Enhancing Development Partnership in Zimbabwe

May 6, 2015

(l-r) Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa; UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Bishow Parajuli; EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Phillippe Van Damme; and US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, David Bruce Wharton at the Development partners meeting in Harare

The Government of Zimbabwe with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) convened a high level Development Partners stakeholder meeting aimed at reinforcing development partnerships in Zimbabwe. The meeting was held in Harare on 6 May 2015.

In his key note address at the meeting, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon Patrick Chinamasa said, “A well-coordinated and effectively managed external assistance framework is of vital importance in complementing Government efforts to realize Zim Asset objectives. We desire that all development grant flows are channeled towards supporting the achievement of our national development priorities, as articulated in the Zim Asset”.

On behalf of the UN System, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bishow Parajuli said, “Aid coordination is a critical component of development cooperation, which plays a crucial role in resource allocation to priority sectors and achieving better development outcomes”. “This is particularly important given the prevailing economic challenges such as limited fiscal space, liquidity crunch as well as the challenges in improving health, food and nutrition security, and creating jobs”.

Noting the elimination of poverty and achieving inclusive economic growth and development as national development priorities, the Permanent Secretary to Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Willard Manungo said, “External assistance in the form of grants and loans is critical to help augment our own resources in these development goals”.

The Development Partners stakeholder meeting appreciated the changing dynamics of the global economy, the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and noted on the need to broaden development cooperation and partnerships for better development results. The meeting further appreciated the engagement called by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to effectively implement national aid coordination architecture in Zimbabwe; and discussed on enhancing development partnership.

During the high-level panel discussion, Ambassadors of the EU and Brazil, as well as the UNICEF and African Development Bank Representatives emphasized on the need to prioritize support in addressing the challenges in the social sectors, high levels of poverty, job creation and enhancing the agricultural sector, in line with the Government’s development agenda – Zim Asset.  In order to sustain development cooperation and partnership between the Government and development partners, it was agreed to continue such engagement periodically to ensure mutual transparency and accountability.

According to Official Development Assistance estimates of 2012 Zimbabwe received USD 1.2 billion in a form of development grant, of which 42% was channeled through the United Nations. Through the 2012-2015 Zimbabwe United Nations Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF), the United Nations, with support from Development Partners, has been delivering approximately USD 400 million annually contributing to the reduction of maternal mortality by one third, doubling immunization to 69%, reducing HIV transmission from mother to child by more than half to under 9%, and maintaining of primary school enrollment at 97.6%.

Building on the success of and lessons from the current ZUNDAF, the Government, the UN and Development Partners have developed a 2016-2020 ZUNDAF with a projected budget of USD 1.6 billion to complement Zim Asset in contributing towards addressing food and nutrition security; poverty and value addition; HIV and AIDS, gender equality and women’s empowerment; social services and protection; and public administration and governance.

The meeting was attended by over 120 senior officials from the Government, the United Nations, Diplomatic Corps and Development Partners.

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