2. Pro-Poor Sustainable Growth and Economic Development

In the last decade, Zimbabwe has experienced significant economic decline, which led to rising levels of poverty, unemployment and underemployment. Poverty has worsened the country's human development index, which has fallen by 12 percent from 0.468 in 1995. This has rendered Zimbabwe in the low human development category. This was mainly driven by the contraction of indicators on income, poverty and health.

Tackling these challenges and ensuring economic growth and development requires a multifaceted approach that combines both macro-and-micro-economic interventions and addresses both the quantity and quality of employment and economic growth. 

In order to promote pro-poor, sustainable growth and economic development and support Zimbabwe in achieving its national development goals, the United Nations in Zimbabwe has articulated its support around three main outcomes:

  1. Enhanced economic management and pro-poor development policies and strategies;

  2. Increased access to livelihoods and decent employment opportunities especially for youths and women;

  3. Improving generation and utilisation of data for policy and programme development and implementation by government and other partners.

These outcomes will contribute to progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically MDG 1: eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

The absence of key statistics on the economy, employment and poverty has hindered effective policy formulation and implementation of programmes. To address this challenge, the UNCT will support with the timely production and dissemination of relevant data for evidence-based policy and decision-making.

Furthermore, the UNCT will make deliberate efforts towards tackling poverty in all its dimensions in support of the 2011-2015 Medium Term Plan (MTP) while creating economic opportunities for the most vulnerable groups of society, especially women, youths and people living with disabilities.

Development aid will be required for the achievement of robust economic recovery and growth. The UN will seek to mobilise approximately USD 35 million for the next four years to support poverty, economic and employment programmes.