Zimbabwe 2021

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Strengthening Informal Economy Participation and Voice


To improve the legal and regulatory environment for the informal sector at both the local and national level in Zimbabwe and to increase support for the informal economy among the general population, informal workers, and local and national policymakers. The Center will work with a coalition of informal associations to raise awareness and reform the legal environment to strengthen democratic, social, and economic development in Zimbabwe.


Centre for Innovation and Technology Trust

Enhancing Community Voices through Digital Media


To enhance freedom of expression, access to information, and civic participation in Bulawayo and the Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe. The organization will produce and broadcast news and interviews with public officials and activists, publish investigative stories, maintain a website, produce a podcast series, create platforms that enhance youth participation in politics, and amplify news and opinions from the Matabeleland region.

Centre for Research and Development

Citizen Engagement in Natural Resource Governance


To strengthen citizen-driven action towards more accountable natural resource governance in Zimbabwe. The organization will work closely with mining communities and civil society coalitions to facilitate dialogue between grassroots activists, policymakers, and companies; conduct monitoring and documentation of human rights violations; and carry out research and advocacy campaigns to expose corruption and mobilize citizen participation in ongoing devolution and natural resource policy reform efforts.

Chitungwiza Community Development Network

Promoting Accountability in Local Government


To promote citizen participation in promoting transparency and combatting corruption in local government processes. The organization will coordinate and train community leaders in Chitungwiza to strengthen public financial management and test Zimbabwe’s new Freedom of Information legislation. Through the use of art, comedy, and radio shows, it will conduct public awareness campaigns on access to information and combatting corruption and will prepare local actors to participate in Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections.

Community Alliance for Human Settlements in Zimbabwe

Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in the Land Sector


To strengthen the capacity of communities affected by arbitrary displacements and evictions to advocate for transparent and accountable land policies in Zimbabwe. The alliance will expand its grassroots movement and train community leaders to engage with local officials and government institutions to challenge corruption and improve accountability and land rights. The organization will conduct workshops, policy dialogues, and media campaigns to influence ongoing reform efforts and political party manifestos ahead of the 2023 elections.

Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development Trust

Amplifying Youth Voices for Accountable Governance


To empower youth to promote accountable governance in Masvingo Province. 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.


Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition South Africa Desk

Coordinating Citizen Action and Regional Engagement toward Democratic Reform


To coordinate local and regional civil society advocacy efforts in response to the closing space in Zimbabwe. The coalition will coordinate its members to engage in bi-lateral meetings with CSOs and other solidarity partners in the SADC region to share notes and develop issue-based synergies to better coordinate regional lobby and advocacy. The Coalition will hold a series of advocacy and outreach meetings with different regional institutions and stakeholders to create awareness of the current political climate and closing civic space in Zimbabwe. The Coalition will develop and utilize an election Barometer as an advocacy tool in engaging regional election observer missions and other key stakeholders for reform of the electoral framework.


Habakkuk Trust

Amplifying Citizen Voices


To coordinate and amplify the contributions of citizens in Bulawayo by creating a common vision for the city through the Bulawayo charter. The project also seeks to cultivate issue based electoral debate and engagement based on the principles and needs of Bulawayo residents reflected in the Citizen Charter. The Bulawayo Charter will be a tool and guiding document to facilitate election debates between citizens and local election candidates. The organization will also hold post election accountability meetings to hold elected officials accountable to the values and principles reflected in the Charter.

Institute for Young Women Development Trust

Reclaiming Young Women’s Political Participation


To advance young women’s democratic participation and representation in Zimbabwe. The organization will coordinate a campaign to implement gender equality legislation by conducting analysis and advocacy around a draft reform bill, and by educating and preparing citizens to participate in public hearings and policy debates. To amplify the voice of community-level activists in Zimbabwe, the organization will strengthen a network of community-based organizations to carry out joint initiatives and strengthen their organizational capacities.

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Promoting Civic Awareness And Action To Counter Disinformation


To promote civil society and citizens’ ability to identify and respond to state-sponsored disinformation in Zimbabwe, the Institute will work with CSOs and media partners to increase awareness around false and inaccurate information being disseminated by and through state-sponsored media outlets. The Institute will also foster increased coordination between CSOs and Media and facilitate opportunities for them to engage with international stakeholders to provide accurate, timely information that counters state-sponsored disinformation.

Magamba Cultural Activist Network Trust

Youth Engagement through Alternative Media


To expand opportunities for young Zimbabweans to participate in political processes, and to strengthen campaigns and digital platforms that promote dialogue between citizens and their governments in Africa. The organization will produce satirical and informational digital content and interactive platforms for young people to take the lead in monitoring governance processes and creating original content to promote government accountability. The organization will mentor young activists, civic movements, artists, and civic tech experts, and develop a regional network of political satirists.


Youth Forum Zimbabwe

Enhancing Youth Activism for Accountable Governance


To strengthen the capacity of youth activists in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa to participate in anti-corruption initiatives. The organization will inform youth about existing reporting mechanisms and secure methods for sharing sensitive information, develop additional digital reporting platforms tailored to youth, and encourage improved commitment by public institutions to address corruption. The organization will coordinate with the Southern Africa Youth Solidarity Network to develop expertise and joint campaigns among youth activists to take action against corruption in the region.

Zimbabwe Democracy Institute

Promoting Accountability and Citizen Oversight in the Health Sector


To promote accountable governance in the public sector in Zimbabwe. The organization will conduct research and analysis on financial flows involving the health sector in response to recent high-profile corruption cases amid the Covid-19 crisis response. The research will be presented to policy experts and civil society leaders who will develop policy recommendations and advocacy toolkits to promote citizen participation in calling for improved accountability and the depoliticization and demilitarization of public services.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

Building a Critical Mass for the Advancement of Transitional Justice


To promote understanding and implementation of transitional justice in Zimbabwe. The organization will coordinate civil society efforts to promote the implementation of transitional justice priorities, encourage and strengthen the ability of independent commissions to incorporate transitional justice priorities, conduct a media campaign to build transitional justice knowledge among the broader public, and promote peaceful elections through media campaigns and engagement with political parties and traditional leaders.

Zimbabwe Organisation for the Youth in Politics

Promoting Youth Political Participation and Leadership


To promote peaceful dialogue and youth participation in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province. The organization will carry out civic education, leadership training, and mentoring for youth ahead of the 2023 elections. It will create platforms for dialogue and educate local activists and leaders about legislative reforms and preparations for the elections. It will encourage political parties, elected officials, and traditional leaders to facilitate peaceful dialogue and youth political participation.

Zimbabwe Peace Project

Human Rights Monitoring and Documentation


To monitor human rights violations and reduce the impact of political violence on citizens in Zimbabwe. The organization will monitor and document human rights violations in Zimbabwe through a network of community-based monitors. It will strengthen the participation of community-based organizations in its network and develop digital platforms that will improve its ability to efficiently solicit and verify reports and to conduct analysis to map potential hot spots, key actors, and trends.


Democratic Norms, Ideas and Values

Supporting Independent News Analysis and Debate


To provide a platform for independent and investigative reporting that monitors the infomation space and promotes citizen participation, government accountability, political tolerance, and debate. The project will support monthly online video programs that will break down current events, investigate and provide context to priority issues affecting Zimbabwe’s democratic trajectory, to include the 2023 elections. The project will promote access to information as well as freedom of expression by producing high profile interviews and panel discussions with politicians and civic leaders.


Democratic Governance

Conflict Transformation and Policing


To strengthen transparency and accountability in the security sector in Zimbabwe. The organization will work to improve community-police relations and promote the use of conflict transformation and resolution methods. It will carry out a series of trainings in five provinces on community relations and conflict resolution, and it will conduct awareness around the new Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission.


Citizen Participation and Inclusion

Fostering Youth Political Participation 


To promote youth leadership and political participation in Matabeleland South and Midlands Provinces. The organization will mentor youth leaders and create platforms for them to engage in politics and local and national reform efforts, with a focus on increasing youth representation in government. The organization will strengthen emerging community-based organizations and coordinate with networks of youth activists throughout the country to defend and expand civic space.


Democratic Governance

Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Local Government Reform


To strengthen local governance through citizen participation and legislative reform. The organization will facilitate platforms for citizens to hold their local leaders accountable and lead policy dialogues around newly proposed local government reforms. The organization will advocate for the alignment of local government laws to the constitution, conduct expert analysis of proposed legislation, and mobilize citizens to participate in public hearings and advocacy campaigns.