In Depth

Market Fair in Harare
The UNDP supported Market Fair's helped women and youth from rural and peri urban areas exhibit their products and find urban markets.

UNDP advocates for nationally-owned solutions and helps to make them effective through ensuring a greater voice for poor people, expanding access to productive assets and economic opportunities, and linking poverty programmes with countries' international economic and financial policies. At the same time, UNDP contributes to efforts at reforming trade, debt relief and investment arrangements to better support national poverty reduction and make globalisation work for poor people.

UNDP's work in poverty reduction in Zimbabwe is governed by several international frameworks such as the Millennium Declaration, the MDGs, and the International Development Goals. The core services focus on three main areas, namely strategies and policies for poverty reduction; inclusive globalisation; and support for MDG-aligned national development strategies.

In addition, capacity building remains central to UNDP's work.  Efficiency service delivery within the civil servants and the public sector is central for effectiveness through our various programmes.  Our core services to support national efforts to reduce poverty and inequities involve: policy advice and technical support; strengthening capacity of institutions and individuals; advocacy, communications, and public information; promoting and brokering dialogue; and knowledge networking and sharing of good practices.

Taking the MDGs as our development vision and their localisation as a strategy for poverty reduction, the Country Office will endeavour to;

  1. Facilitate pro poor policy dialogue and formulation at national level through strengthening of MDG based policy formulation, planning, monitoring and reporting at all levels
  2. Continue to support the MDG- based national poverty reduction strategy; the Zimbabwe Economic Development Strategy (ZEDS)
  3. Enhance the Integration of Gender and HIV and AIDS into the national development policy frameworks through the national budget and all sector strategies and policies.
  4. Promote and advocate for the human development paradigm through support to the regular production of National Human Development Reports (NHDRs) on contemporary thematic issues
  5. Strengthen national information systems for MDG- based and evidence- based policy formulation and development planning in order to develop a comprehensive poverty monitoring system. This will include support to the transformation of the Central Statistical Office (CSO) into an autonomous National Bureau of Statistics
  6. Support community based livelihoods recovery programmes and vocational skills training
  7. Support dialogue between Government, civil society organisations (CSO), labour, business and the donor community towards consensus building on macroeconomic development challenges facing the country
  8. Support the formulation and implementation of policies and regulations supportive of strong macroeconomic frameworks, equitable trade and sustained growth led by effective public- private sector partnerships
  9. Support capacity building for skills development and retention and institutional building for effective and efficient service delivery within the civil service and the public sector