Sub-Saharan Africa
Official name: 
Republic of Zimbabwe

Cash transfers and climate change resilience in Africa

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 18 studies conducted in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Brazil has found that overall only 10 of 21 interventions showed a reduction in GBV or in GBV-related attitudes. The systematic review also found the overall quality of research to be poor.The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women will experience GBV in their lifetime.


Cyclone Idai struck Zimbabwe in March 2019, causing extensive damage worth an estimated $622 million. Over 50,000 households were destroyed, directly affecting 270,000 people, including 60,000 who were displaced. Now, it is reported that up to $1.1 billion is needed to support Zimbabwe’s recovery and restore damaged infrastructure and livelihoods.


The potential for cash transfers to improve the livelihoods of children without parental care in Zimbabwe

By A Correspondent- Government will next week resume electronic cash transfers amounting to $40 million to more than 60 000 vulnerable households to cushion them against the current economic challenges and rising cost of living. The exercise, which is administered through the harmonised social cash transfer programme (HSCT), was discontinued a few years ago owing to cash shortages, reported the state media.


Retired couple Teddie and Vesta always imagined they would live out their golden years with dignity. A year ago Teddie's monthly pension was worth $80 (£66), it's now worth $10. "I would love to give him a banana, an orange or a cool drink. But we can't afford it. A banana costs $0.40." tells Vesta.


Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations, ZCIEA

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.


TREASURY has increased to ZW$1,135 billion its budget allocation for social safety nets to cushion vulnerable members of the public against drought-induced macro-economic challenges.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube revealed this yesterday while presenting his 2019 Mid-Year Budget Review Statement in Parliament. He said it was important that Government takes care of the less privileged so that they can withstand the prevailing economic hardships and drought. 


Over the past decade, more than a dozen government-run cash transfer programmes have been launched in sub-Saharan Africa as part of national social protection strategies. Recently there has been increased interest in examining whether such programmes reduce interpersonal violence, including between partners and against children. In this Research Brief we discuss different approaches that have been implemented in evaluations supported by the Transfer Project.


Preserving the family with child social protection in Zimbabwe