Background

Diaspora Directorate under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Zimbabwe was established and affirmed by the cabinet in 2007 and reinforced into a General Directorate in 2008. This was in recognition by the Government of Zimbabwe of its  responsibility for the  interests and welfare of its citizens citizens living and working outside the country and their untapped potential in national development processes.

The Zimbabwe government recognizes that international migration has become an established feature of contemporary social and economic life, with both positive and negative manifestations and opportunities. Governments across the world are increasingly becoming aware of the growing importance of international migration on the international agenda. Consequently, international migration is now high on global, regional, and national policy agendas.

Government also acknowledges that the Zimbabwean Diaspora has huge untapped potential which should be harnessed for the development of the nation through structuring investments in business and facilitating skills transfer in order to increase economic growth, employment opportunities, access to technology, and market share. Government further acknowledges that the Zimbabwe Diaspora wishes to be engaged as active citizens in national dialogue and affairs as they bring international exposure and lessons to the table.

It is against this background that Government came up with the Zimbabwe Diaspora Policy that provides for a comprehensive national framework which is the cornerstone and reference point for the Government of Zimbabwe and all other stakeholders to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Diaspora. The Policy seeks to maximise mutual benefits to all stakeholders that can be accrued by formally mainstreaming the Diaspora into the national dialogue and development agenda.The Diaspora Policy, among other issues, stipulates the establishment of a Diaspora Directorate housed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Read the Diaspora Policy 

Our Mandate

  • The Directorate acts as a focal entry point for the Diaspora to liaise with Government. It is a one stop shop for all Diaspora engagements with Government.

Objectives of the Directorate

  • Maximise the potential of the Diaspora in contributing to Zimbabwe’s development process through remittances, philanthropic work, skills transfer and investment;
  • Develop mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation with the Diaspora; and
  • Encourage the use of formal channels for Diaspora remittances and investments.

Objectives of the Directorate

  • Maximise the potential of the Diaspora in contributing to Zimbabwe’s development process through remittances, philanthropic work, skills transfer and investment;
  • Develop mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation with the Diaspora; and
  • Encourage the use of formal channels for Diaspora remittances and investments.

Functions of the Directorate

  • Mainstream the Diaspora into national development agenda;
  • Coordinate line Ministries and all stakeholders’ activities that enhance protection of Diaspora rights and remove domestic bottlenecks confronting them;
  • Develop and manage the Diaspora database;
  • Develop and manage a Diaspora website linked to all stakeholders;
  • Conduct outreach and networking programmes with the Diaspora in order to promote the interests of the country;
  • Conduct education and public awareness on investment opportunities to the diaspora;
  • Facilitate Diaspora Direct Investment ( DDI) in the productive sectors of the economy; and
  • Disseminate information on the Diaspora policy to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Special Services offered by the Directorate
  • Coordinating with relevant authorities in assisting returnees from the Diaspora;
  • Undertaking outbound visits to the Diaspora;
  • Organizing National Diaspora day in conjunction with Diaspora associations;
  • Advising and updating Government on Diaspora issues;
  • Managing the diaspora website; and
  • Managing and updating the diaspora database and mapping.