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University of Zimbabwe’s Combating COVID-19 through Digital Innovation and a Community-Driven Approach (Zimbabwe)
University of Zimbabwe in partnership with the Glen Norah Community Cooperative will address the devastating COVID-19 impacts on people’s livelihoods and the local economy. It will promote decent employment creation and income generation by providing entrepreneurship education and establishing a revolving loan facility for vulnerable small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.
The University of Zimbabwe’s paNhari program established a partnership with the Glen Norah Community Cooperative in 2017. Glen Norah Community Cooperative is a member-based group in Glen Norah suburb, established to advance the social and economic interests of the community. paNhari students have become an essential part of the Glen Norah community. The students periodically meet with community leaders to identify urgent needs and co-design innovative, community-driven initiatives.
paNhari’s approach to partnership is grounded in the conviction that collaborations with a consortium of local community partners creates a society better able to address its own problems. This approach guides the program’s efforts to collaborate with local entities to strengthen program quality. Utilizing a crowd mapping COVID-19 innovation platform, the project will gather key input from critical stakeholders, analyze data to work to safeguard vulnerable people’s livelihoods and set foundations for early economic recovery and resilience.