Innovation and Development in ZIMBABWE

This initiative is all about creating sustainable, productive green jobs in Zimbabwe.


What is the goal?

Small- and medium-sized businesses in Zimbabwe have the potential to change the world. But, youth unemployment, a growing informal economy, and unsustainable production processes hinder progress. Green enterPRIZE is making a difference by supporting:

  • Skills development
  • Entrepreneurship and SME development
  • Responsible business practices

Who is helping?

The International Labour Organization, the Government of Zimbabwe, the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, and the Government of Sweden are all dedicated to making Green enterPRIZE a success.

The project also relies on the participation of technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, business development services (BDS), training providers, business associations, media and communication agencies, private sector development programmes, and public, private, and community-based learning initiatives.

Areas of expertise

Skills development

Young women and men with technical and entrepreneurial skills gained access to green jobs and participated in the green economy.

  • 1,000 young people employed and economically active
  • 2,000 students from 20 different training institutions acquired the technical and business skills necessary for green jobs


Innovative green, growth-oriented SMEs enterprises, owned by young women and men, gained access to financial and non-financial business development services.

  • 75 growth-oriented SMEs expanded with the support of green business development services
  • 1,000 green jobs were created, and half of them were filled by women
  • 500 SMEs and entrepreneurs gained access to green business development services

Responsible business practices

Small- and medium-sized enterprises developed greener management practices, better workplace cooperation, and more gender-sensitive working conditions.

  • 40 existing SMEs improved in productivity, environmental sustainability, and working conditions
  • 1,000 young women and men employed in gender-sensitive workplaces