THE United Nations says it would have provided a total $430 million by the end of the year for various developmental projects in Zimbabwe, making the funding one of the world body’s biggest in Africa.
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This was said by the UN resident coordinator, Alain Noudehou, at the annual review meeting of the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) 2012-2015, held in Harare yesterday.
“In 2012, the UN agencies and programmes delivered $426 million in Zimbabwe in support of national priorities. In 2013, with the continued financial support from all development partners, the UN agencies are expected to deliver approximately $430 million by year end. This effectively makes the UN’s programme in Zimbabwe one of the biggest in Africa. It also speaks volumes about the quality of our collective engagement and commitment,” he said.
Noudehou added that last year, the UN was instrumental in facilitating development projects like provision of agricultural inputs to at least
80 000 households, vaccination of 1,9 million children, food assistance to more than 1,4 million people, supplying essential medicines to 90% of health facilities and supporting the constitution-making process.
Speaking at the same occasion, deputy chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Ray Ndhlukula called for the realignment of ZUNDAF to fit into the government-initiated Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), adopted by the Zanu PF government when it came to power after the elections in July.
“Since ZimAsset is the economic blueprint that is guiding the operations of government until 2018, there is need to align the ZUNDAF with ZimAsset to ensure that there is no programming disjuncture between government thrust and ZUNDAF,” he said.
Ndhlukula called on all stakeholders to find consensus on how the two programmes could be realigned.
“ZUNDAF is ending in 2015 and yet ZimAsset ends in 2018. Do we need to come up with a new ZUNDAF after 2015 whose cycle ends in 2020 or the current one should be extended to end in 2018 when the cycle for ZimAsset is also ending hence providing a complete alignment of the two in terms of their life cycles and programming activities?” Ndhlukula said.