United Nations in Zimbabwe - Support to National Development Priorities (2016 - 2020)

Delivering As One

In 2016, with a generous financial support from development partners and under the leadership of the Government, USD 403 million in development grant was delivered through the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF.

The following highlights key results achieved in the first-year implementation of the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF in support of national development priorities:


I. Social Services and Protection

  • USD 680 million health development fund commenced implementation to strengthen health systems, address child and maternal health.
  • Enrolment of children with disabilities in primary and secondary education increased by 24% (from 40,226 to 49,692).
  • National Social Security Strategy launched and cash transfer to over 55,000 vulnerable households maintained.
  • Over 58,000 households accessed sanitation and hygiene with construction of new latrines.
  • Close to 330 boreholes were drilled and 37 piped water schemes rehabilitated.

II. Food and Nutrition Security

  • Under the National Financial Inclusion Strategy smallholder farmers and SMEs in eight districts accessed over USD 11 million in loan.
  • 20 irrigation schemes, 109 dip tanks and 217 boreholes and rehabilitation of various small weirs improved the production and productivity of smallholder farmers.
  • Over 2 million people provided with targeted food assistance through in-kind and cash transfer.
  • Some 140,000-vulnerable people supported with community asset building programmes.


  • Over one million people living with HIV accessed free anti-retroviral therapy enabling them to lead healthy and productive lives.
  • 1.9m Zimbabweans were tested and given results with 0.9m being put on anti-retroviral treatment representing a 95% achievement rate.
  • Prevention efforts through male circumcision; awareness raising; and scaled-up voluntary counselling and testing has stopped the epidemic.
  • Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Activist Union capacitated to decentralize community treatment monitoring model to 8 districts in Mashonaland Central province.

IV. Poverty Reduction and Value Addition

  • Implementation of a multi-year and multi-donor resilience programme begun, so far over 86,000 households supported in vulnerable districts in the country with income generating opportunities.
  • A two year 2016-2020 Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (I-PRSP) developed and launched to guide poverty reduction programmes and projects.

V. Public Administration and Governance

  • The second Universal Periodic Review process resulted on successful participation of Zimbabwe at the UN Human Rights Council session and accepted 142 recommendations for implementation.
  • Capacity building on treaty bodies, and establishing and strengthening the capacity of independent institutions including human rights; gender; election; peace, healing and reconciliation; and media commissions.
  • The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has been capacitated for investigation and complaints handling. Of 477 cases in 2016, the Commission handled 173 cases.

VI. Gender Equality

  • With a concerted multi-stakeholder, national advocacy child marriages have been banned and national action plan on ending child marriages has been put in place.
  • Eight women banks have been established to mainstream gender equality into the national financial inclusion strategy
  • 300 district gender based violence (GBV) trained on GBV prevention and response; over 16,200 women accessed GBV shelters and services at One Stop Centers.

VII. Humanitarian Response

  • The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for April 2016 – March 2017 supported over two million vulnerable people affected by drought with USD 215 million (65% of the overall HRP target).