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Welcome! The World Bank In Zimbabwe
Mungai Lenneiye, World Bank Zimbabwe Country Manager

The World Bank office in Zimbabwe opened in 1980 with five core staff. In the following two decades, a development program spanning agriculture, health, education, social protection, private sector, transport, and energy sectors, among others, was launched.

 When Zimbabwe faced economic difficulties in 2000, the country went into non-accrual status, but the Bank maintained its presence in Zimbabwe and a reasonable level of dialogue continued.  Starting in 2008, the Bank provided a wide-range of support to the country using its own resources and by leveraging resources from other bi-lateral donors. The Bank used its own budgetary and internal trust fund resources to:  (i) contribute to improvement in productivity and food security of small poor farmers through two agricultural projects; (ii)  improve water supply and sanitation in a small town (Beitbridge);  (iii)  support the improvement of selected health services delivery; (iv) identify issues in women economic empowerment in three selected sectors – mining, agriculture and tourism;  (v)  pilot public work program in support of productive safety nets; (vi)  revitalize discussion on environment and natural resource management;  and (vi)  prepared several notes including growth recovery, revenue transparency and public expenditure that supported improvement in capacity of beneficiary government agencies. 

Using the Analytical Multi-Donor Trust Fund (A-MDTF) resources, the Bank was able to: (i) support the rebuilding of the knowledge base that is critical for policy formulation, planning, and identification of priorities;  (ii) provide the basis for dialogues on important economic issues and formulation of a common agenda, such as such as STERP; (iii) improve capacity, such as IFMIS/PFMS that resulted in decentralization of Financial Management to line ministries, which has resulted in increased financial management, accountability and transparency;   (iv) support the creation of baselines for selected important sectors of the economy, such as agriculture and social protection; and (iv) leveraged external resources for investment, such as computerization of the PFM.

The overall support of the Bank provided during this period resulted in improved knowledge base, the introduction of relevant policy and reform agendas into the policy debate, strengthening the capacity of government in critical economic development issues and in paving the way for full engagement

Going forward, in 2012-2013, the Bank will continue to build on its recent achievements and will focus on supporting Zimbabwe’s effort in: (i)  fostering an enabling environment for sustainable private sector-led growth through productive job creation and greater financial inclusion; (ii)  strengthening core systems for public management, including public financial management, civil service reform, and the regulatory environment for mineral wealth;  and (iii)  reducing vulnerabilities and improving resilience among urban and rural populations, including women and youth, through: strengthened national health and education systems; improved capacity for basic service delivery; and sustainable management of the environment and the natural resources.

Mungai Lenneiye, World Bank Zimbabwe Country Manager

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