To support poor and marginalised citizens, especially women and youth, and their organizations in challenging unequal power relations and influencing the management and utilization of natural and local resources for improved service delivery.
• Empowering citizens to affirm and claim their constitutional social and economic rights: The focus of the programme is on promoting awareness and conscientization of citizens, especially women and youth, on constitutional social and economic rights; strengthening citizen participation in policy processes; strengthening engagement between civil society and human rights related constitutional commissions; and influencing the implementation of the constitution.
• Extractives and local level public accountability: Focus is on improved transparency, accountability and corporate governance by state and non-state institutions in the allocation, management and utilization of land and mineral resources, influencing pro-poor inclusive development and the efficient delivery of water, sanitation, agricultural and sexual and reproductive health services to poor and marginalized communities, especially women and youth.
• Supportive legislative and policy environment: Focus is on influencing formulation and/or implementation of national and sub-national policies on Local governance systems, Extractives and land; influencing the alignment of these laws and policies to the constitution; and influencing practice changes, to address inequality and poverty.
Projects Funded under this programme
• Influencing the legislative framework for improved service delivery and accountable management and utilization of public and natural resources. Project currently being implemented by 4 Partners namely Law Society of Zimbabwe; Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe; Women In Politics Support Unit; and the Institute for Sustainability Africa. The project’s overall aim is Laws, policies and processes that govern the utilization of public and natural resources are reformulated and implemented in line with the new constitution to protect the interests of poor and marginalized women and youth. To date 4 legislative audits have been done on local governance, mining, land and agriculture and natural resources and environmental laws and policies to ascertain the gaps. This will lead to the development of bills for advocacy purposes.
• Enhancing citizen participation in social and public accountability on socio-economic rights in Zimbabwe. The Project is implemented by 2 Partners namely the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe. The project aims to enhance citizen participation or involvement in social and economic rights in order to strengthen demand and supply side capacity in accessing basic services as a means of promoting public accountability and democratic governance in Zimbabwe. The project has focused on promoting sustained dialogue between local authorities and their stakeholders, and to work with local authorities in areas of good governance and accountability.
• Extractives work: the major focus has been on promoting participation, transparency and accountability in the sector. Work implemented includes supporting the Publish What You Pay network which is a network of civil society organizations working on extractives. Oxfam, in collaboration with UN Women and ZELA, are currently championing the formation of a gender and extractives platform, owing to the dominance of the sector by men, and little is known about the gender dimensions of the sector and how to get traction in this highly sensitive sector. Oxfam has also worked with the Human rights commission to document cases of human rights violations in mining communities, and is currently following up this work through promoting dialogue between the communities affected and the mining company.
• Constitutional literacy work. This project focuses on increasing Zimbabwean women’s capacity to demand their rights under the new constitution of Zimbabwe, through increasing their awareness and knowledge of their rights as enshrined in the constitution. The project is implemented by the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe.
Our route to bringing change at scale
• Work on conscientising people on their rights and enhancing the full participation of citizens in the policy formulation, implementation and evaluation;
• Focusing on building capacities and confidence for women and youth leadership to stimulate transformative change at individual, community and institutional level, towards the right to be heard;
• Advocacy for dialogue space for citizens to engage duty bearers on the use of natural and local resources; and
• Convening platforms of national and civil society organisation working on extractives and land to unify their agenda and strengthen collective activism.
• More poor and excluded people know about their constitutional rights including their rights to organize, to information, to public participation and to equal justice.
• Government, the private sector and other power holders are more responsive to citizens’ voices and participation. The interests of the poor and excluded are on the agenda of decision-makers and are responded to through policies and legislation.
• Natural and public resources are well managed through participatory decision-making that includes poor communities and civil society.
• Civil society is more legitimate and capable of organizing to represent the interests of poor and excluded people.