Diakonia - People change the world


Together with our partner organizations, Diakonia promotes peace and security, human rights, democracy and gender equality in Zimbabwe.

11/25/2014 Publisher: Philemon Jazi

Widespread insecurity and poverty

Zimbabwe has a population of 13 million people (2012). With a rather homogenic ethnic composition, a relatively well educated people and fertile soil, Zimbabwe has for years possessed one of the region's most diversified and functional economies.

However, due to bad governance and deep political divides, many of the Zimbabwean people, in particular women and children, suffer from widespread insecurity, poverty and lack of employment. The economic situation is however steadily improving; the public health and educational systems are back on track, even if there is a far way to go before all Zimbabweans have access to these basic rights.

Peace building and conflict resolution

Diakonia has supported partner organizations in Zimbabwe since the year 2000. The focus during this time has been on strategic peace building where local organizations are supported to actively contribute to conflict resolution and peace building by being a part of the solution. Special emphasis is put on the rights of women and girls.

Awareness rising and human rights

Diakonia's work is carried out through networking, promoting education and awareness rising on democratic values and human rights, as well as self-organization and the participation of marginalised groups in decision making processes. Diakonia also supports local organizations to enable them to carry out training regarding conflict prevention, mediation and reconciliation.

Diakonia supports on many levels

Diakonia supports civil society organizations in order for them to achieve changes and improvements on different levels: on grassroots level within local communities; on national level through organizational capacity building and by publicly advocating for policy changes; on regional level by facilitating networking amongst partner organizations, various think tanks and institutions; and on international level through European networks carrying out advocacy towards the European Union.

Read more about our work in Zimbabwe