Military expenditure as a share of GDP reached 1.97 % in 2017 in Zimbabwe, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 10.4 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Zimbabwe reached an all time high of 10.7 % in 2002 and an all time low of 0.978 % in 2010. When compared to Zimbabwe's main peers, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Botswana amounted to 3.05 %, 0.815 % in Mozambique, 1.05 % in South Africa and 1.34 % in Zambia in 2017.
Zimbabwe has been ranked 52nd within the group of 146 countries we follow in terms of military expenditure as a share of GDP.
Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.