USAID investment in Zimbabwe supports a broad portfolio of health programs. USAID/Zimbabwe provides treatment for and prevention of diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria and helps increase access to reproductive, maternal, and child health care services for families. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we help to reduce illness and deaths caused by the HIV epidemic, especially among women and children. In addition, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative supports Zimbabwe’s national malaria program by providing bed nets, spraying to eliminate mosquitoes, and assistance in diagnosis and treatment to combat malaria in 45 districts.
Agriculture and Food Security
USAID, through Food for Peace, is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe. This emergency support complements development assistance to vulnerable populations to help households build resilience to ongoing climatic shocks and economic stress and gradually reduce the need for seasonal food assistance. During the 2019-2020 lean season over one million Zimbabweans will benefit from U.S. Government emergency assistance.
Through Feed the Future, USAID has helped over 200,000 smallholder farmers since 2010 to increase agricultural productivity, rural employment, and household incomes through improved agricultural practices and strengthened commercial linkages to markets. USAID supports farmers and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises with improved access to finance through private sector partnerships and risk-sharing agreements with Zimbabwean commercial lenders.
Democracy, Rights and Governance
USAID promotes democratic governance by supporting Zimbabwean efforts to improve government accountability and responsiveness to citizens’ needs. USAID strengthens accountability systems by assisting Parliament to increase their independence and effectiveness, improves inclusive electoral processes to better reflect citizen voices, expands access to information, and activates mechanisms for citizen advocacy and oversight. USAID builds social cohesion by equipping citizens and communities with skills and tools to prevent, mitigate, and manage conflicts and resulting negative impacts on individuals and society.
Through a regional environmental program, USAID works with communities in the Limpopo River Basin to improve natural resource management and increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. USAID seeks to reduce wildlife crime across Southern Africa by countering poaching and illegal wildlife trade in national parks and conservancies. These programs promote capacity building, improve accountability within conservation areas, and develop community incentives to support combating wildlife crime.
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
USAID promotes gender equality and seeks to ensure that development programs have positive outcomes for both men and women. Programs emphasize creating space for women to be part of decision-making processes both in the activity and in their communities.
Sixty-one percent of Zimbabwe’s population is under the age of thirty-five. USAID recognises youth participation as vital to Zimbabwe’s prosperity and ending vicious cycles of poverty, unemployment, and pandemics. We partner with young people, the private sector, and civil society organizations to build the capacity of Zimbabwe’s future leaders, while contributing to economic growth and inclusive development.