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Gender-Sensitive and Child-Friendly Budgeting in Zimbabwe

By: Bob Libert Muchabaiwa

NANGO is the umbrella body of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Zimbabwe. Over the years, it has become the premier coordination body of more than 1,000 local and international NGOs. Its mission is to create space and identify opportunities for NGOs to pursue their missions and visions and to facilitate the building of members’ capacities, resource bases, and synergies. ZWRCN was established in 1990 by a small group of like-minded women who wanted to develop a space dedicated to the collection, analysis, discussion, publication, translation, and distribution of information about the lives of women across Zimbabwe.

This chapter seeks to flag lessons—in terms of context, processes, and results—for possible replication and further learning by policy makers, practitioners, and technocrats on two social accountability initiatives in Zimbabwe: (1) the Child-Friendly National Budget Initiative being coordinated by the National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO), and (2) the Gender Responsive Budgeting Project by the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN).