Protection of Orphans and Vulnerable children in Zimbabwe

Project completed

The project aims at strengthening the social protection systems in Zimbabwe in order to reduce widespread household poverty, provide for basic needs, and give care and support to the most vulnerable children, in particular those affected by HIV/AIDS. Zimbabwe being currently in a process of transition and recovery, Switzerland has chosen to participate in a trust fund managed by UNICEF, to avoid disbursements or procurements through the (still weak) government system.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Zimbabwe
Primary health care
01.12.2012 - 30.06.2016
CHF 10'000'000
Background

Zimbabwe is on a recovery path following a decade long economic and social deterioration that also eroded public services and culminated in a severe humanitarian crisis with widespread food shortages and a cholera epidemic. Today, an estimated 3 million children live below the food poverty line, suffer from severe deprivations and are affected by HIV/AIDS. As a result of the social effects of HIV/AIDS, many affected children are highly vulnerable as they are likely to be victims of abuse, drop out of school and lack access to basic services.

Objectives

Re-establish social protection schemes which ensures that by 2020 all children in Zimbabwe live in a safe, secure, and supportive environment that is conducive to child growth and development.

Target groups

The direct beneficiaries will be:

  • 55,000 ultra poor and labor constraints households
  • 525,000 children accessing basic services in Zimbabwe.

Medium-term outcomes

The most vulnerable households have reduced poverty levels and the children have access to improved child protection services that enable them to secure their basic rights

Results

Results from previous phases:  

During the first six months of the Fund (09.11-03.12), without funding from SDC:

  • 7,098 children have benefitted from free support and care (exceeding by far the 25,000 children per year that were planned)
  • ash transfers were disbursed to 18,940 targeted households


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Legal Resources Foundation, Child Protection Society, Family Support Trust (FST), AFRICAID, Childline, Concern World Wide, World Education International, JF Kapnek Trust


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   10'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   9'900'000
Project phases Phase 2 01.07.2016 - 31.12.2020   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.12.2012 - 30.06.2016   (Completed)