EU-Zimbabwe relations: Now on the mend, soon on the go?

Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe. Are Zimbabwe and the European Union finally ready to resume normalized relations? Photo by: Gregg Carlstrom / CC BY-NC

After more than a decade of tensions and sanctions, ties between Zimbabwe and the European Union —  the country’s second-largest donor — are now in a final sprint toward normalized relations.

While Western donors continue to channel funds to multilateral institutions and nongovernmental organizations on the ground, the EU is on course to become the first donor to resume direct aid to the Zimbabwean government. This follows the recent expiration, at the start of the month, of the aid restrictions it had imposed against its African partner more than 12 years ago.

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    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.