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Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN)

  • Project Name:
    Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN)
    Institution :
    Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Center
    • Core Competence:
      Professionalisation of the Voices of the Private Sector & Civil Society
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Status :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    1 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    Established in 1990, the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre And Network (ZWCRN) is a non-Governmental organisation working on gender and development. In December 2005, the ACBF Executive Board approved a grant of US$ 1 million for three years to ZWCRN towards capacity building for effective advocacy, coordinated dialogue and partnership with Government and other stakeholders in gender equality. 

    Project Description:

    The overall goal of the project was to reduce gender inequalities and promote gender-sensitive development policies for poverty reduction and improvement of the welfare of women, men, girls and boys in Zimbabwe. 

    The specific objectives were to:

    1. Strengthen the institutional capacity of ZWRCN that will enable it to effectively and efficiently coordinate the implementation of the project and deliver the programs;
    2. Build the human capacity of all major stakeholders including Government technocrats, Members of Parliament, local authorities, civil society organizations in gender budgeting;
    3. Increase knowledge base on gender budgeting through economic research and dissemination of information on the effects of the budgets and socio-economic policies on women, men, girls and boys; and
    4. Promote effective participation of civil society organizations including women organization, the media, and gender researchers in influencing public policy and budget priorities through structured advocacy, coalition building and networking.

    The project had four components:

    1. Human capacity building
    2. Research and Publication
    3. Advocacy, Networking and Coalition Building
    4. Institutional Capacity Strengthening 


Thomas Kwesi Quartey

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H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

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H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

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Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

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Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

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Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana