Implementing partners




We work mainly with the Government of Zimbabwe with whom we have signed a Basic Cooperation Agreement. Our programme priorities are shaped by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF’s Medium Term Strategic Plan, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation, various sector plans, and the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework which frames the larger partnership between the Government and United Nations agencies operating in Zimbabwe.

Our primary partner in the health programme is the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

The Health Development Fund (HDF), which UNICEF manages, is the coordinating mechanism for all partners supporting reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). Co-chaired by the Ministry of Health and a development partner, the HDF is a pooled funding mechanism through which financial and technical support is provided to RMNCH programmes.

Food and Nutrition Security Committees at national and sub-national levels are the primary coordinating mechanisms in nutrition. Chaired by the Office of the President and Cabinet, members are drawn from 10 Government Ministries. The World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are key UNICEF strategic partners, and the SUN network provides additional opportunities for

scaling up nutrition implementation.

Our main partners in the WASH programme include the inter-ministerial National Action Committee which brings together all the main Government Ministries and departments in WASH coordination and oversight. Key ministries include the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate (MoEWC), Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing (MoLGPWNH) and MoHCC, as well as the parastatal District Development Fund and Zimbabwe National Water Authority, and local (urban and rural) authorities. Other partners include the World Bank and the African Development Bank, major civil society groups, other UN agencies and key sector donors.

In the education sector, key strategic outcomes are primarily achieved through partnership with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Partnerships with major bilateral donor partners, the Education Coalition of Zimbabwe and, various national and international NGOs are equally important. At a strategic level, UNICEF maintains important partnerships with the main sector coordinating mechanisms, the Education Coordination Group, and the steering committee of the Education Development Fund, which UNICEF manages.

Strategic interventions across the wide range of child protection interventions in family and community strengthening, and child-focussed social welfare and justice systems, are driven largely by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare and Ministry of Justice, Parliamentary and Legal Affairs. This partnership extends to the Judicial Services Commission and Legal Aid Directorate, the comparatively new Department of Child Welfare and Probation Services, the Council of Social Workers, and Government’s Victim Friendly System. The Child Protection Fund, which UNICEF manages, enjoys partnerships with key donors, the World Bank and other UN agencies, and a range of international and national NGOs.

In social inclusion, UNICEF enjoys key partnerships with the Ministry of Finance and the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, and, crucially, the Office of the President and Cabinet. These are especially important in areas of strategic planning and social policy development for children, including building the national evidence base and sector-based Ministries’ management information systems and their improved integration.

Strategically, this also requires partnerships with media networks, NGOs, line Ministries – including the Ministry of Youth, Indigenization and Empowerment – and development working groups in the improved usage of data and knowledge. Increased focus on child-sensitive budgeting and rights-based advocacy open further such opportunities. Support for sector development funds and in research and reporting capacities on effective funds utilisation emphasises the parallel importance of the wider UN system at country level and IFIs (World Bank and IMF) as essential partners in tackling equity-based child development priorities.

UNICEF remains committed to advancing emerging opportunities, particularly in areas such as sustainable development of WASH infrastructure, food fortification, innovative programming for adolescents and children, and youth engagement. Non-traditional areas such as youth skills development, youth employment creation, and diaspora engagement are also anticipated to provide opportunities for high impact Public-Private Partnerships.





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