Promoting Citizen Demand for Social and Economic Rights in Zimbabwe

By Masego Madzwamuse | July 30th, 2013

This proposal requests institutional support for ZIMCODD a Zimbabwe based socio-economic justice coalition established in February 2000 to facilitate citizens’ involvement in pro-poor and broad based policy formulation. The institutions work is informed by the view that Zimbabwe’s indebtedness, tax injustices and the unfair global trade regime and lack of democratic people-centred economic governance as the root cause of the socio-economic crises in Zimbabwe. Over the years and with the support of OSISA, ZIMCODD has played a pivotal role in facilitating vibrant spaces for interrogation and analysis of debt, loan contraction, monitoring government expenditure at grassroots level. At a time when Zimbabwe is going through a critical transition period post the constitutional referendum, the upcoming election and a long-term economic recovery path there is an even greater need for the coalition to sustain vibrant grassroots engagement with issues of debt management, tax justice, development aid effectiveness trade justice and other campaigns for strengthening socio-economic rights in Zimbabwe.

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of ZIMCODD to be a vibrant movement for social and economic justice.

The specific objectives are as follows:

1. To promote enforcement of justiciable and sustainable social and economic rights in the constitution and progressive policies in Zimbabwe; 

2. To develop a platform for discourse around development aid effectiveness as well as influence accountable and transparent finance management; 

3. To build capacity and empower small scale producers for fair and just production, marketing policies and sustainable rural livelihoods.

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