First and foremost, the JCTR asks that you think of the following pages as the instruction manual for the Basic Needs Basket (BNB). In other words, the intention of this Comprehensive Overview is both to compel and empower you to go out and effectively use the BNB for its intended purpose: to promote a more just and human Zambia. In Section One you will be told the story of the JCTR Basket as it slowly evolved from the Lusaka Food Basket into its current form of the Basic Needs Basket. Also, subsequent paragraphs in the first section explore in more depth the mission of the JCTR, the purpose of the Basic Needs Basket and the limitations of the BNB exercise. Section Two attempts to demystify the methodology and scope of the JCTR Basket in all of its past, present and future formats and locations across Zambia. Finally, Section Three unpacks the advocacy strategy of the BNB and suggests its usefulness to the numerous strategic stakeholders.
Attached to this instruction manual for the Basic Needs Basket, located in Appendices C and D, you will find the “product” offered by the JCTR: the 1991 to 2001 Lusaka Food Basket Data and Graphs, the 2002-Present Lusaka Basic Needs Basket Data and Graphs, the 2003 Lusaka Basic Needs Basket Data and Analysis, the 2004 Lusaka Basic Needs Basket Data and Analysis and the 2005-Present Expanded Urban Basic Needs Basket Data and Graphs. Once again, the intention of this manual is to clarify the purpose, limitations, methodology and advocacy strategy of the BNB to encourage appropriate and effective usage of the Basic Needs Basket monthly data and historical statistics. And please remember, the only purpose of reading an instruction manual is to learn how to use a product: we implore that you utilise the BNB in any imaginable capacity so long as it is in promotion of a more just and equitable world!