SDC in Zimbabwe
Four years after the collapse in 2008 the country is slowly lifting itself up and out of the economical, political and social crisis. Although the situation remains fragile and Zimbabwe continues to face numerous important challenges, the transition is ongoing and the needs clearly shifting from being humanitarian to longer term development cooperation.
Responding to the acute crisis in 2008, SDC was focusing on water and sanitation to combat the cholera epidemic, supporting food assistance and engaging in the protection of the most vulnerable. An office in Harare was opened the same year.
In the meantime, SDC shifted its activities towards more development oriented approaches. While the regional focus remains on Food Security and Health-HIV/Aids, SDC maintains a special humanitarian capacity in Zimbabwe as well as a specific focus on Water, Sanitation and Protection of vulnerable populations.
To further strengthen the transitional process SDC is in the process to engage in three pooled funds: the Child Protection Fund, the Rehabilitation of Rural Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Fund and the Health Transition Fund.
The overall portfolio of SDC funded projects (direct, bilateral, and multilateral including pooled funds) in Zimbabwe turns around CHF 17 million per year. Currently over 50% of the portfolio are development projects.