EIFL has been working in Zimbabwe since 2001. We supported the creation of the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC), and through this partnership, libraries in Zimbabwe are providing access to a wide range of scholarly e-resources. EIFL agreements with publishers also allow authors in Zimbabwe to publish in open access in hybrid or fully open access journals at waived or discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs).
Libraries in Zimbabwe also benefit from EIFL programmes on open access and copyright.
EIFL supported open access awareness raising and advocacy workshops that have resulted in the establishment of a number of open access repositories in the country. Through our work, the first open access mandate in the country for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) was introduced by the University of Zimbabwe, followed by open access policies at Bindura University of Science Education, Lupane State University, Midlands State University and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University, opening their research to the world.
We engage in copyright law reform for libraries, education, research and persons with disabilities, and we also advocated for ratification by Zimbabwe of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities (Zimbabwe ratified the Marrakesh Treaty in 2019).