DANIDA seeks to promote growth in the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe. The sector remains essential for the livelihood of many Zimbabweans and holds great potential for further development. The overall objective is to improve food security and income for smallholder farming families through increased capacity and investments by agro-business and small and medium size enterprises.
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. They work in Zimbabwe to protect and rebuild Zimbabwe’s capacity to deliver basic services to the poor and promote sustainable livelihoods for the vulnerable, strengthen household and community resilience and foster growth. It is one of the funding partners of ZMF. DFID's contributions mainly funds: loans for FSPs and related capacity building grants; special programs dealing with empowerment, HIV and AIDS, and gender; lobbying and advocacy; and learning and innovations.
Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). FAO under the Livelihood and Food Security Programme (LFSP) Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) Programme and ZMF are working together to promote rural financial service delivery through Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and Value Chain Actors (VCAs).
GIZ is the primary international development agency of the German government. A GIZ Resident Advisor works with ZAMFI on improving outreach to rural and agricultural markets. That same GIZ advisor occupies one of the seats on the ZMF Board of Trustees, while GIZ has also provided some of the start-up and operational funds to ZMF.
Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Hivos in partnership with local civic organisations wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.
The Zimbabwe Association of Microfinance Institutions (ZAMFI) is the membership-based umbrella body for microfinance institutions in Zimbabwe. Most of its activities involve lobbying and advocating for a conducive regulatory framework, and building the capacity of the sector. ZAMFI was instrumental in leading the earlier research and promotion of ZMF, and has provided logistical and administrative support during the start-up phase. ZAMFI's Executive Director acts as one of the Trustees on the ZMF Board of Trustees. ZAMFI's role is particularly complementary to ZMF, in that it is leading the revamping of the regulatory environment by turning the National Microfinance Policy into an Act of Parliament, and helping to introduce new and needed initiatives like rural microfinance, housing microfinance and value chain management.