Socially and economically empowered women and resilient communities enjoying gender equality in a Small and Medium Enterprises-driven economy by 2030.

Program Priorities

To deliver on it’s mandate the Ministry is guided by the following priorities

Women Empowerment

The Women Affairs and Gender Department comprises of two sections namely Women Affairs and Gender. The two sections complement each other as gender mainstreaming is a tool to achieve women empowerment.

Community Development

The Community Development Department focuses on empowering communities to be self-reliant, self-sustaining, resilient and prosperous.

SME Development

Promoting business linkages between MSMEs and Large Corporates and MSMEs to MSMEs

Cooperative Development

Developing sustainable Cooperatives through implementing policies, projects and programs.

ZWL 1000000 +
SMEDCO disbursed
Female SMEs Trained
80. %
5th and 6th 100 day cycle Programs and projects
60. %
access working space

Our Principals

Hon. M. Mutsvangwa (Senator)


Hon. Dr. J.N. Mhlanga (MP.)


Dr. Mavis Sibanda


L. Matsika Takaendisa (Mrs.)

CHIEF DIRECTOR FOR Gender, policy planning and Programme Management

F. Gondo (Eng.)


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The Ministry has a critical role in transforming the lives of women, communities through promoting the
small and medium enterprises and cooperatives.

Ministry Core Values

To formulate, implement policies /programmes for women`s empowerment, gender equality, resilient communities, cooperatives and MSMEs development and to coordinate stakeholders in the sectors.

People Driven

Formulate, recommend, implement, coordinate and evaluate policies, strategies and programmes that promote women empowerment, gender equality, community, cooperative, and MSMEs development.


Administer all Acts assigned to the Ministry.

Gender Sensitivity & Inclusivity

Promote equal and equitable access, control and ownership of resources in order to address gender inequalities.


Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Finance

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in most economies, particularly in developing countries. SMEs account for the majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development. They represent about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. Formal SMEs contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies.

ZWL$500 million SMEs facility to boost productivity

PLAYERS in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector are expecting improved productivity following government’s announcement of a 500 million Zimbabwe dollar facility. The relaxation of lockdown measures have seen SMEs reopening with restored business confidence. Players in the sector, who met in Harare this Friday, spoke on their expectations of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) facility unveiled this Tuesday.

Zimbabwe: Zimra Targets 35 000 New Tax Paying SMEs

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) is this year, once again, targeting to register at least 35 000 businesses in the small to medium enterprises (SME) sector as efforts intensify to increase revenue collections from the (SMEs) sector. This will ensure more businesses, especially in the largely informal SMEs sector, contribute towards the country's revenue collections.