Zimbabwe Millennium Development Goals Final Progress Report
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000-2015 deadline ended on 31 December 2015 and has since been will be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016-2030, to be launched in 2016. The MDGs have served as a cornerstone of development policy around the globe since their adoption in 2000.
This report highlights the context, successes, challenges and lessons learnt in the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Zimbabwe.
- The MDGs era coincided with one of the most difficult periods in Zimbabwe’s economic history, as reflected by severe economic challenges in the country.
- Zimbabwe made significant progress in the reduction of HIV prevalence; gender equality; primary school enrolments and provision of core text books; tertiary enrolments; literacy; maternal health; and child immunisation.
- Other areas of significant progress also include information and communication technology (ICT); provision of essential drugs including antiretroviral drugs (ARVs); cessation of the use of ozone depleting substances (ODS)
- The unfinished agenda of MDGs lingers in the form of: weak economic performance, high income poverty, the need for agrarian reform following the land reform, high maternal mortality, high HIV prevalence, the need for sustainable provision of essential drugs, food insecurity, gender equality gaps particularly in the economy and in decision making, water and sanitation needs, and inadequate environmental management.