5. Access to and Utilisation of Quality Basic Social Services for all

During the past decade, Zimbabwe experienced socioeconomic difficulties which resulted in the deterioration of basic social services. Significant challenges were experienced in education, health delivery, water and sanitation (especially in urban and peri-urban areas), development within human settlements (including the provision of housing units), as well as social protection services.

In order to promote the access to and utilisation of quality basic social services for all and support Zimbabwe in achieving its national development goals, the United Nations in Zimbabwe has articulated its support around five main outcomes:

  1. Increased access to quality formal and non-formal education, training and life skills development;

  2. Access to and utilisation of quality basic health and nutrition services;

  3. Increased access to social protection for the most vulnerable households;

  4. Increased access to safe and adequate water supply, improved sanitation and hygiene services;

  5. Improved policies, planning, management and implementation of housing programmes.

This outcome will contribute to progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically MDGs 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7: eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; and ensure environmental sustainability, respectively.

To address this challenge, the UNCT will work towards building the capacity of Government to plan, lead, coordinate, and implement sector strategies. Support will also be rendered to Government towards putting in place a monitoring and evaluation plan with established benchmarks that will facilitate measurement of progress and sharing of knowledge, capitalising on existing sectoral and multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms.

The UN agencies will adopt joint programming initiatives to enhance the effectiveness of interventions and heighten their sustainable impact across all sectors. To support this area US$ 166.2 million will be required.