Transforming Relations between Local Government and the Urban Poor in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation (ZHPF) was founded in 1998 and is one of 33 members in the Shack/slum Dwellers International (SDI) Network. Writing for the Human Settlements Group of The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Beth Chitekwe-Biti explains that the ZHPF partnership with the City of Harare has led to more inclusive,…

Internal displacement: Community based planning leads to sustainable development in Zimbabwe

Internal displacement often implies that people are left without a home, work and income, and the opportunity to an education. Since 2000, due to various government policies and actions, many Zimbabweans have been facing that situation. Although some progress was made by the government by acknowledging the problem of internal displacement, many displaced Zimbabweans are still…

Foreign land acquisitions in Africa : an analysis of the impacts of individual land deals on local communities

Abstract: Analysis of foreign land deals on local communities in 6 countries shows that the impact was mostly negative. In most cases local smallholder lost their land, while others lost their grazing areas, all without meaningful compensation. Promised benefits should be made explicit and evaluated. Author(s): Makochekanwa, Albert Source(s): , 31 p., ill., tab Published:…

Money, corruption, and political competition in established and emerging democracies

Abstract: [Partial preview] The effectiveness of public subsidization of political competition as an alternative to contributions from the private sector is examined, especially from the perspective of its possible anti-corruption effect. Cases include the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh. Author(s): Mendilow, Jonathan Source(s): , xv, 211 p. Published: 2012 Lexington, Lanham, MD [etc.] (English ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-7391-7076-2/…

Using strengths-based approaches to community development in Zimbabwe : are we ready?

Abstract: More than 30 years after the advent of strengths-based approaches to community development, preference for the discredited needs-based paradigm continues in Zimbabwe. They are generally more involving, longer term and slower at showing tangible results. Author(s): Maruta, Samuel Source(s): , Southern peace review journal (SPRJ); Vol. 1, No. 2 p. 51-68 Southern peace review…

Enhancing local governance through local initiatives : residents’ associations in Zimbabwe : review

Abstract: The establishment of resident associations as a way for residents to contribute to good and transparent governance within their local authorities is discussed, especially in relation to budgetary processes and recent poverty issues in Zimbabwe. Author(s): Mapuva, Jephias Source(s): , African journal of history and culture (AJHC); Vol. 3, No. 1 p. 1-12, ill.,…

Local government reform in Zimbabwe : a policy dialogue

Abstract: On 3-4 November 2009, a seminar was held on local government policy in Zimbabwe. Subjects included: socio-economic transformation, local government institutions and elections, local government financing, traditional authorities, local government functions and supervision of local government. Author(s): Visser, Jaap De; Steytler, Nico; Machingauta, Naison Source(s): , State, peace and human security studies xv, 151…

Zimbabwe in transition : what about the local level?

Abstract: An examination of local governance in Zimbabwe in 2009 showed that local administration officials are much better educated and more experienced than local elected officials. Contrary to the opinion of these local officials, citizen involvement is actually quite weak. Health care is in a poor state. Author(s): Bland, Gary Source(s): , RTI research report…

Action learning case-study : community based planning (CBP)

Abstract: Community-based planning (CBP) is a form of participatory planning which has been designed to promote community action. This case study focuses on the methodology as developed by the original project drawing on the experiences of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Author(s): Searle-Mbullu, Rachel; Reynolds, Kian Source(s): , 16 p., ill., tabs Published: 2007 African…