Partners on the ground
UNICEF works with over 150 Non Governmental organisations; the Government of Zimbabwe and the donor community to co-ordinate programmes which ensure a safe environment for children
Partnerships with NGOs
Unlike most country offices globally, UNICEF Zimbabwe works with approximately 150 Non Governmental Organisations in support of service delivery to the most vulnerable children and women. The Local Non Governmental Organisations continue to serve as the base on which UNICEF can respond to the needs of children on the ground. UNICEF works with different organizations that are closest to the young people, families and communities, facilitating their empowerment and ability to shape their development path.
Partnerships with children and young people
UNICEF recognises that the involvement and participation of Children and Young people in programmes that affect them, is central to the country’s recovery and development process. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of Children, UNICEF upholds that children, as human beings, are entitled to civil; political and social rights which allow them to contribute to the process of development taking place in their community
UNICEF has greatly depended on the voice; opinion and works of young people in programmes related particularly to HIV prevention; care and support. Through initiatives such as the Young People We Care (YPWC) programme, children and young people work with UNICEF through their community based organizations to try and respond to the challenges that HIV and AIDS have brought into their young lives.
Children and young people make up over 51% of the Zimbabwean population. The magnitude of their constituency warrants the creation of an environment that respects their insights; wishes and skills in any process of development that affects them and in the design of policies and agendas that affect their lives.
Partnerships for operational research
In setting of programming and intervention priorities, UNICEF is informed by well defined and accurate operational research processes carried out though strategic partnerships with the academia; researchers and implementers. Through rigourous monitoring and evaluation processes, UNICEF works with partners to build information about what works and does not work during programme life cycles and is also informed on how to serve the needs of Zimbabwe’s children better. At the end of the day, activities supported by UNICEF are informed and supported by evidence sourced from the ground.