The Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund is a long-term development initiative with an overall objective of contributing to increased capacity of communities to protect development gains in the face of recurrent shocks and stresses enabling them to contribute to the economic development of Zimbabwe.

This objective will be reached through multi-stakeholder implementation of three interlinked multi-sectorial outputs, namely:


The definition of Resilience agreed for Zimbabwe is “the ability of at risk individuals, households, communities and systems to anticipate, cushion, adapt, bounce back better and move on from the effects of shocks and hazards in a manner that protects livelihoods and recovery gains, and supports sustainable transformation.” UNDP, 2015. Building Resilience in Zimbabwe: Towards a Resilience Strategic Framework

Application of evidence in policy making for resilience increased. This will mainly be done by setting up an independent base of evidence for programme targeting and policy making (including M&E) and promoting capacity assessment and building of central and local government partners to improve application of evidence

Absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of at-risk communities increased and improved. This will be pursued via the setting up of Multi Donor Fund which will allow partners to come together around the Resilience Framework and principles to improve adaptive, absorptive and to a certain extent transformative capacities of the targeted communities.

Timely and cost effective response to emergencies rolled out via existing safety net and other relevant programmes. Which will be achieved by setting up a risk financing mechanism which will provide appropriate, predictable, coordinated and timely response to risk and shocks to benefitting communities, from a resilience perspective.


The interventions are all aimed at achieving increased capacities of communities to withstand shocks and stresses. The Fund is also supporting national surveys critical for resilience programming such as livelihoods and vulnerability assessments, poverty surveys and agriculture related surveys.


The ZRBF is supported by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement (MLAWRR), The European Union (EU), The Embassy of Sweden, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

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