Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa, bordered by Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west and Zambia to the north and northwest. The capital city is Harare and other major cities include Bulawayo, Gweru, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Masvingo and Mutare. The major ethnic groups are the Shona and Ndebele.

Zimbabwe made significant progress towards the Millennium Development Goal indicators throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, but the economic and humanitarian crisis of the last decade has stalled or in some cases reversed many of those gains. The UN Country Analysis Report for Zimbabwe August 2012 estimates that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by a cumulative 50.3 percent; official inflation peaked at 231 million per cent in July 2008; capacity utilisation in industry fell below 10 percent by January 2009; poverty remained widespread; infrastructure had deteriorated; the economy had become more informalised; and severe food and foreign currency shortages were experienced. As a result, the attainment of Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 has come under threat, and the country became increasingly reliant on humanitarian assistance for the provision of basic social services.

The post 2008 turnaround in the Zimbabwe economy is primarily the result of dollarization of the economy introduced by the Inclusive Government. There is strong potential for the country to regain its former position as a regional engine for growth, but the political situation, while stable at present, remains very uncertain.


Power’s work in Zimbabwe.

Power made a strategic decision to enter Zimbabwe as a programme country in 2009/10. We intend to support our strategic partner - the Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FODPZ) - to establish a long term integrated disability programme focusing on inclusive primary education, human rights, casework & litigation and finally economic empowerment.

We are currently working to set up an education programme in the country with our partner - Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association (ZPHCA).

To support programme design, POWER funded an extensive ‘Community Baseline Survey into the Needs of People and Children with Disabilities in Zimbabwe” (completed October 2011). This has formed the basis of our strategy with FODPZ. We are currently approaching donors and potential partners to support and deliver this work. More details will be posted up on our website soon.


Contact Information

  • E-mail:info@powerinternational.org
  • Telephone: 01494 614 604
  • Address: 2 Newmans Row, Lincolns Inn, Lincoln Road
    High Wycombe, HP12 3RE, UK

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