UK’s development aid to Zim exceeds $300 million
Britain will continue giving development aid to Zimbabwe with $300 million having already been disbursed since February, that country’s Department for International Development (DFID) Zimbabwe representative said last Wednesday.
Dave Fish, the DFID Zimbabwe representative, said since February Britain has given US$74 million to education, US$60 million for infrastructure development and over US$200 million to the health sector, bringing the total to over US$300 million.
Fish said over the next coming years, the UK’s development programme in Zimbabwe will focus on health, on education, on increasing access to safe water and sanitation and on continuing to build livelihoods for the most vulnerable.
“British support to Zimbabwe has increased considerably over the years. “The UK will continue funding humanitarian projects in Zimbabwe to improve the lives of Zimbabweans.
“Since February, the UK has contributed over US$300 million in development aid to various social services in Zimbabwe.” Fish said during the commissioning of a US$50 million DFID funded rural water sanitation and hygiene programme in Tsholotsho.
The programme seeks to improve access to clean water in five provinces of the country namely, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland West.
Under the programme, 7500 boreholes will be rehabilitated while 1500 new boreholes and 10 000 water points will be constructed.
Top government officials, including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai attended the commissioning of the rural water sanitation and hygiene programme in Tsholotsho.