The EU supports Zimbabwean Children

Today, the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe signed a Euro 6 million (over US$ 8 million) Contribution Agreement with UNICEF to support Zimbabwean Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Ambassador Aldo Dell'Ariccia.
Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia.

In Zimbabwe the European Union provides direct aid to the population, through its support for agriculture, food security and social sectors, including health and education.

"This contribution expands upon the first Programme of Support to the National Action Plan (NAP) for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) that since 2007 has received Euro 10 million (over US$14 million) from the European Union. This aid was vital in protecting children and providing essential welfare support during the crisis in 2008 -9,'' said the Head of the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Aldo Dell'Ariccia.

Ambassador Dell'Ariccia added that over half a million OVCs have already received support through the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM), which was essential to keep them in school. The new Social Cash Transfer programme provides a promising new way to effectively channel assistance to Zimbabwe's children who are most in need of support.

This contribution is aimed at providing support to the most vulnerable portions of the Zimbabwean population, in particular its orphans and vulnerable children. The contribution will be pooled with other donor resources in the Child Protection Fund (CPF) managed by UNICEF, that finances and supports the Government of Zimbabwe's National Action Plan for Phase Two: 2011- 2015 (NAP II).

The project is part of the EU support in the context of the political dialogue between Zimbabwe and the European Union.

Contribution to the Child Protection Fund (CPF) € 6 million

The Child Protection Fund (CPF) is a multi-donor, multi-year funding mechanism for implementation of the NAP II; it finances specific interventions within the broad NAP II programme, in particular social cash transfers, child protection services and access to primary education through (BEAM).

Expected results from the CPF include:

• To increase the incomes of extremely poor households with orphans and other vulnerable children. The social cash transfer will be provided to eligible households and be inflation-indexed to the value of a minimum basket of needs. This will strengthen the purchasing power in the form of unconditional cash transfers to 55,000 'ultra poor', labour constrained households and establish a national social protection system of regular welfare payments.

• To enhance all vulnerable children’s access to effective child protection services, including social welfare and justice services.

• To facilitate improved access for orphans and other vulnerable children and their families to basic education. Through BEAM, primary school fees and levies will be covered in 2011 for around half a million orphans and other vulnerable children.

The CPF will also be supported with funding from EU Member States, including the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom and will be managed by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), working in close collaboration and in support of the Ministry of Labour and Social Services.

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