Partnership for Building Urban Resilience in Zimbabwe

  • Covid-19 recovery and resilience building: entrepreneurship and innovative E-solutions for resilient urban food supply chains in Zimbabwe - supported by Russia
  • Building Covid-19 Resilience in Urban Informal Food Markets in Zimbabwe - supported by UNDP Rapid Financing Facility
  • Empowering Women through Safe, Resilient, Gender Responsive Food Markets and Systems in Response to Covid 19 in Zimbabwe - implemented jointly with UN Women and ILO with support from UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Covid-19 Response


Urban Resilience programme had started as a partnership between Ministry of Local Government, UNDP and UNICEF in 2018 with an objective of identifying pathways for building resilience of vulnerable urban populations to socio-economic and environmental shocks and stresses through improved basic social services delivery, local economic development and improved knowledge of urban systems. Currently it is being guided by Urban Resilience Systems Analysis and Urban Resilience Roadmap that was developed in 2019 by global independent consultancy Ove Arup.

In 2020, due to the fact that the programme has already been operating in urban hotspots for cholera and typhoid and supporting vulnerable informal groups, a large portion of activities was fast reprogrammed to mainstream covid-19 prevention measures in high density urban areas, as well support markets rehabilitation and informal vendors whose livelihoods have been affected by Covid-necessitated lockdown measures. To further support the Covid socio-economic response and recovery, additional resources have been availed through the Russian Federation, UNDP Rapid Financing Facility (RFF) and UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Covid-19 Response (with joint interventions with UN Women and ILO).

The specific objective of the initiative is to establish resilient and safe food supply chains in 5 major cities that can withstand COVID-19 whilst facilitating green recovery of the SMMEs and youth entrepreneurship. Harnessing on the use of digital innovations and green interventions, and working with government, local authorities and selected private sector, the projects will directly support the food supply chain. Through a set of interventions that include infrastructure rehabilitation that incorporate green principles, reorganising supply including decongestion, capacity building for local authorities to enable them to roll out guidelines for safe markets and entrepreneurship support to SMMEs and youth, the projects seeks to sustain safe economic activity in this supply chain, safe access to food and facilitate strategies that make the food supply chain emerge better from the pandemic and contribute to resilient livelihoods.

The projects are anchored within Partnership for Urban Resilience Programme which has been implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works since 2018 and builds on already ongoing work of partner NGOs, as well as synergies with UNICEF Urban WASH Resilience.


Urban Resilience Systems Analysis

The causes of urban challenges are complex: some are generated within the urban fabric of Zimbabwe, while other depend from national – or even international – circumstances, as well as being rooted in…  



Project start date:

July 2018

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Zimbabwe

    Implementing partner:

    Local Gov, Public Works, Nat H

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Mptfo-un Covid-19 Response & Recovery Fund
  • Government Of Russian Federation
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $410,179

    2020 $616,252

    2019 $18,237

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