In Zimbabwe, ActionAid began as a small HIV and AIDS Project (Strategies for Action) in 1999 under the then Harare based ActionAid International regional office, becoming a programme under ActionAid International's Southern Africa Partnership Programme in 2003 and then a standalone country programme in 2006.
In 2010, ActionAid Zimbabwe merged with the Danish Association for International Co-operation (MS Zimbabwe) - whose focus was on building local democracies - to become one organization.
ActionAid Zimbabwe is now a full country programme and is increasing its presence in Zimbabwe through enhanced support to women, youth and children. ActionAid Zimbabwe has a fairly big programme which constitutes work in Local Development Programmes (LDPs) in rural areas and donor funded projects in urban and peri-urban areas.
ActionAid Zimbabwe is scaling up and deepening the integration of the human rights based approach, including advocacy and campaigning activities in its work at local and national levels. It is currently working in partnership with 25 organisations which constitute community based organisations (CBOs) and nationally based organisations.
ACTIONAID ZIMBABWE FUNDING SOURCES
Child sponsorship contributes 56% 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, Brazil and Sweden. Our funding affiliates under Sponsorship Income are as follows:
1. ActionAid UK
2. ActionAid Greece
3. ActionAid Sweeden
4. ActionAid Italy
5. ActionAid Brazil
Donors About 44% of ActionAid Zimbabwe's resources are derived from institutional donors, individuals, trustees and foundations as follows:
- Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)- ActionAid Denmark
- Danish Television Show (DTV)- ActionAid Denmark
- Australian Aid- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- ActionAid Netherlands
- Department for International Development (DFID)
- Swiss Development Corporation (SDC)
- New Zealand Aid