SAfAIDS, through funding support from Irish Aid Zimbabwe is implementing a project titled, “Integrated Approach to HIV and Gender-based Violence (GBV) Prevention through Promoting Gender Transformation (GT) within Zimbabwe. The programme is going to build on the lessons learnt from the past three years with a shared commitment by both partners, SAfAIDS and Irish Aid to reduce the burden of HIV and GBV amongst vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.

From 2014 to 2016, SAfAIDS, with support from Irish Aid Zimbabwe, rolled-out two Phases of response. SAfAIDS implemented a 9-months programme 2014-2015 entitled: “Umbrella NGO Support to Irish Aid Zimbabwe Partner Organizations: Building Institutional Capacity and Technical Support for 2 local partners to deliver effectively on their mandates.”, and a 12 month programme entitled ““An integrated approach to HIV and GBV prevention through community resilience building in Zimbabwe” between 2015 -2016. Phase 1 (2014-15) focused on organisational development (OD) of 3 Irish Aid partners, and phase 2 (2015-16) focused on (i) Capacity strengthening through OD for NGOs and Irish Aid partners working in health and livelihoods; and (ii) Promoting integrated response to HIV and GBV prevention, and access to services, and community resilience building. Through the “I Know Campaign” in 2014, the program also catalysed women, adolescent girls and community member’s access to HTS information and services. Meanwhile, between June 2013 and July 2016, SAfAIDS South Africa received support from Irish Aid South Africa, to provide technical support to Irish Aid implementing partners in Limpopo Province, to strengthen knowledge levels and skills in engaging traditional leadership within an integrated GBV, HIV and TB prevention response. In the second phase of support, SAfAIDS South Africa built on gains made in strengthening the capacity of CBOs and local leadership, to advocate and mobilise for access to integrated GBV, HIV and TB services for community members, including key populations, such as men having sex with men and transgender persons. Learning from the 2 South African phases of implementation will also inform the proposed programme.

Project goal and objectives

The overall goal of the programme is: To contribute to the reduction of HIV and GBV impacting negatively on women’s health and wellbeing, through increasing gender transformation processes within communities in Zimbabwe by 2020.

The following specific objectives will contribute to the attainment of the project goal:

  • Objective 1: Consolidate organisational capacity of 5 local CBOs to sustain institutional strengthening skills gained during phase 1 and 2, by 2017.
  • Objective 2: Strengthen capacity and skills of 100 Local leaders as Gender Transformation Champions, and 180 young people as Youth 4 Gender Transformation (Y4GT) advocates, spearheading positive gender norms transformation in communities and greater access to essential health services by women and young people, in Zimbabwe by 2017.
  • Objective 3: Enhance livelihoods security of 50 households with vulnerable adolescent girls and women (AGYW), to reduce poverty and improve AGYW health outcomes, in Zimbabwe by 2017.