Development Cooperation in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe achieved its independence in 1980. Norwegian People’s Aid has had a development programme in the country since 1983 after having played an active role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. The development programme is run by a programme manager from our office in Harare. Our humanitarian programme, however, which began in Zimbabwe in 2012, is run from the city of Mutare.
Norwegian People’s Aid collaborates with partner organisations at both local and national level in Zimbabwe, as well as at the regional level in southern Africa.
Our partner organisations represent different interest groups that are mobilising and organising in response to the socio-economic and political crisis in the country. Our work involves helping partners in their struggle for democratisation and the fair distribution of resources.
Norwegian People’s Aid supports the building and strengthening of popular organisations to enable people in local communities to improve their own lives. This means assisting our partners in such a way that they are able to have people from grass-roots level represented in important national processes whether, for example, this involves changes to the constitution or working for the right to organise. Norwegian People’s Aid also works to bolster partner organisations by strengthening their internal systems and structures. This helps improve our partners’ own capability to work against the authorities.
Landmine contamination in Zimbabwe is a result of its armed liberation struggle for independence, which was at its peak between 1975 and 1980. The impact of contamination in Zimbabwe is a social and economic, as well as humanitarian problem.