Swedish Embassy offers humanitarian assistance to Mberengwa

By William Milasi

The Swedish Embassy in Zimbabwe is offering humanitarian assistance to Mberengwa.

Mberengwa is one of the country’s 18 districts which are beneficiary to a USD $115 million windfall from the donor community under the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF).

Swedish Embassy National Programme Officer for Environment, Climate Change, Resilience and Renewable Energy in Harare Gareth Horsfield, in an interview said the funding which is bankrolled by various donor communities in aimed at empowering communities so as to build resilient communities in the face of climatic changes.

 “ZRBF is the largest multi-donor trust fund in Zimbabwe, funded to the tune of USD$115 million by Sweden, UNDP, DFID, the EU and the Danish Government,” Horsfield said.

“At present the programme has well over 1 million beneficiaries, with activities tailor made to fit the context of specific wards and districts,” he said.

He further highlighted that before the program was started a hazard mapping of every ward in the country was carried out and this helped to determine the prioritized districts.

The program has been running for 5 years now and is set to end in 2022, though there are hopes that the program will continue if funding allows.

“To date Sweden has contributed SEK 120 million. SEK 15 million has been added recently to install and rehabilitate 532 boreholes across the 18 districts, the aim is to provide clean water to approximately 160 000 households.

“In 2019, the Embassy contributed humanitarian funding to World Food Program with the aim of specifically targeting ZRBF districts,” he said.

In Midlands, Mberengwa which is one of the districts under ZRBF received funding from Sweden.

“Based on the need, it was decided that our humanitarian funding would go to Mberengwa. Whilst our humanitarian Funding from DFID, the EU and the US went to all remaining districts in the country, targeting about 5, 3 million people in total,” he said.

The program is made up by seven consortia (international and Local NGOs, academia and the private sector) and these are overseen by the Program Management Unit at UNDP.

The aim of the program is to build adaptive, absorptive and transformative capacities of smallholder households to withstand shocks such as drought and macro-economic instability.ded that labour disputes must be dealt with, within the confines of the law.

” For a long time , the union  has queried the Chinese’s sincerity as investors in this country as they have proven beyond doubt that besides mistreating their workers they are also certified looters and ‘bloody’ with very little of their investment benefiting the country,” he let rip before adding that the miners are consulting structures on the way forward,” with the objective of mobilizing its members to voice their concern collectively against such acts of abuse of mineworkers by Chinese employers countrywide.”

Chinhema  further argued that its saddening that the government seems to treat these Chinese employers with kid gloves while other countries such as Zambia has deported those found to be ill-treating  and abusing its citizens especially workers in their mining and construction sectors.

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