Project Management Update from Harare

Project News from Zimbabwe



By Peter Banda

International Correspondent

Harare, Zimbabwe



USD$96.5 Million Zimbabwe Cyclone Idai Recovery Projects Rolled Out

World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Government have launched two (2) major Cyclone Idai recovery projects worth US$96.5, the mega-projects are aimed at restoring livelihoods and infrastructure development. The two projects namely the US$72 Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) is being funded by the World Bank while the US$24.5 million worth Post Cyclone Idai Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project (PCIREP) is funded by AfDB. The launch ceremony that was held in the capital Harare on 02 September 2019 was presided over by the Government of Zimbabwe, The United Nations Country team, foreign dignitaries, private sector partners, Civil Society Organisations, and Key development partners in Zimbabwe.

Both projects will be implemented by UNOPS working with other United Nations Agencies namely UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO. Ranier Frauenfeld, Director of the UNOPS Kenya Multi-Country Office said: “The UN in Zimbabwe is committed to supporting the recovery of communities affected by Cyclone Idai to ensure that Zimbabwe gets back on track with its development agenda. ZIRP and PCIREP represented a coordinated multi-sector response to this emergency that will build resilience and sustainability into the targeted communities.”

Cyclone Idai struck Zimbabwe in March 2019, causing extensive damage worth an estimated $622 Million. Over 50 000 households were destroyed, directly affecting 270 000, including 60 000 who were displaced. The $72 million fund by the World Bank will provide immediate support for the most affected communities across nine districts. ZIRP will focus on rebuilding community infrastructure and restoring livelihoods through cash transfers, restoring agricultural crops and livestock production, and revitalising basic healthcare services. Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank Regional Director for Social, Urban and Rural Resilience said: “Ensuring integrated and coordinated support for affected communities, this project will assist in the renewal of livelihoods with a focus on building back smarter and longer-term resilience rebuilding. Through these unique partnerships we hope to contribute to how national and regional authorities; development and humanitarian partners can and must work together in providing critical development assistance.”


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How to cite this report:  Banda, P. (2019). Project Management Update from Harare, PM World Journal; Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September.  Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-Banda-Zimbabwe-Report.pdf



About the Author

Peter Banda

Harare, Zimbabwe




Peter Banda is an agile Portfolio Manager with Change Management, Marketing & Project Management Skills, and an accomplished entrepreneur with broad stakeholder management experience. He is a founder of Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers with a membership of over 1000, Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – formerly called Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe). He has worked in both the private & public sectors during the last 20 years in Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa. Peter is a born & passionate teacher, mentor & trainer with skills ranging from Personal Development Planning to Project Management. Peter has presented & published over 20 papers at high profile international conferences & leading newspapers & publications respectively during the last 8 years.

Peter is currently Secretary- General & CEO of PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE (PMZ). Responsibilities cover strategic navigation of PMZ towards the vision covering board advisory and stakeholder management. He was previously a Higher Education Examiner, Facilitator, Lecturer, Curriculum Developer and Assessor for both local and International Diploma and Degree courses for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education.  He also served as an Examiner, Assessor and Facilitator on for SpringSoft in South Africa. Peter holds a Bachelors (Hon.) degree and MSc qualification, and is currently studying for a PhD & PMP exams.  A God fearing father of 2 lovely daughters & 1 son, Peter likes reading & researching current affairs, coaching others to realise their dreams, and watching soccer & cricket.

Peter Banda can be contacted at PMIZ National Secretariat Office projectmanagementzimbabwe@gmail.com

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