I am am rating the theme you used A 5/5 star.
    the design Is 200% responsive more than PACRA’s. LOL, and content is amazing.
    God bless,

  13. Mary Chike Nakazwe

    Thanks for sharing the details and the procedure how to register for NGO will do it

  14. eddy note

    anyone who is ready to form up one is welcome. we can work together to form one..we can bring heads together to archive that.0977272028.I made a mistake on the first number that I posted. my original and real number is 0977272028

  15. Joseph Chipeta

    I would like to start an NGO in Zambia to eliminate poverty in rural Zambian communities. I want to join the already existing NGO Outside my country to provide technical and financial support. We want to teach the communities on fish farming, keeping village chickens, and literacy boost in communities among children in the rural areas. The project will start in two districts of LUMEZI and Lundazi.

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Joseph, maybe you can see if there’s any big existing projects in your area that you could join? Think UNDP, USAID or World Vision. Good luck with your endeavors.

  16. Davies mwakalombe

    Thank for this information it’s very helpful I already have a limited company by shares I wand to charge in NGO ,my aim is to elimanate poverty by providing borehole water in different parts of Zambia this is by offering the actual drilling to small scale farmers who have no finecial muscle in paying the drilling company to drill borehole for there variouse projects eg aquaculture farming, pourtry farming, vegetable farming, orchards and community boreholes. I have been in this sector for same time and my company have already a drilling lincese from warma , we understand drilling boreholes in Zambia it’s very expensive because it’s not Zambians who provide such services but if Zambians could own the drilling rigs then we will bring down these high prices of drilling boreholes in our country and we will encourag small scale farmers do develop there various sectors eg poutr, pigery, vegetables farming ,orchard, and general agriculture

    1. Zoe foundation

      Davis mwakalombe, partner with Zoe foundation they are a program on community water drilling…

  17. Maimbolwa Kalaluka

    This information has been helpful as I am trying to come up with a Constitution for an NGO

  18. saston bwalya

    thank you for your testmony indeed you are giving me the guidline.otherwise my mind was troubling on how to start and register of ngo in zambia.but do you need volunteer workers if yes where can i find you?

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Saston,
      We might start volunteering in the future, but currently do not have the capacity to house them. If you subscribe for our newsletter, you will be kept up to date on progress in that section. We’re in Nalusanga, the entrance village into Kafue National Park. Feel free to reach out once we announce that we need volunteers through our newsletter!
      Kindly, Kellie

  19. Isaac kapandula

    Thanks so much,
    Iam a passionate zambian based social worker who’s been willing to meet people with such great mindset. My ambitions are to become an active custodian in as far as social issues are concerned. Nalusanga is been my place and am very farmilia with it in terms of culture and many other things. Am looking foward to working with you as a volunteer
    Thank you

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Isaac, that sounds amazing. We will be starting a volunteer program and would love to welcome you. Maybe you could send us an email program with a bit more information about yourself, what you do, why you’re motivated, maybe your resume? You can contact us through The easiest way for us to communicate :).

  20. Isaac kapandula

    Iam motivated to helping the elderly have a better life. Life is always not easy for them to find a good balance once they stop working. They are often isolated and facing financial or healthy challenges. I want to improve their situation for them and advocate when necessary for this target group

  21. Mwengwe bwalya

    I want to open an organisation that will look at patients nutrition
    I want to help malnourished patients of all ages boost their immune and have a healthy bodies by providing nutritional food staffs.

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  23. Mark Young

    I am planning on starting an A|NGO in Zambia and your information was truly helpful.

    Could you tell me what the total cost was? I know that Zambia has raise the fees.

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Mark, I honestly can’t tell you how much the costs are at this moment in time. And I don’t know by head how much we paid in the end, because it was just so many different places we were paying and getting stamps and another office paying etc. etc. But my estimate would be that it was around a 10,000 kwacha total to get both the NGO up and running and our work permits. And then after that you still need to add money to open a bank account, for which you then need a reference and a lawyer. So take into account a bit more. PLUS, the permit prices have tripled since the first of January, so it’s definitely going to cost more.

  24. olga mashilo

    very informative indeed. Am being approached by a Zambian lady to start an NGO to help vulnerable women and children in the rural areas. Am very much keen to do so though I am South African very much in the upliftment of women in rural areas. The Board of Trustees in the NGO should they also be Zambian or we can have overseas based people?

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Olga,
      The board can definitely have overseas based people, as long as the board is at least 50% Zambians, or Zambian residents.
      Hope that helps 🙂

  25. Annie Musonda

    Hello, Great minds!
    Your article has really helped a lot and has set my mind on what to expect. Your experience has been an eye-opener and thanks for sharing your ‘we will make mistakes so that you do have to’. What a selfless disposition! I am now more determined to help my community from the grassroots by registering an NGO for Adult Education. I am passionate about community service works to do with enhancing adult literacy, sanitation and hygiene, soft work skills and other related activities. Hope to exchange notes in due course.
    Kind regards,
    Annie (Chongwe District, Zambia)

    1. bylifeconnected

      Hi Annie,
      Thanks for your feedback! That sounds like an amazing thing to do, Adult Education. Super important. I’m actually thinking, because I’ve heard an organization doing that before, but I can’t remember which one it was. I think World Vision.. I would definitely suggest Googling a bit, you might not have to reinvent the wheel yourself :). And yes, we are all for community development! So if we’re at a level where that might be something we would like to do in our community, we will definitely reach out to you as well!
      Good luck with everything,
      Warm regards,

  26. Zoe foundation

    To make the process of registration issue easy, I think its best to volunteers in a program that operational and start consultations from government offices for information.. And you start registration. That way cost of registration can be low….

  27. Penyani Paul Phiri

    I need a forum

  28. masiye nyirenda

    That quite a work u did there, i just came across ur blog today despite it been old its never too late i guess. I m in the pipeline of formation an organization that helps youths become self reliant by using their God gifted talents and skills so if any is intrested please lets talk. We might just do a collaboration i don’t have funds as at now so anyone interested can email me we talk.
    Your information wasvery helpfully

  29. Frank

    I was researching for the guidelines of a constitution until I found this. Its really great, but am a little behind. Me and my team are about to form an organisation to assist the youth and the vulnerable specifically the orphans and old much would the registration process cost us.and what adviçe can you give us please.

    1. bylifeconnected

      That’s great. My main advise is to visit a PACRA office. They can easily answer all your questions and up to date prices!

  30. janet mwandila

    Thanks for the information its really helpful, am Zambian based would like to open up a children foundation

    1. bylifeconnected

      That’s amazing, I wish you the best of luck. I’m sure you’ll succeed ?

  31. Cephas Mumanga

    Thanks for shading more light. We are an organisation helping talents and we intend to work globally. Just looking for potential donors to fund our projects… If you know any donors please help…. is our site

  32. Taonga Shacholi

    Thank you for shading more light on how to start a NGO.
    Am also in an organization that gives aid to street kids in Zambia.
    Just praying for donors to help the organization because this is when the NGO was created.

    1. Patrick

      Wow! great thing,have been wanting to be in one…do you mind connecting me to that NGO which you’ar into?

  33. Enock

    Even in 2022 this is so helpful. Thank you so much.

  34. Spender musonda

    Thank you for helping me to continue with my dream.

  35. Patrick

    Very amazing despite all you guys went through. Thank God you’hav managed to do what you wanted most.

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