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.