Swedish Dev. Cooperation - Thematic Focus

Most Swedish aid to Zimbabwe focus on promoting democratic governance, promoting and protecting human rights and on enhancing gender equality.  The main the thematic focus of Sweden's development aid to Zimbabwe is:

1) The development of transparent and democratic institutions, free and independent media and institutions working to promote increased respect for human rights.
Measures to support free, fair and safe elections are prioritized, including the constitution making process and confidence-building measures that are relevant to bring about and conduct this process. Education initiatives leading to a greater understanding of democratic principles and efficient and effective administration are being conducted. In addition, Sweden supports activities contributing to greater freedom of expression and free and independent media.

2) A growing democratic, vibrant and pluralistic civil society in which people organize themselves freely in political or other activities, and promote increased respect for human rights.
Priority is given to measures to support well-established civil society organizations that work to promote dialogue, democracy and human rights. The role of civil society organizations as a collective voice is being prioritized, as well as the democratic aspirations of young people. Cultural programmes are supported to strengthen democratic values and promote dialogue. Furthermore, support is provided to business sector institutions, which contribute to greater pluralism in society and put pressure on the Government to follow the principles of the rule of law.

3) Greater access to basic social services for vulnerable groups and individuals.
Sweden supports measures for social and economic recovery. Measures to support socially vulnerable groups are considered to play a part in promoting the development of a stronger Zimbabwean society and opportunities for vulnerable people to demand their democratic rights. Aid initiatives in the areas of education, health, water and electricity are taken to achieve this objective. Vulnerable groups, especially children and young people, are the target group for these measures.