United Nations in Zimbabwe - Support to National Development Priorities (2012 - 2015)

The United Nations, under the 2012-2015 ZUNDAF, had planned to mobilise USD 1.48 billion in support of seven national development priority areas. Through the generous financial support from donors, USD 1.68 billion (13% over planned budget) was actually disbursed in development grants, contributing to the achievement of the national development priority areas highlighted below.

Download the UN Supported National Development ResultsI. Good Governance for Sustainable Development

  • A progressive and people driven constitution in place to enhance good governance, human rights and rule of law.
  • Court system expanded to under-served areas with minimum statutory guidelines required to dispense justice.
  • Zimbabwe fulfilled its obligations for six human rights state party reports including the Universal Periodic Review on human rights recommendations.
  • The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission established and functioning at central, provincial and district levels.

II. Pro-Poor Sustainable Growth and Economic Development

  • Proportion of people living below the Food Poverty Line reduced from 41.2% (2001) to 22% (2015).
  • Employment-to-population ratio grew from 78% (2011) to 80.4% (2014).
  • Major surveys and studies supported to generate new data and indicators for planning Zim Asset and the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF programmes.

III. Food Security at Household and National Levels

  • Supported more than 1.4 million (2011-2014) food insecure people across the country.
  • Under-five underweight kept in the moderate range of 10% (2011) and 11.2% (2014).
  • 158 dams and 58 weirs were created/rehabilitated to improve water sources and over 350 boreholes rehabilitated for improved crops and livestock productivity. 

IV. Sound Management and Use of the Environment, Natural Resources and Land for Sustainable Development

  • 440,000 food insecure people received food or cash-based assistance in exchange for participation in community asset creation projects.
  • The ratio of land area protected to maintain biodiversity remained constant at 13% (2000 to 2015).
  • 29 wetlands in Harare were gazetted and 7 wetland sites in Zimbabwe recognized by the International Convention on Wetlands.

V. Access and Utilization of Quality Basic Social Services For All

  • Completion rates rose from 76.4% (2012) to 77.3% (2014) for primary school and from 61.1% (2012) to 64.2% (2014) for secondary school.
  • A 1:1 pupil to textbook ratio achieved and maintained for over 2.5 million primary and secondary school children.
  • Skilled birth attendance increased from 60% (2009) to 80% (2014) and expected to reach the target of 90% by the end of 2015 (awaiting data).
  • 92% (2015) of health facilities now have adequate essential medicines as compared to 52% (2010).
  • Maternal mortality declined by more than one third from 960 deaths per 100,000 live births (2011) to 526 deaths per 100,000 live births (2012).
  • Use of improved sanitation facilities increased from 43% (2009) to 48% (2014) in rural areas.
  • Access to water supply increased from 73% (2009) to 76.1% (2014).

VI. Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment

  • New HIV infections fell from 2.63% (2000) to 0.49% (2015).
  • Mother to child transmission of HIV fell from 18% (2011) to 6.6% (2014).
  • Over 250,000 males circumcised to reduce HIV infection.

VII. Women Empowerment, Gender Equality and Equity

  • Gender parity in primary and secondary school achieved and maintained.
  • Women’s representation in parliament increased from 19% (2008) to 35% (2013) through the introduction of proportional representation.
  • A Gender Commission established with a constitutional mandate to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.