Sweden and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an US$8 million grant to boost the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund established to capacitate vulnerable communities to protect development gains in the face of global climatic changes.
The fund was set up in 2016 with a total budget of US$70 million mobilised by the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom Department of International Development (UK-DFID), and prioritises 21 vulnerable districts in the country.
Sweden Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sofia Callport told the ZBC News after the signing ceremony of the US$8 million Zimbabwe Resilience Building Grant that resilience lies at the heart of Sweden’s new five year strategic commitment to Zimbabwe in fighting poverty, environmental degradation and ensuring absorptive capacities in the face of climate change.
UNDP Resident Representative, Bishow Parajuli hailed Sweden for coming on board to support the fund which he said has so far benefited about 407 000 vulnerable people in rural districts.
With resources permitting, the fund is now targeting about 1 million people in rural areas from the 800 000 the fund initial targeted.
The nine districts that are currently benefiting from the fund are Binga, Umzingwane, Kariba, Mwenezi, Mbire, Umguza, Bubi, Nkayi and Chiredzi.