The world watched with hope that the July 30th presidential election would usher in a bright future for democracy and prosperity in Zimbabwe. However, the resultant contest and stalemate over the results, and the subsequent violence towards protestors and activists has revealed the need for continued support for a civil society working to protect rights and advance democracy in Zimbabwe.
Since the elections, the narrative has largely been shaped by the binary and polarising struggle for political power between the ruling party and the main opposition alliance, with the voices of civil society relegated to the margins.
However, as the new administration settles into office, civil society has begun to converge around a robust public accountability agenda that will hold public institutions and elected officials to account across the political divide, and prioritise its citizens’ interests and demands including:
• Protecting human rights and democracy
• Championing a people-centred economy, and
• Promoting social cohesion and national healing
While the current political climate appears dire, there are opportunities for funders to make a difference by amplifying civic voices and building a robust public accountability movement.
Speakers will include:
Briggs Bomba, Director, ZimAlliance
Shingi Munyeza, Faith leader and Businessman
Glanis Changachirere, Director, Institute of Young Women’s Development
Janet Zhou, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development