Zimbabwe - Youth and Women Empowerment Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 31 Oct 2016
Signature Date 16 Dec 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2022
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 3,410,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Youth Empowerment and Women's Empowerment Project (YWEP) is a response to the need to address the fragility that threatens Zimbabwe's development. The main drivers of fragility, as identified by the project, are: (i) inequalities between men and women, and youth unemployment and poverty; (ii) regional disparities in development; (iii) the lack of technical and commercial skills; and (iv) weak institutions and poor governance. The operation aims to ensure economic empowerment for economically vulnerable young people and women through the development of technical and commercial skills and the promotion of business creation in the horticulture value chain and other chains of food values. This project will contribute to capacity building for similar interventions in other fragile states, as well as to the accumulation of knowledge in the context of Zimbabwe, which will enable the African Development Bank to improve efficiency and effectiveness. the effectiveness of the aid it provides to the country. It will be implemented over three years, from January 2017 to December 2019. The components of the project are: (i) food processing and business creation; (ii) institutional capacity building; as well as (iii) support for project management.

Project Objectives

The overall development objective of the project is to contribute to improving the livelihoods of young people and women through the development of economic opportunities.


The direct beneficiaries of the project are mainly: (i) women and unemployed youth in five targeted districts in the country's 59 districts. The districts concerned are Beitbridge, Mutasa, Marondera, Lupane and Guruve. Globally, women and young people will benefit from training in business management and entrepreneurship and will have access to information on employment and also finance for SMEs; and (ii) 1,500 targeted women in all 10 provinces of the country will receive training on cross-border trade regimes. The 650,000 inhabitants of the targeted districts will all benefit indirectly from the project.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Zimbabwe
Ministère des Finances et du Développement économique


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZW-IE0-003
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

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

Geographic Location

Country Zimbabwe
Coordinates Location Name
-18.83608 27.99098 Lupane District
-21.89829 30.07409 Beitbridge District