The Republic of Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa and shares a border with South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. It gained independence from Britain in 1980 and was until 2017 dominated by Robert Mugabe. The country has experienced severe unemployment, hyperinflation, poverty and the effects of a land reform programme which saw the seizure of white-owned farms redistributed to landless black Zimbabweans which led to sharp falls in food production.
President: Emmerson Mnangagwa
Population: 16 million
Religion: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Languages: English, Shona, Sindebele
Once known as the jewel of Africa for its prosperity, Zimbabwe has huge potential given its generous endowment of natural resources. Achieving this will require prompt action to correct fiscal policies, re-stabilize the monetary system, and resolve the arrears to international lenders that would allow for a resumption of development financing. It will also require the renewal of capacity in the public sector and investment reforms.
Source: The World Bank