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The Joint Initiative Programme was launched in 2005 to address urban poverty and vulnerability resulting from the decline in the macro-economic environment in Zimbabwe, the collapse of social welfare and municipal services, and in response to ‘Operation Murambatsvina’. Its overarching goal was to restore dignity and reduce suffering for the most vulnerable in urban and peri-urban areas of Zimbabwe. It sought to do this by assisting vulnerable households, particularly in the areas of livelihoods, food security, shelter, education for OVCs, and HIV and AIDS. This final evaluation aimed to consider the rationale for the type of approach used in the Joint Initiative, and to measure the success of the programme in meeting its goals.

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