Social Services and Protection is a component of one of the four national priority areas in Zim Asset: Social Protection and Poverty Eradication. This ZUNDAF result area will support Zimbabwe in strengthening human capital development, resilience, inclusiveness and social cohesion.
The 2014 Country Analysis shows that Zimbabwe has, with the support of development partners, recovered from the worst effects of the multiple crises that beset the country between 2000 and 2009.
Social Services and Protection outcomes have been curtailed by limited fiscal space, economic stagnation, poor infrastructure, widening inequality and exclusion of some marginalized groups, partial or non-alignment of major laws and policies with the new constitution, limited human resource capacity, poor retention of skilled labour, and limited exploitation of technological opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
Accordingly, the UN will also support Zimbabwe to embrace and work towards the implementation of the SDGs, especially 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11, and the Zimbabwe country commitment to Family Planning 2020, related to fighting and reducing vulnerability among key population groups.
The United Nations in Zimbabwe has articulated its support around three main outcomes:
Vulnerable populations have increased access to and utilisation of quality basic social services
Key institutions provide quality and equitable basic social services
Households living below the food poverty line have improved access to and utilisation of social protection services
In the 2012-2015 ZUNDAF, considerable investment was made in ensuring that collapsed systems were reconstructed and equipped. The UN will support the country to consolidate this process by ensuring that all social sectors are able to provide quality and equitable services.
The focus will be on helping to deliver high-impact, cost-effective interventions for education, reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health, water, sanitation and hygiene practices, nutrition and responses to gender disparities and gender-based violence.
Resources required to achieve this result area are US$ 748 million.