Embassy of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe

Embassy of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Harare. Representing the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Also follow us on Twitter @NLinZimbabwe

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Harare promotes partnerships through dialogue between Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and the Netherlands On this page you will find information about the Embassy in Harare.

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Today we fly the Sustainable Development Goals flag.

The #SDGs are the global plan for a sustainable & inclusive world by 2030.

In 2020 we celebrate 5 years of the SDGs & 75 years of the UN.🇺🇳

Both are more important than ever as we enter what must be a #DecadeOfAction.

UNDP Zimbabwe Hivos Regional Office Southern Africa

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🇿🇼 Remember! Nominations for our #16Days campaign close this Sunday! 🚺

Pleased to introduce another judge for 2020 Mr Kgosi Nyathi, Director of the National Gallery in #Bulawayo.

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🇳🇱 🇿🇼 Dutch in Zim Special Edition 🎉 The Embassy welcomes Eva van Woersem This is a special edition of the #DutchinZim s...

🇳🇱 🇿🇼 Dutch in Zim Special Edition 🎉

The Embassy welcomes Eva van Woersem

This is a special edition of the #DutchinZim series to introduce our new Deputy Head of Mission Eva van Woersem.

Eva, her husband Joris and three boys Pelle (9), Freek (7) and Taeke (3) arrived in Zimbabwe after relocating to Zimbabwe from Sri Lanka, via the Netherlands. Spending their first two weeks in quarantine made for a slow and somewhat strange arrival in their new home country.

“Although it felt odd to be staying at home and unable to explore this beautiful new place, it did force us to take things step by step and reminded us of how important freedom is. I used the time to read deeply and prepare for the work ahead,” says Eva. “The boys have all started school here already, which has also been odd – meeting classmates for the first time online!”

Since travel is still quite limited, Eva has taken this time to get familiar with the work being done at the Embassy. Standout for her is the focus on women’s rights, which apart from being a pillar of Dutch foreign policy is personally important.

“It is frustrating that there is still a gender gap around the world. I’m glad that the Ambassador and I are both women and determined to push for this,” she says.

After growing up in Utrecht, Eva moved to Groningen to study sociology and international relations, a stepping stone to internships first at an NGO in Vietnam, then at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later as trainee at the Ministry of Health where she gained experience on public health and international cooperation especially on HIV/AIDS and sexual health rights. She would later return to Foreign Affairs and took up her first post in Rome. Sri Lanka, where she worked as Deputy Ambassador was her second post abroad before coming to Zimbabwe.

“I love this job because the work is so diverse. I work on consular, admin, politics, programming, safety and security… and interact with every colleague in a different way, so it’s never dull!” says Eva.

In addition to pushing the Embassy’s existing programmes forward, Eva is looking forward to exploring how to further incorporate the concepts of sustainability and circularity (where there is little or no waste) into the projects. “The Netherlands has the ambition to be a full circular economy by 2050. It’s good to see that important steps have been made by the embassy as I have already solar panels on my roof and soon a water-wise and climate proof garden.”

As and when lockdown eases, Eva and family are looking forward to seeing the cities and countryside of Zimbabwe and connecting with people from all walks of life. Eva says her boys are so excited to see the animals, especially cheetah and leopard. Not an easy thing to manage, so good luck Eva! 🐆



🇿🇼 One week till our #16Days nominations close on Sunday 6 September!

Rejoice Nharaunda-Makawa was one of our 2019 champions and we are so happy to welcome her as a judge in 2020.

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The Heads of Missions of Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the UK and the USA issue the following statem...

The Heads of Missions of Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the UK and the USA issue the following statement on #Zimbabwe.


🔎 🇿🇼 Our search for the #16days gender champions for 2020 is on and we need your help.

Nominate someone you know making #Zimbabwe a better place for girls and women. Our amazing panel of judges will pick the final 16 to be celebrated from 25 November to 10 December. #16DaysOfActivism

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Please share to help spread the word.

Our search for gender champions has begun!

🇿🇼It’s time to once again nominate your gender champions as our #16Days 2020 campaign starts now.

Tell us about people you know making #Zimbabwe a better place for girls & women.🧡

16 champions will be chosen by our amazing panel of judges to be celebrated for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.


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Allowing journalists to do their work is vital in the fight against #corruption.The arrest of investigative journalist H...

Allowing journalists to do their work is vital in the fight against #corruption.

The arrest of investigative journalist Hopewell Chino’ono today is part of a worrying trend against free speech in #Zimbabwe.


“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of other...

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

#NelsonMandelaDay #MandelaDay #humanrights

Dutch in Zim 7 – Tanja LubbersTanja Lubbers has had an exciting international career that has taken her around the world...

Dutch in Zim 7 – Tanja Lubbers

Tanja Lubbers has had an exciting international career that has taken her around the world first working for Dutch national television, and then as a development expert. Even with her long record of leadership at top organisations, Tanja has remained down to earth and personally connected to the humanitarian crises and social injustices affecting people everywhere.

“My mother was from a relatively well-off family but my father grew up poor. Their personal experiences showed me how the lottery of which family you are born into determines your future. The world remains an unfair place and as my career got going I wanted to work towards changing this,” she says.

Tanja’s desire for social justice is part of what makes her effective in her current role as Regional Director for Hivos in Southern Africa which has a team of 55 people mostly working out of the hub in Harare.

“We are pushing for a more sustainable, open and prosperous Southern Africa. Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi are priorities though we do work in other countries too,” says Tanja, adding that they are led by their local partners wherever they go. “Change must come from the inside so our projects are always co-creations and co-run with local organisations.”

Hivos has a wide spread of projects in food security, energy, human rights, transparency and accountability, all underpinned by the current and expected impacts of climate change. Collaborations and their EUR10 million annual finances are geared towards research, training, and advocating for suitable policy.

Most recently Hivos has partnered with researchers in Zimbabwe to study the impacts of Covid-19 on the agriculture sector with a focus on women farmers and workers. The reports paint a bleak picture, with up to 6,000 jobs on the line in the horticulture sector alone, and a spike in gender based violence in agricultural communities. The data from the research will guide government, the private sector and NGOs in how to make sure the worst case scenarios are avoided.

A better Zimbabwe has become personally important to Tanja since she married a Zimbabwean and calls the country home.

In 2013 on her third day in a new country, Tanja met Daves Guzha, current director of Theatre in the Park. They quickly discovered Dutch friends in common, a shared love of the arts, and a similar sense of humour. They got married on new year’s eve in 2014.

“Coronavirus really proved to me how close I feel to Zimbabwe now. It never even occurred to me to go back to the Netherlands to wait it out. Zimbabwe is my home, and even though one day I may have to move again for another post, we will retire here one day.”
Speaking about the future of Zimbabwe Tanja is caught between hope and despair.

“Of course I am worried, and pessimistic at times, but Zimbabwe is full of potential. The only problem is that so many people are left out of designing the country’s future so the incredible minds and spirits, knowledge and creativity are being wasted. An inclusive and accountable Zimbabwe will be an amazing place, somewhere filled with innovation and prosperity,” she says.

#dutchinzim #Zimbabwe #Zambia #Malawi

🇳🇱Consular Notice:Students and those undertaking essential trips to the Netherlands from #Zimbabwe #Zambia & #Malawi may...
The Netherlands lifts travel ban for certain groups of travellers

🇳🇱Consular Notice:

Students and those undertaking essential trips to the Netherlands from #Zimbabwe #Zambia & #Malawi may now travel, providing for 2 weeks of quarantine on arrival.

Contact the Embassy in Harare for more information:

📨[email protected]


As of 1 July 2020, the Netherlands has lifted the travel ban for certain groups of travellers, allowing permanent (long-term) residents of the following countries to enter the Netherlands: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thai...

Dutch in Zim Part 6 – ‘Old Legs’ Eric de JongHotelier, farmer, writer, adoptive father of three, and amateur cyclist Eri...

Dutch in Zim Part 6 – ‘Old Legs’ Eric de Jong

Hotelier, farmer, writer, adoptive father of three, and amateur cyclist Eric de Jong is a man with stories to tell. And don’t be fooled by his self-deprecation – he might not be a youth but is certainly youthful in his outlook and action.

Take this week for example. Apart from running his 40 hectare flower farm in Mount Darwin, Eric will set off on the 2020 edition of the Old Legs Tour – his annual sponsored bike ride to raise money for pensioners in Zimbabwe.

“We were meant to pedal the skeleton coast in Namibia but because of the pandemic have mapped a route within our borders,” says Eric who describes an excruciating 3,186km, 37 day bike ride around Zimbabwe that will take him and three others through cities and towns, along rough dirt roads, railway lines, and deep into the wilderness including all major national parks where they will ride with handheld foghorns to drive off any dangerous animals that might take an interest in meals on wheels.

“This is our third Old Legs Tour,” says Eric. “In 2018 we rode Harare to Cape Town and in 2019 to Kilimanjaro. Each year we get more people joining and manage to raise more money than the year before.” Eric is proud that despite a difficult fundraising environment, they have already pulled a wheelie past their US$100.000 goal.

“Now I’d like to smash US$200.000. The money goes to the elderly in Zimbabwe, many of whom have no income and no support. Donations go directly to Bulawayo Help Network Trust and Pensioners Aid Harare and the money is life changing for some of the pensioners who might be getting ZWL300 a month.”

A ride of this magnitude requires planning and training, and Eric is surrounded by boxes and tins and packages of all sorts as he speaks.

“Since I started this, we’ve had people joining in from the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and the USA. None of us are professionals, though of course we must train for this as 120km every day for six weeks takes its toll. We try to do the first half before breakfast each morning and spread the rest out in between lots of snacking and drinking,” says Eric, who is a self-described jelly baby fiend.

Eric’s 2020 training was interrupted when he fell off his bike while recording a video diary on his phone and broke a rib, but he is ready to push on under his personal motto ‘have fun, do good, do epic’ which makes The Old Legs Tour so special to him.

“We laugh and laugh, see the most amazing things, and raise money for a good cause too,” he said.

When he’s off the saddle, Eric grows flowers which he exports to the Netherlands via the weekly KLM flights out of Harare.

“I moved to farming because I wanted to be closer to the three children that we adopted after their mum died of cancer,” says Eric who tells how he and his wife Jenny responded to a TV message from Rose, a dying woman who appealed for someone to care for her young children. He was a trained hotelier with shares in hotels and safari camps which he sold in 1992 before diving into floriculture which he learned on the job.

Eric’s resilience and adaptability comes partly from his mother who was born to Dutch parents in a Japanese concentration camp during the second World War. His father was born in Hilversum in the Netherlands and moved here in the 1950s when many Dutch people emigrated to the region.

Eric is a regular blogger and this year published a book ‘Running Dogs and Rose’s Children’, the dramatic story of his family’s life. In August 2020, he will publish ‘Cape Town to Kilimanjaro’, detailing his Old Legs Tour adventures to date, followed in 2021, by his first novel, ‘War and Other Social Diseases’. “I love writing,” says Eric, “and I’m just getting going.”

Two books, an epic bike ride, and more than a hundred thousand dollars raised for charity. That’s a well-spent lockdown Eric!

You can follow Eric on https://ericgeorgedejong.com . You can follow and support the Old Legs Tour here: https://oldlegstour.co.zw/donate/

#DutchinZim #Zimbabwe #cycling

Students please note!The Embassy is processing study visa applications & legalising documents for students going to stud...

Students please note!

The Embassy is processing study visa applications & legalising documents for students going to study in the Netherlands next semester.

Services available 8am-11am Mon-Fri.

Get info & book your appointment via 🖱️www.netherlandsandyou.nl

Happy 75th birthday to the United Nations! 🎂🇺🇳Created for global peace, security, social progress, #HumanRights & intern...

Happy 75th birthday to the United Nations! 🎂🇺🇳

Created for global peace, security, social progress, #HumanRights & international law, the UN is still as relevant as ever.

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Dutch in Zim – Part 6Today is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. We are happy to bring you the next #Dutch...

Dutch in Zim – Part 6

Today is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

We are happy to bring you the next #DutchinZim instalment about Mirjam van Dorssen - the new Country Director for Oxfam Zimbabwe. Mirjam moved to Zimbabwe from her post in The Hague covering the Middle East and North Africa in September 2019.

Founded in 1942, Oxfam is a global humanitarian and development organisation working to reduce poverty worldwide. Mirjam says that one of their current focus areas is effect of climate change on people in developing countries, especially women who have a key role to play in keeping communities going during times of stress.

In Zimbabwe, Mirjam’s team has various projects relating to the environment, water and hygiene, agriculture, and gender equality on the go. Often these priorities all meet in a single venture for example the recently completed repair and upgrade of the broken down Ngotsha borehole in Bulilima, Matebelenad South.

“We worked with one of our key partners the Dutch Relief Alliance to restore the water supply to a community that was forced to sometimes walk 7km to get unsafe water,” says Mirjam. “The impact from this is immediate and huge because the water allows the community to grow food even during the drought, it saves especially the women lots of time and energy that would be spent fetching water, and of course helps people maintain hygiene which is so important during the current pandemic.”

Mirjam says that the Oxfam team has been well prepared to support the Covid-19 response in Zimbabwe.

“We have a lot of experts on our team in gender, water, sanitation and hygiene. The past months have been busy using our experience in fighting waterborne diseases to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by ensuring that people in many different places are able to keep good hygiene.”

Getting water flowing is an essential first step towards people leading dignified lives, but Mirjam describes how addressing gender inequality in terms of cultural norms is also a part of their work.

“Our We Care programme is getting families to talk about the division of household tasks. Men and boys are often open to doing more when they understand how giving their mothers and sisters more time to do other things is good for her and for the family. We are seeing families make changes,” says Mirjam.

Even though she is still finding her feet, Mirjam is cautiously optimistic about Zimbabwe’s future.

“Zimbabwe is not poor in natural resources or knowledge and skills. There is a very strong learning culture and people are happy to apply new insights, be it community microfinance solutions, climate smart agriculture or how to combat GBV. These are signs that Zimbabwe can have a bright future,” says Mirjam.

Mirjam has been with Oxfam since 2003 and attributes her long service to her sense even as a child that we are all connected.

“We all tend to focus on our own lives and surroundings, but from when I was growing up I’ve always been taught and seen for myself how we are interconnected and how the choices we make – what we buy and our politics have an impact on lives elsewhere. It makes me happy to work on the kinds of issues that Oxfam is taking on,” says Mirjam.

Mirjam will be here for at least two years. Her family have not come over yet as her eldest children are finishing school but she hopes they will come afterwards.

We will share more about the great work being done by Oxfam in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, why not let Mirjam know some good things to do and see in Zimbabwe in the comments below.

#combatdesertification #Zimbabwe #water


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