9 May 2018
SWEDEN’S ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sofia Calltorp, yesterday signed a Green Enterprise Business Development Programme (EBDP) 2018-2020 partnership with We Effect – a self-help organisation targeting women and men living in poverty.
The programme worth USD$3, 6 million is aimed at helping women in the rural areas to participate in internal savings and income generating activities.
“This new support will build on the solid foundation of the successes of the previous programmes of We Effect supported by Sweden.
“Through these programmes more than 60 000 rural people, mainly women, were mobilized to participate in internal savings and income generating activities through development of both agriculture and non-agriculture enterprise.
“The green jobs aspect of the intervention resonates with Sweden’s new strategy for development co-operation for Zimbabwe 2017-2021,” Calltorp said.
We Effect will be embarking on this project with three other partners, Jekesa Pfungwa Vulingqondo, Self Help Development Foundation and Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau.
Nine districts have been selected for this programme, including Gweru, Mutare, Seke and Gwanda.
The ambassador revealed that Swedish overall development assistance to Zimbabwe is about USD$50 million a year over five years.
She added that they have been focusing on enriching the livelihoods of women and youths and sustainable solutions.
“As Ambassador of Sweden, I am very proud about this renewed partnership with We Effect; we look forward to the positive results and impact of the project.
“We Effect is a Swedish development cooperation organisation that works on the principle of self-help targeting women and men living in poverty.
“Their vision is a sustainable and just world free from poverty and they work in 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Southern and Eastern Africa,” she said.
We Effect has been in Zimbabwe since 1984 and the ambassador said their past success stories with the organisation have led them to yet another partnership.