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Key issues in EU-Zimbabwe relations

The establishment of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2009 provided a new impetus to enhance EU-Zimbabwe relations and political dialogue has since been re-launched. In July 2012, the application of the appropriate measures under Article 96 has been suspended with a view to demonstrate the Union's continued commitment to the Global Political Agreement process. This will allow the EU to work directly with the Government of National Unity and to develop new assistance programmes for the benefit of the people of Zimbabwe under the next European Development Fund.

Recent development assistance

Since the establishment of the Government of National Unity in 2009, the rate of EU assistance has increased considerably. The EU and its member states have provided USD 1 billion in development assistance to the people of Zimbabwe in the areas of food security and agriculture, social sectors and the promotion of governance.

 EU support to Zimbabwe was able to deliver the following achievements:

  • 22 million textbooks have been distributed through the Education Transition Fund (ETF) to all primary and secondary schools so that Zimbabwean children have books in all core subjects.
  • Over half a million orphans and vulnerable children are able to access primary education by having their school fees covered.
  • Availability of medicines and medical staff in health facilities across Zimbabwe has been improved.
  • Some 700,000 small scale farmers have been supported to improve productivity and sustainability in agriculture – benefitting millions of Zimbabweans in the rural areas.
  • Improved access to water and sanitation for more than 6 million people.
  • Processes and institutions of the Global Political Agreement supported, including the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC), Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) and the independent constitutional commissions.


For further details on projects and programmes in Zimbabwe financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe.

Other sources of information

Everything about trade and external relations in the ACP region can be found on the websites of the Directorate-General for Trade and the EU External Action Service. More information on EU relations with Zimbabwe is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe.

Last update: 09/01/2013 | Top