Entitled “Strengthening Citizens’ Actions Against Poverty,” the new strategy highlights ActionAid Zimbabwe commitment to further work on sustainable agriculture and climate change, governments and corporates account to citizens on service delivery (accountability), women’s rights focusing on addressing gender based violence (GBV) and sexual reproductive health. ActionAid Zimbabwe’s bulk of work will concentrate on women and the girl child.
Mr. Chikandiwa, Deputy Director of Community Services in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development (MWAGCD), officially launched the event on behalf of Oppah Muchinguri, the Minister of MWAGCD. In a speech read on her behalf Minister Muchinguri said: “ …I am happy to say that ActionAid Zimbabwe’s focus on putting women and girls at the centre of their work resonates with my Ministry’s agenda as guided by the National Gender Policy (2013-2017).”
On GBV, Minister Muchinguri said her ministry subscribed to the promotion of ZERO tolerance to GBV and she applauded ActionAid Zimbabwe for implementing programmes that are in line with both her Ministry and the national agenda at large.
The launch of the strategy took place at hotel in Harare between 1300 and 1700hrs and was marked by publicity across the major broadcasting corporation’s radio and TV stations in Zimbabwe throughout 6 November. The strategy launch attracted guests from other key ministries Agriculture and Mechanisation and Irrigation, Primary and Secondary Education and Health and Child Care.
Selected local government authorities (provincial and district administrators) from selected ActionAid Zimbabwe operational areas also graced the colourful occasion also attended by Chipawo’s Arts and Educations dance group and Jazz artist Victor Kunonga who provided entertainment. About 150 people attended the event which saw representatives from European Union, Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID), United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Norwegian Peoples’ Aid witnessing the launch).
Representatives from ActionAid Zimbabwe partners, the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) and like-minded organisations such as SAFAIDS, the University of Zimbabwe and the Catholic University were present.
AAI Head of Country Coordination – Africa Affiliates, Charles Businge, AAI head of Country Coordination for Africa Country programmes Olutayo Bankole- Bolawole, selected Country Directors from selected AAI and other AAI international secretariat members attended the event whose venue was decorated with ActionAid branded materials. Solidarity messages poured from the various stakeholders that attended the event while women groups from ActionAid Zimbabwe operational areas exhibited their goods on the side lines of the launch showcasing the impact of the partner work at community level.
ActionAid Zimbabwe Programme team members made presentations to elaborate on three strategic objectives of the five year strategic plan namely on 1: Promote improved livelihoods and enhanced land and natural resources for at least 40 000 rural smallholder producers (25 000 being women and 15 000 men) and their households. 2: Advance the influence of 153 000 adult women, young women and men, children and other people living in poverty in Zimbabwe to hold governments and corporates accountable. 3: Ensure that 300 000 women and girls break the cycle of violence and claim control over their bodies. The ActionAid Zimbabwe CSP was guided by emerging political and socio-economic context of Zimbabwe and the AAI Global Strategy, Peoples’ Action to End Poverty 2012-2017.
To achieve the objectives of the strategic plan, ActionAid will implement programmes using the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) which puts people living with poverty at the centre of implementing actions to reduce poverty. ActionAid Zimbabwe will work with over 23 community based organisations (CBOs) which will implement programmes, national NGOs, INGOs, networks and coalitions supporting people living in poverty.