In Zimbabwe the country age network is the National Age Network of Zimbabwe (NANZ). They were set up in 2012 with the Centre for Community Development Solutions Trust (CCDST) as interim coordinator. CCDST and NANZ were established to promote models for inclusive, equitable and sustainable socio-economic development.
NANZ includes organisations focusing on older men and women as well as those that have a broader interest in issues affecting older people. Currently, they consist of 12 members including the Non-Communicable Diseases Unit of the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Extension Services Department, the Farmers’ Union and organisations focusing on older people, hospice care, cancer services, women, children, and human and community development. They also aim to promote intergenerational solidarity by raising awareness of ageing with young people. Older people are involved in NANZ through their organisations (including Zimbabwe Older People’s Organization) and older citizens monitoring activities.
To-date, NANZ has focused primarily on attracting funding for programmes to be implemented by its members. With the support of HelpAge International, they have successfully secure three sizeable grants in the areas of livelihood, health and HIV. This funding has been primarily for services, research and advocacy.
NANZ has expertise in the following thematic themes: