Zimbabwe Project Trust is a Zimbabwean Non-Governmental Organization, established in London in 1978 by some exiled Zimbabweans with support from many clerics and missionaries of various structures within the Catholic Church. Special mention goes to the Catholic Institute for International Relations that assisted the organization to access funding. ZimPro, at that time, acted as an information center for the liberation war including supporting non-combatants outside Zimbabwe.
After independence, it opened offices in Harare and Bulawayo and commenced activities 1981, working with returning refugees, demobilized ex-combatants and other disadvantaged groups and individuals. Priority was given to ensuring smooth integration into society, which it di through its various humanitarian programmes. In the late 1980s, its work took a major shift from a channel for emergency and humanitarian aid by blending its activities with development work.
In order to remain relevant, organizational transformation continued by responding to emerging issues and community needs in the country. To date, ZimPro's existence is attributed to its response to the ever-changing Zimbabwean context, thereby significantly complimenting government efforts of promoting socio-economic growth and development.
Over the years, ZimPro gained valuable experience working with clubs/groups, co-operatives, communities and individuals on aspects of social grants, microfinance, emergency response, rehabilitation, social protection, food security, livelihoods, community mobilization & leadership training, water & sanitation, public health & hygiene, environmental management and advocacy.
In its current five year strategic plan (2012—2016), ZimPro prioritizes the following programme interventions.
- Internal Savings and Lending Schemes (ISALS)
- Entrepreneurship support and Income Generating Projects (IGPs)
- Micro- finance – both developmental and commercial
- Skills training
- Social transfers
- Marketing and markets
- Public Health & Hygiene Education (PHHE)
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)
- Safety, health and quality physical environment
- Appropriate technology.
- Conservation Farming or Agriculture
- Seed banks
- Livestock development
- Community, nutrition, market & Low Input Gardens
- Small irrigation schemes
- Markets and marketing
- Appropriate technology.
- Research and baselining
- Documentation and information dissemination
- Lobbying and advocacy
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
- Mainstreaming gender, HIV & AIDS around management and civic education
- Applying Sphere standards, Disaster Risk Reduction and management strategies & Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS)
- Prioritizing the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) benchmark 2, 3 & 5; i.e. information sharing, participation and complaints handling respectively.
We also promise to promote programmes and projects that change people's lives without leaving them worse off at the time of our exit. In addition, we aim to compliment donor funds with our own income that we generate internally. Our target is to finance at least 20% of our CORE/Admin costs annually using our own income.