ActionAid works with poor people in over 40 countries across the world. Our goal? To end poverty. We believe in doing things differently. We know that with the right opportunities, poor people will find their own solutions - and build new lives.
In Zimbabwe AAI, started as a small HIV and AIDS Project (Strategies for Action) in 1999 under the then Harare based AAI Regional Office, becoming a programme under AAI’s Southern Africa Partnership Programme in 2003 and a standalone country programme in 2006. In 2010, ActionAid International Zimbabwe (AAI Zimbabwe) merged with the Danish Association for International Co-operation, MS Zimbabwe whose focus was on building local democracies, to become one organization.
AAI Zimbabwe is now a full country programme and is increasing its presence in Zimbabwe through enhanced support to women, youth and children in selected LDPs and communities. AAIZ is scaling up and deepening the integration of the human rights based approach, including advocacy and campaign activities in its work at local and national levels. To date AAI Zimbabwe works with eight (8) community based organisations (CBOs) to implement a 10 year International Child Sponsorship Programme which started in 2006.
Local Rights Programmes (LRPs)
To date AAI Zimbabwe works with eight (8) CBOs to implement a 10 year International Child Sponsorship Programme which started in 2006. The organisation has set up LDP structures in Makoni, Chiendambuya, Saunyama, Nyazura Nyamaropa and Nyanga in Manicaland, Hwedza in Mashonaland East and Nkayi in Matabeleland North. The purpose of setting up LDPs structures is to consolidate AAI Zimbabwe activities and increase impact in Zimbabwe.
Project based programmes
AAI Zimbabwe is working with 15 project based partners comprising CBOs and nationally based organisations on promoting transparency and accountability within local government and corporate structures, the empowerment of women and youth, conflict resolution, peace building and trade justice. The project based partners reach to more disadvantaged communities in Manicaland, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Midlands, Harare and Mashonaland Central Provinces.
Child sponsorship contributes 40% of the total income for the Country Programme. Sponsorship funds are raised through linking children in LDPs with sponsors in the northern countries. Examples of child sponsorship funding countries include Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Australia and Sweden. About 60% of AAI Zimbabwe resources are derived from institutional donors, individuals, trustees and foundations. The following is the list of AAI Zimbabwe’s various funding sources:
- Regular Giving (Child sponsorship)
- European Commission
- Netherlands Institute Zuidejik Africa (NIZA)
- ActionAid Denmark (Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) Self Financing Project)
- Charitable Foundation?
- Government of Netherlands
- Katherine Friss Foundation
- European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)