Zim, partners launch development policy pillars


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  • Pillars strengthen Zimbabwe’s Development Cooperation Architecture
  • EU, UNDP offer technical, financial support

By Conrad Mwanawashe

ZIMBABWE has launched three important pillars in line with the Development Cooperation Policy which seeks to ensure that development assistance is coordinated, harmonised, focused on results, aligned to national priorities, and promotes use of country systems as outlined in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said the three crucial issues in the strengthening of Zimbabwe’s Development Cooperation Architecture, namely the Development Projects Management Information System (DEVPROMIS), Sector Working Groups (SWGs), and the 4th Round Monitoring Exercise for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), are platforms for dialogue for engagement with all key stakeholders from technical to policy levels.

“All the three processes speak to our Development Cooperation Policy which I launched in October 2020. You will agree with me that there can be no meaningful and sustainable development in the absence of strong multi stakeholder partnerships,” said Prof Ncube while addressing stakeholders at the launch, in Harare, Thursday.

Prof Ncube said the Development Cooperation Policy provides for the establishment of the Development Projects Management Information System (DevPromis), a web-based system for reporting, tracking and monitoring all development projects funded by both the Government and Development Partners.

Moreover, the Policy adopts a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) to the coordination and management of development assistance in Zimbabwe, setting a foundation for strengthened dialogue between Government and its Development Partners, through the establishment of Sector Working Groups in the different sectors of our economy.

“We believe that through effective dialogue, we can strengthen our partnerships, and subsequently work towards our development aspirations together. This is why Government has enrolled to the 4th Monitoring Exercise for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The Monitoring exercise seeks to maximise the effectiveness of all forms of co-operation for the shared benefit of the people, planet, prosperity and peace,” he said.

Sector Working Groups (SWGs)

The success of the development cooperation architecture is hinged on functional Sector Working Groups co-chaired by Government and Development Partners.

Thus, Government has identified and adopted nine (9) Sector Working Groups (SWGs) as follows:

  • Economic Growth & Stability;
  • Governance;
  • Land Tenure, Compensation of Former Farm Owners & Resolution of BIPPAs;
  • Health & Wellbeing;
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH);
  • Disaster & Risk Management;
  • Food and Nutrition Security (FNS);
  • Human Capital Development & Innovation; and
  • Infrastructure & Utilities.

UNDP Zimbabwe Resident Representative, Dr Ayodele Odusola said the UNDP sees Sector Working Groups as a tool to operationalise the Development Cooperation Policy.

“Starting in 2023, our support for SWGs has become more focused on the 3 SWGs that form part of the structures of the Structured (Debt) Dialogue Platform, that is, the Economic, Governance, and Land SWGs. In addition to technical support for all SWGs, UNDP also co-chairs the Land SWG with OPC and the Swiss Ambassador and also provides financial support for the same exercise,’ said Dr Odusola.

Development Projects Management Information System (DEVPROMIS)

The hardware is housed at the National Data Centre at the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services.

The System is now fully established and went live in May 2023. All end users (government and development partners) were trained on use of the system, and already 240 development partner funded projects have been uploaded in the system.

“Thus, the system improves the coordination and management of development assistance through information sharing and enhanced monitoring and evaluation of all development projects. The DevProMIS also provides a database of all public investment projects and online project appraisal, thereby shortening project gestation period as well as, expedite the implementation of projects,” said Prof Ncube.

4th Round Monitoring Exercise for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).

The third process launched by the minister relates to the assessment of government’s partnerships with key stakeholders.

“The Monitoring Exercise, thus is an inclusive multi-stakeholder partnership which aims to assess the quality and effectiveness of all forms of partnerships and co-operation in a country. Globally, it is coordinated by the OECD – UNDP Joint Support Team which assists countries to carry out the assessment,” said Prof Ncube.

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