What we do

Food security and Livelihoods

Since its inception, the NANZ has worked through its network members to improve older men and women’s livelihoods through:

  • Support to community horticulture gardens.
  • Support to production of small ruminants.
  • Supporting market linkages


NANZ implemented interventions focussing on primary health care, nutrition, public health and hygiene education, access to safe clean water and sanitation facilities.

The NANZ also worked on 2 other projects. One is a three year programme that was funded by Age UK and DFID. The programme was implemented by Island Hospice and Healthcare, CCCDS and Zimbabwe Older Persons Organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care with the aim to improve older people’s access to and benefit from health services in Zimbabwe.The project was implemented in Gwanda, Mutoko, Zvishavane and Mberengwa Districts

The second programme implemented was the SADC funded programme to promote the inclusion of the 50+ population group in the fight against AIDS. This programme was implemented in Zvishavane District.


The NANZ has played a pivotal role in advocating for the rights of older people in Zimbabwe. The advocacy efforts connect local issues to regional and national platforms. Some of the activities include campaigns around International Days (World Health Day, World Elder Abuse Awareness day and International Day for Older Persons)

NANZ is also engaging with parliament through Parliamentary Portfolio Committees in an effort to ensure older persons on the agenda of parliament especially as it regards the provision of non-contributory pension and health insurance. The Network is also advocating at National level for the development of the Convention on the Rights of Older people through encouraging government support for the convention.

Citizen Participation

The Network works to bring together older persons and equip them with knowledge and skills essential to address issues affecting older persons in their areas. Through Older Persons Associations the older persons discuss issues affecting them in their community and established Older Persons Committees collect data through Older Citizens Monitoring. Through this, OPs are able to engage service providers to discuss what could be done to address concerns by older persons

NANZ Programming Approach

Citizen Participation: This is the anchor for the nation to reduce discrimination and abuse, and increase engagement of older women and men in decision making processes. Specifically, NANZ uses successful tools such as Older Citizen Monitoring to generate data and evidence on needs of older persons and their families, and campaigns such as Age Demand Actions to lobby for change based on this evidence.

Food Security and Livelihoods: Older persons and their families, especially in rural areas, are primarily engaged in subsistence agriculture as their main source of income as well as food supply. With the nation becoming more prone to disasters including flooding, cyclones and droughts, there is increase in the vulnerabilities of elderly headed households. In light of this, NANZ works through partnerships to mainstream ageing into DRR and resilience interventions and to influence changes in policy frameworks and practices.

Reliable income: There are high levels of poverty among older persons and their families due to lack of income, increase in disasters (e.g. droughts and floods), absence of pension schemes, breakdown of the family support system and high burden of care due to HIV/AIDS. As a result, NANZ focuses on advocating for policy based universal social pension schemes based on research, in partnership with key strategic networks.

Research and advocacy: NANZ Supports the elimination of discriminatory practices through advocacy for age friendly legislations, as well as providing technical input to make lifelong learning and vocational training to be age friendly. NANZ also advocates for the inclusion of older people and their families, especially vulnerable women, in national livelihood support programmes (food for assets, social transfers etc.)

Health: Access to affordable and efficient healthcare is a challenge in Zimbabwe. NANZ uses its expertise in research, advocacy and technical knowledge to promote increased access to quality, age friendly health and HIV and AIDS services. This also includes advocating for access to medication, appropriate training on healthcare for older people and well-resourced health strategies.

Discrimination and abuse: This forms the bigger part of negative perceptions, attitudes and practices towards older people and their families by wider society and in governance. Discrimination in access to services on the basis of age can be through denial of access to health insurance, funeral insurance, credit on the basis of one’s age. NANZ advocates for non-discrimination and creation of policies that promote the rights of older people.

About NANZ


The National Age Network of Zimbabwe (NANZ) is coalition of organisations whose aim is to promote mainstreaming of ageing in all development processes. It was formed in 2012. The network is made up of thirteen members that are HelpAge Zimbabwe (HAZ), Centre for Community Development Solutions (CCDS), Barefoot Education for Afrika Trust, Island Hospice and Health Care, Civic Forum on Human Development, Elizabeth Chanakira Cancer Trust, Women in Communities Organisation, Emmaus International and Zimbabwe Older Peoples’ Organisation (ZOPO), an organisation for and by older persons and Chiedza Child Care Centre, Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union, Hellen Hove Elderly Care Trust and HelpAge International. Two government Ministries, Ministry of Health and Child Care and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Mechanisation Development are technical members of this Network. The Centre for Community Development Solutions is the current coordinator of the National Age Network of Zimbabwe.


An inclusive world where people of all ages feel accepted and respected.


To be a leading network in championing ageing issues in Zimbabwe through advocacy, capacity building, research and development

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