About us


Building brighter futures


Build It is an international charity, registered in Zambia and the UK.

We are in the business of building. With our UK and Zambia community of support we:

The opportunity to work and thrive

We work in Zambia, one of the poorest countries in Africa where 64% of the population lives below the poverty line and 80% have no regular income (World Bank 2017). As a result for many Zambian communities life is a daily struggle for survival, with limited access to the basic services that many of us take for granted; education, health and basic sanitation.

But there is a real opportunity to make a difference in Zambia. Build It was established in Zambia in 2007. We understand the Zambian and construction sector contexts. We have established effective partnerships and networks. We have strong, experienced Boards in Zambia and in the UK.

Our Centre for Excellence is at the heart of our ambitious plans to expand our training programme, with strong links to local employers and working towards international standards. We are a learning organisation that seeks to constantly adapt and improve. Our carefully considered approach focuses on genuinely sustainable and measured impact on the lives of young people in Zambia.

Our values





“The COVID-19 pandemic has seen Build It’s values of courage and collaboration come to the fore…
Now more than ever, we remain committed to building brighter futures in Zambia.”
Andrew Jowett OBE
Chief Executive

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedent challenges and disruptions.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been guided by our organisational priorities to:

1. Keep our staff and trainees as safe as possible

2. Ensure Build It emerges from the pandemic in sound financial health, and with all key operation capabilities intact

3. Contribute to the wider effort in Zambia to combat COVID-19 through our Safe Hands initiative

Build It International never uses the services of agents or third parties when negotiating contracts. Please contact info@builditinternational.org if anyone makes any representations to this effect.