UNICEF is a United Nations agency mandated by the General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, help meet their basic needs, and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Founded in 1946 to provide emergency aid to children in the aftermath of the Second World War, UNICEF became a permanent member of the United Nations in 1953 and its mandate was extended indefinitely.
Over the years, UNICEF played a key role in expanding access to education, improving child survival, drawing global attention to the impact of war and conflict on children, and formulating international standards of behavior towards children, which culminated in the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly in 1989.
UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights. We work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe, with whom we have signed a Basic Cooperation Agreement, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), sister agencies of the United Nations, and the private sector to deliver much-needed assistance to children and women.
The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.
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