USAID has invested nearly $100 million annually in Zimbabwe supporting a broad portfolio of health programs in order to provide treatment for and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, and help make integrated reproductive, maternal, and child health care services more accessible to families. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID helps to reduce illness and death caused by HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, especially among women and children. In addition, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative supports Zimbabwe’s national goal by providing bed nets, spraying to eliminate mosquitoes, and providing assistance in diagnosis and treatment to combat malaria in 45 districts.
USAID aims to reduce poverty and address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition for vulnerable populations to improve resilience and reduce future food needs. The Feed the Future Presidential initiative helps over 61,000 smallholder farmers and other underprivileged households each year to increase agricultural productivity, rural employment, and household incomes through improved agricultural practices and strengthened commercial linkages to markets.
In addition to USAID’s support for agriculture, U.S. assistance promotes economic reform and recovery in Zimbabwe by giving policy makers access to evidence-based economic research and analysis. USAID supports policy dialogue by bringing together government, the private sector, and other key stakeholders to discuss key economic policy issues. USAID also funds training to improve workforce and entrepreneurship skills for job seekers.
Democracy, Rights and Governance
Through its democracy and governance programs, USAID promotes democratic governance by supporting Zimbabwean efforts to improve government accountability and responsiveness to citizens’ needs.
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
USAID believes in promoting gender equality and seeks to ensure that development programs have positive impacts on both men and women. Programs emphasize creating space for women to be part of decision-making processes both in the context of the activity and in their communities. This enables them to have equal access to and control of information and resources.
USAID, through Food for Peace, is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe, contributing more than one billion dollars in humanitarian assistance, including food aid, since 2002. Since 2009, USAID’s efforts focus on helping Zimbabwe to progress from relief and recovery to sustainable development and greater food security.
Last updated: September 12, 2014