Development and operationalization of the Zimbabwe Recovery and Resilience Framework

Context and Objectives

Zimbabwe experienced the most devastating natural disaster in the country’s recorded history, when Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the eastern part of the country on 15-16 March 2019. The ensuing Rapid Impact and Needs Assessment (RINA), jointly conducted by the Government of Zimbabwe with support from the World Bank (WB) and GFDRR, indicated that 60,000 people were displaced, 18,000 houses had been destroyed, and that a total of 270,000 people were directly impacted. 

Following this, the Government of Zimbabwe requested further assistance to develop and operationalize the Zimbabwe Recovery and Resilience Framework (ZRRF). The ZRRF is guiding the long-term recovery efforts of the government, partners, and other relevant stakeholders and facilitating the coordination of the different actors to implement the findings of the RINA by prioritizing recovery and resilience sector-wide interventions both spatially and temporally.

Main Activities

The following activities are being implemented under this project:

  • Defining and aligning the national recovery vision, guiding principles, and priorities to long-term development objectives; and
  • Establishing a sequenced and prioritized cross-sectoral framework of recovery interventions, informing investment interventions supported by external partners.


Data from different impact and needs assessments have been consolidated. Recovery needs and resilience investments across sectors and geographic locations have been prioritized and sequenced.  The project is currently identifying high priority sector investments, mapping prioritized interventions against an aid flow tracking database, identifying programs that represent unmet recovery and resilience needs, and producing investment plans for unmet recovery and resilience needs. 

In addition, diagnostics are being undertaken to develop institutional coordination mechanisms for effective recovery and resilience building. These mechanisms include mapping studies and capacity assessments at the central and local levels of key ministries and departments associated with cyclone recovery and resilience building. 

Partnerships and Coordination

The project is implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe and specifically the Department of Civil Protection, Ministry of Local Government Public Works and National Housing, and the World Bank with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Africa Development Bank (AfDB).

  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 3
Amount approved
  • $225,000
  • 10/2019 - 12/2020