Between a stagnating economy and strong conflicts between different groups in society, Zimbabwe has been through great challenges in the last decade. Since 2009 the two biggest parties run the country jointly in a coalition government. While this development has been positive and many people are better off since 2008 when the country was marred by hyper inflation, a cholera epidemic and outbursts of violence, there are still great obstacles to economic recovery and political stability.

In 2009 NIR initiated cooperation with the four largest business organisations in Zimbabwe. The long term objective of the programme is to support the private sector in becoming a driving force for economic recovery and continued economic development in the country.

The programme in Zimbabwe largely consists of educational initiatives. Through these the programme supports the business community in positively influencing the economic framework of the country so that reconstruction is characterised by knowledge of sound economic principles, market economy and respect for democracy and human rights.

Since 2009 a number of study visits have also been organised, for instance, a group of Zimbabweans have travelled to Sweden to study Swedish labour market structures.

The international importance of Zimbabwe is on the rise, especially within the mining and agricultural sectors. The standard of Zimbabwe’s infrastructure is reasonably good, but Zimbabwean companies need technical support, innovation, new technology and supplies from foreign companies to be able to rebuild the economy.

If you want to know more about our work in Zimbabwe, Please contact: Alessandra Cornale