SDC in Zimbabwe
Switzerland started humanitarian operations in Zimbabwe in 2008 responding to a large cholera epidemic by providing emergency aid and logistical support. The overall goal of the Swiss Cooperation Programme for Zimbabwe 2023-2026 is to increase the well-being of the population of Zimbabwe and to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and other shocks, underpinned by citizen engagement and accountable and resilient public institutions. The bilateral cooperation programme is worth over US$60 million for the next four years.
Switzerland has directed efforts toward addressing pressing challenges in agriculture and food security, supporting projects that enhance farming practices, boost productivity, and ensure food security. The healthcare sector is also a priority, with projects aimed at improving access to quality healthcare services, addressing health disparities, and combating diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS. Governance and democracy initiatives aim to strengthen governance structures, promote democratic principles, and uphold human rights. Switzerland also supports private sector development projects to stimulate economic growth and create job opportunities, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In times of emergencies, Switzerland provides humanitarian assistance, aligning with the ‘leave no one behind’ principle of the 2030 Agenda, often collaborating with international organizations for a coordinated approach to Zimbabwe’s development challenges.