ZIMBABWE 2020

Advance Consensus Building on Political Reforms through Inter-Party Dialogue

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$300,000

To promote constructive political dialogue in Zimbabwe. The Institute will optimize dialogue among key political parties, civil society organizations, and members of parliament on potential political reforms such as party registration, regulation, and funding. It will facilitate a series of inter-party dialogues and multi-stakeholder workshops to advance consensus-building and encourage ongoing dialogues on electoral reform.   

Amplifying Community Voices through Digital Media

Centre for Innovation and Technology

$40,000

To enhance freedom of expression and access to information among youth in the Matabeleland region. The organization will produce and broadcast news and interviews with public officials and activists, highlight initiatives by local civil society organizations, create digital content and platforms that enhance youth participation in politics, and encourage debate and boost news and opinions from Matabeleland.

Building People Power for Democratic Participation and Defense of the Constitution

Zimbabwe Human Rights Association

$85,000

To strengthen and coordinate grassroots citizen participation in defense of human rights and constitutionalism in Zimbabwe. The grant will support institutional capacity building to enable the organization to carry out its mission to enhance and coordinate grassroots activism throughout the country. The organization will undertake strategic planning, expand its membership, provide training for its local structures, adopt new digital tools for civic education and engagement, and develop programs to foster youth activism.

Citizen Engagement in Natural Resource Governance

Centre for Research and Development

$39,985

To strengthen citizen-driven action towards more accountable natural resource governance in Zimbabwe. The organization will work closely with grassroots communities to facilitate dialogue between local activists, policymakers, and companies; carry out revenue tracking; publish policy briefs; document human rights abuses; and conduct media and advocacy campaigns to expose corruption and generate popular support for reforms.

Civic Education on the Constitution and Legislative Reforms

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$350,000

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. 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. 

Combatting Corruption in Local Governance in Chitungwiza

Chitungwiza Community Development Network

$43,000

To enhance the capacity of citizens to combat corruption in local governance in Zimbabwe. The project will coordinate civil society activists to follow up on recent reports of corruption in Chitungwiza. It will train and encourage local officials and youth activists to monitor and report on corruption, hold public dialogues to review corruption cases, and conduct a media campaign using art, cartoons, and video skits to shape a narrative on the effects of corruption. 

Coordinating Rural Youth Voices to Combat Corruption

Youth Initiatives for Community Development Trust

$39,890

To strengthen the capacity of youth in Mashonaland East Province to participate in governance processes and promote anti-corruption. The project will engage youth through advocacy workshops, study circles, youth symposiums, and guided advocacy campaigns to educate young people about corruption and strengthen their capacity to promote accountability and good governance and to engage in national reform and dialogue efforts. The organization will coordinate with grassroots organizations throughout the country to defend and expand civic space for youth participation.

Defending Democratic Space

Veritas

$56,258

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 Citizens’ Capacity to Defend Human Rights

Counselling Services Unit

$74,975

To enhance freedom of expression and access to information among youth in the Matabeleland region. The organization will produce and broadcast news and interviews with public officials and activists, highlight initiatives by local civil society organizations, create digital content and platforms that enhance youth participation in politics, and encourage debate and boost news and opinions from Matabeleland.

Enhancing Youth Voices in Government

Community Youth Development Trust

$43,900

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, with a focus on contributing to debates around increasing youth participation in politics. The organization will strengthen networks of youth activists in the region and coordinate with community organizations throughout the country to defend and expand civic space for youth participation. 

Promoting Inclusive Citizen Engagement in Democratic Reforms

Habakkuk Trust

Supplement$20,000

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 national dialogue and 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 in Local Governance

Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development

$40,000

To empower youth to promote accountable governance in Masvingo and Manicaland Provinces. The organization will train its youth network to monitor local government processes, engage with their local leaders, monitor corruption and human rights abuses, and promote community cohesion. It will work directly with local public officials to improve citizen engagement and responsiveness as well as contribute to national local government reform efforts and anti-corruption campaigns.

Security Services Defending Human Rights

Envision Zimbabwe Women’s Trust

Supplement$23,464

To promote a culture of non-violence and respect for human rights within the police service in Zimbabwe. Through a series of workshops and consultations with senior police officers, the program will impart a practical understanding of conflict resolution methodology and the role of the police in preventing violence, with the ultimate goal of reducing human rights abuses committed by the police. The training content will be compiled into a training manual for use by training officers.

Speak Up and Engage Program

Magamba Network

$120,000

To strengthen the capacity of activists in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa to counter shrinking civic space and promote freedom of expression. The organization will produce satirical online programming that engages young people in governance processes, empower youth to monitor parliamentary and local council processes, and share its online content with offline audiences throughout the country. Regionally, it will launch an African Satire Network and work with partners in Zambia to replicate its youth outreach programs and promote digital rights. 

Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Local Government Reform

Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe

$50,000

To improve democratic local governance in Zimbabwe. The organization will organize community consultative forums, policy dialogues, and trainings for policymakers to inform local government reforms. It will train local elected officials on citizen engagement and strengthen the capacity of its members to participate in local governance processes, promote community cohesion, and defend shrinking civic space. 

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy and Regional Coordination

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

Supplement$48,945

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 diaspora and regional allies to boost advocacy for Zimbabwe and pro-democracy campaigns throughout Southern Africa targeting SADC and national governments.

Strengthening Electoral Democracy

Zimbabwe Organisation for the Youth in Politics

$39,475

To enhance the participation and contribution of marginalized citizens in promoting accountability and democratic reforms in Zimbabwe. The organization will organize workshops and dialogues to strengthen the contributions of citizens in Midlands Province to ongoing national reform processes. It will also provide platforms for youth, local officials, and traditional leaders from across partisan divides to work together to address local challenges such as corruption, human rights abuses, ongoing political violence, and polarization.

Strengthening Investigative Journalism and Public Sector Accountability

Information for Development Trust

$112,700

To increase access to information and combat corruption in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The project will produce investigative stories and provide training and tools to journalists and civil society to strengthen the impact of investigative journalism. To encourage further dialogue and action in response to its stories, the organization will collaborate with civil society organizations and institutions, organize public dialogues, and produce multi-media content. It will collaborate with journalists in Southern Africa on corruption stories with regional implications. 

Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in the Land Sector

Community Alliance for Human Settlements in Zimbabwe

$42,300

To strengthen the capacity of communities affected by arbitrary displacements and evictions to advocate for transparent and accountable land policies and governance in Zimbabwe. The network will educate and support community leaders, local officials, and government institutions to advance legal reform, challenge corruption, and improve accountability around how land and natural resources are allocated and utilized. The organization will conduct workshops, policy dialogues, and advocacy and media campaigns.

Strengthening Youth Capacity to Stop Corruption

Youth Forum Zimbabwe

$48,750

To strengthen the capacity of youth activists in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa to lead anti-corruption campaigns and coordinate joint advocacy efforts. The organization will conduct research, produce videos and cartoons on the effects of corruption, and assist citizens to report on corruption and engage the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. To contribute to the growth of a new regional youth network, a regional conference will be held to encourage youth to lead a regional anti-corruption campaign.

Supporting Young Women’s Leadership

Institute for Young Women Development

Supplement$45,000

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 to 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

Supplement$5,000

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.