Zimbabwe - Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Oct 2021
Signature Date 15 Dec 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Jan 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 2,500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth (SEDWY) is Technical Assistance operation designed to provide specific support to Zimbabwean Women and Youth through the development of infrastructure and technology for the production, processing, storage, transport and marketing of fruits and vegetables, dairy production and processing capacitation of small scale and artisanal miners. Estimated at UA 2.75 million for a 4-year period, the project, will cover selected districts in Zimbabwe will be financed by the ADF (UA2.5 million grant) and Republic of Zimbabwe (UA 0.25 million) in kind. The project will also support the implementation of training, advisory and coaching activities for women and youth cooperatives and SMEs. The project targets women and youth in situations of economic vulnerability defined incomes below the total Consumption Poverty Line for Zimbabwe, which stands at about USD 100 per month.

Project Objectives

The Project Development Objective is to improve incomes and creation of decent jobs for women and youth in the horticulture, dairy and small-scale mining value chains through capacity development and access to markets. The specific project objectives are to: i) Improve women and youth entrepreneurs’ access to quality business development services and markets in the fruit, vegetable, dairy and artisanal and small-scale mining value chains; ii) Enhance access to demand driven technical and vocational skills to increase employability amongst youth (50% women) in the selected value chains; iii) improve regulation and beneficiation of the artisanal and small -scale mining sector.


The project interventions will benefit a total of approximately 100,000 people: across the value chain starting with youth in TVET education up to entrepreneurs and existing small-business owners. Beneficiaries include 3,000 youths that shall be accessing competence-based training program in entrepreneurship and business management at TVET level; 500 small traders trained and facilitated to access markets; facilitation of linkages for 500 stallholder farmers to supply to big local companies; capacitation of about 720 small scale miners in value addition and access to market; and 1000 young entrepreneurs equipped with business development skills to scale up their businesses.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZW-I00-002
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name NG'AMBI John
Email j.ng'ambi@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Zimbabwe
Coordinates Location Name
-20.08333 28.5 Bulawayo District
-16.80993 29.69247 Karoi
-19.85324 28.31408 Umguza District
-17.46615 32.29419 Mutoko District
-20.6 31.4 Masvingo Province