Mothers and babies at a hospital in Zimbabwe. The European Union's new seven-year partnership with the country will focus on health, agriculture and governance. Photo by: Paolo Patruno / United Methodist Women / CC BY-NC-ND
In 2002, the European Union imposed aid restrictions on Zimbabwe in response to rampant human rights violations and constant shortfalls in ensuring credible elections. Much of the donor community has likewise exercised some level of withdrawal from the southern African country throughout the past decade, slowing progress in several key areas.