Completed projects - archive

As well as recently-completed projects, we also have information on older projects in Southern Africa.

The following projects have now been completed, but information is retained here for reference purposes:

Reducing Vulnerability

Improving the Food and Livelihood Security of Communities Affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia
This project aimed at enabling community-based Support Groups and Home-based Care programmes in Zambia's Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi districts to mobilize (locally and externally) and effectively manage food resources to meet the annual nutritional needs of people living with HIV and Aids (PLWHA) and their families.

Strengthening the Livelihoods of Poor Rural Communities in Southern Africa
The project operated in Nyanga and Chivi Districts and built on local skills and knowledge to enable resource poor men and women to identify and seek solutions to problems that hinder the sustainability of their livelihoods.

Gwanda Community Based Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Livelihoods
The project worked with resource poor communities to identify, develop, test, demonstrate, share and modify a range of models for sustainable utilization of natural resources and facilitating the creation of a diversified rural economy in a semi-arid environment.

Strengthening Livelihoods of Children Affected by HIV/Aids (CABA)
The overall goal of the project was to enhance the livelihoods of children affected by HIV/Aids through innovative community based strategies. It established working relationships with 19 out of the 23 wards in Chimanimani District. The project worked with over 350 community volunteers who take care of the 3,000 out of a targeted 6,000 orphans.


Making Markets Work for the Poor

Blacksmithing and rural transport
Practical Action Southern Africa provided technical support in the areas of blacksmithing and rural transport. The Blacksmithing project ended in 1999 while the Rural Transport project came to an end in 1997.

Peanut Butter and Honey Processing
Practical Action Southern Africa promoted the growth of rural agro-based industries through its agroprocessing projects, and established links between rural producers and manufacturers.

Guar Bean Production
Facilitated thriving local guar bean production and processing by small-scale farmers along the Zambezi Valley. The ultimate goal of the project was the establishment of a local guar bean processing plant which created employment opportunities for local communities as well as meeting the demand for guar powder by the mining industry.

Mushroom Production for Sustainable Livelihoods
The project which came to a close in September 2006, worked with the Chakohwa Community-Based Organisation (CBO) in Chimanimani District of Manicaland province. The aim of the project was to provide income earning opportunities for HIV and aids orphans and their carers.

Beekeepers Association of Zimbabwe (BKAZ)
The Beekeepers Association of Zimbabwe (BKAZ) Project is one of the successful civil society empowerment projects Practical Action Southern Africa was involved in from 2002 to 2007. The project addressed the needs for small-scale beekeepers to speak with one voice and increased collaboration across the country.


Improving Access to Infrastructure Services

NGO Joint Initiative for Urban Zimbabwe
The NGO Joint Initiative for Urban Zimbabwe was a co-ordinated humanitarian response to address the short and medium-term needs of highly vulnerable communities in urban Zimbabwe through integrated development programmes.

Improving the Urban Environment with Organisations of Poor Women and Men
Practical Action Southern Africa carried out work in Chitungwiza , Epworth and Mbare under the Improving Urban Environment with Organisations of Poor Women and Men Project. The initiative was working with Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in these areas, addressing the growing problem of urban poverty.

Integrated and Decentralised Service Delivery to Flood-displaced Communities in Mozambique
In a project carried out in Mozambique between 2004 and 2007, Practical Action Southern Africa applied a broad based livelihoods approach which aimed at improving the livelihoods of flood-displaced communities through locally managed and provided basic infrastructure services, as a solution to long-term development.

Women in Construction
This project sought to pave way for women to join the lucrative construction industry which has been a male domain. With relevant technical, business and skills support, women demonstrated ability to tackle the challenges and opportunities within the construction industry.

Improving Urban Livelihoods
The project was geared towards increasing disposable incomes of marginalised urban men and women in selected locations. This was done by synthesizing experiences and lessons emanating from the work carried out under the shelter technology programme in Domboramwari and New Gada areas of Epworth.

Nyamarimbira Integrated Water Project
The project improved the livelihoods and food security of men and women in Ward 21 of Nyanga District through the provision of water for irrigation and domestic use as well as the provision of energy for Tsatse - a local primary school. 200 out of 321 project members are utilizing water from the project to irrigate their pieces of land.

Building Materials and Shelter
Practical Action Southern Africa's Building Materials and Shelter programme had a number of projects designed to meet the needs of low-income earners for low-cost alternative building materials for shelter purposes, such as stabilised soil blocks and micro-concrete roofing tiles.

Small-scale mining
The Mineral Industries programme supported small scale miners with a variety of services, including drilling, blasting, extension services, training and information. The Women in Mining project trained women in mining processes.The programme also established the internationally renowned Shamva Mining Centre.

Integrated Urban Development Project
The Integrated Urban Development Project was started in 1997 with the goal of ensuring an integrated approach to improve the livelihoods of the urban poor. The project purpose is to enable poor and marginalised urban dwellers to meet their basic needs.


Responding to New Technologies

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Sustainable Livelihoods
This project sought to help the small enterprise sector get access to business information. The study resulted in the setting up of a pilot project to make information accessible to the small-producer sector in the form of the Business InfoBus.

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