Building Trade Union Power to Create Democratic Space in the Post-Election Period
Solidarity Center (SC)
To assist the Zimbabwe labor movement to expand its international network of labor allies to press its government to uphold human and labor rights and to allow the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to freely occupy space as the legitimate worker representative. The center will strengthen the federation to open space for all unions to promote democratic governance without fear of intervention and reprisal. The center will support the ZCTU’s engagement with the regional labor community and increase its visibility at the grassroots level.
Citizen Engagement in Natural Resource Governance
Centre for Research and Development
To promote reforms for greater public accountability around natural resource management, and to empower communities in resource-rich Manicaland Province to take the lead in defending their rights and advocating for policy solutions. The organization will use its unique access to the affected communities to facilitate dialogue between community actors and policymakers, carry out public expenditure tracking, publish policy briefs and human rights monitoring reports, and engage government and corporate actors to improve natural resource governance.
Countering Corruption through Investigative Journalism
Information for Development Trust
To increase access to information and combat corruption in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, the project will promote investigative journalism, produce a series of investigative reports, and encourage citizens to demand more accountable governance. To encourage further dialogue and advocacy around the stories, the organization will work with civil society organizations and hold public dialogues. It will collaborate with journalists in Southern Africa on stories investigating illicit financial flows with regional implications.
Defending Democratic Space
To defend constitutionalism, freedom of assembly, and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe, the organization will assist reform efforts by providing legal analysis and advice to lawmakers and civil society. The project will monitor and publicize procedures in parliament, the courts, and independent commissions, and will provide legal advice and pursue relevant legislative reforms and strategic litigation to strengthen protections for freedom of assembly and freedom of expression in response to shrinking democratic space.
Enhancing Citizen Engagement in National Peace and Reconciliation Processes
Counselling Services Unit
To strengthen the role of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission in responding to human rights abuses and impunity in Zimbabwe. Building on its network of community mobilizers, activists, and clients, the organization will establish a communication platform connecting communities to the commissions in order to reinforce the independence and capacity of these institutions to serve as platforms for documenting abuses, holding the government to account, and promoting national healing and reform.
Enhancing Youth Participation in Local Governance
Zimbabwe Organisation for the Youth in Politics
To promote youth leadership and improve local governance in Midlands Province. The organization will train citizens and local authorities to improve government accountability and identify corruption; create platforms for young people to influence local government, including the creation of a district youth council; and promote peaceful and inclusive political dialogue through theater performances, discussion forums, and debates.
Enhancing Youth Voices in Government
Community Youth Development Trust
To promote youth leadership and political participation in Matabeleland South Province. The organization will mentor youth leaders and create platforms for them to engage in local and national reform efforts, including through the development of a provincial youth manifesto and forums to enable young people to contribute to Zimbabwe’s national dialogue. It will coordinate with other community organizations in Zimbabwe to defend and expand civic space for youth participation in rural areas.
Improving Local Government Accountability
Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development
To empower youth to participate in political processes and lead campaigns promoting public accountability. The organization will train its youth network to monitor local government processes, engage with their local leaders, investigate corruption and human rights abuses, and promote community cohesion. It will work directly with newly elected councilors to improve citizen responsiveness as well as contribute to national local governance and accountability advocacy through networks such as the Alliance of Community Based Organizations.
Promoting Civic Awareness and Participation in Democratic Reform Processes
International Republican Institute (IRI)
To enhance the participation of citizens in political and civic processes in Zimbabwe, the institute will improve citizens’ knowledge and understanding around the political and legislative reform agenda and promote citizen participation in important political processes in the country. The institute will also provide platforms for citizens and civil society to meet, discuss and provide feedback to policy makers on the implementation of the constitution and other legislative processes that enable the formulation of laws and policies that are inclusive, representative and democratic.
Promoting Inclusive Citizen Engagement in Democratic Reforms
To promote citizen participation in national dialogue and local governance in Bulawayo. The organization will hold a series of town hall meetings and policy roundtables to revive the culture of debate in Bulawayo and boost the voices of civil society leaders and citizens from the Matabeleland region in Zimbabwe’s reform processes. A network of community advocates will be trained and guided to conduct advocacy and engage with local authorities to address governance challenges.
Promoting Youth Participation through Alternative Media
Centre for Innovation and Technology
To enhance freedom of expression and access to information among youth in Matabeleland. The organization will produce and broadcast news and interviews with public officials and activists, highlight initiatives by local civil society organizations, build the capacity of young female journalists, and contribute to advocacy efforts to reform media legislation. It will encourage debate online on issues affecting local youth, boost news and opinions from Matabeleland, and enhance youth participation in national debates and political processes.
Security Services Defending Human Rights
To promote a culture of non-violence and respect for human rights in Zimbabwe. The organization will strengthen the capacity of institutional leaders to carry out peaceful conflict transformation and protect human rights defenders through a series of consultations and workshops on methods of conflict resolution. The training content will be cascaded and will inform a formal training curriculum.
Speak Up and Engage Program
To strengthen the capacity of activists in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa to defend shrinking civic space and promote freedom of expression. In Zimbabwe, the network will encourage youth engagement around issues of government accountability and national dialogue by producing a weekly satire show, convening policy dialogues, and providing resources for activists. To address region-wide threats to freedom of expression, the project will support a campaign to influence legislation threatening online expression in Zambia and hold a regional convention on threats to freedom of expression throughout Southern Africa.
Strengthening Citizen Engagement and Local Government Accountability
Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe
To promote reforms advancing devolution and accountable local governance in Zimbabwe. The organization will facilitate dialogues among civil society, legal experts, and policymakers to inform policy proposals and legislative reforms, train newly elected local officials on best practices for responsive governance, and continue to build the capacity of its members in strategic districts to engage with their local leaders. It will also monitor resource allocation, investigate corruption, and promote community cohesion.
Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy and Regional Engagement
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
To strengthen civil society coordination and regional engagement towards democratic reform in Zimbabwe. The coalition will coordinate its members to establish an inclusive post-election civil society agenda and provincial action plans, develop an alternative governance model, hold policy dialogues and summits with civil society and key state actors, and further develop its tool to track the government’s commitments to reform. The regional office will mobilize the diaspora and regional allies to boost advocacy for Zimbabwe and pro-democracy campaigns throughout Southern Africa targeting SADC and national governments.
Supporting Young Women’s Leadership
Institute for Young Women Development
To advance young women’s democratic participation and defend shrinking civic space in Zimbabwe, the organization will hold public debates and coordinate a media campaign for a gender quota system. It will provide capacity building for a network of community-based organizations and assist them to respond to attacks on civic space and boost grassroots voices in national dialogue. Working regionally, the institute will launch an initiative to enhance cross-border solidarity for young women advocating for democracy throughout Africa.
Towards the Implementation of Transitional Justice
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum
To promote the adoption and implementation of a transitional justice process in Zimbabwe. The organization will support a working group of civil society organizations to engage with government institutions to monitor and guide the implementation of transitional justice, support victims of violence to amplify their voices in national dialogue, and coordinate civil society’s push for justice and national healing. The working group will organize a series of policy dialogues, research reports, advocacy meetings, and a media campaign.
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