Our projects in Zimbabwe

Action for better governance

This project aims to ensure that poor and marginalised people, especially women, will have greater influence on the decisions and policies which affect their lives, in order to reduce their poverty. This is done through building the capacity of Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and working directly with church leaders and community members to help them engage with local government. The main project activities include:

  • Training of CCJP personnel and parish members on good governance, research, policy analysis and advocacy techniques
  • Training for bishops and other church leaders on accountable governance and effective strategies to influence government policy and practice
  • Awareness-raising initiatives on civic education and rights, good governance etc. for community members through school-based training, youth theatre and literacy programmes
  • Supporting the establishment of faith-secular partnerships – bringing together Catholic church leaders and those from secular organisations that work on governance programmes to promote synergy between this project and other initiatives around governance in the country.

Start date: August 2011
End date: May 2014
Partner organisations: Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)
Locations: Chinhoyi diocese in Mashonaland West

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Conserving our land, producing our food

The project seeks to improve the quality of life of poor and marginalised people in Zimbabwe through more equitable and more sustainable management of natural resources, especially in the light of climate change and resource scarcity. The main project activities include:

  • Setting up farmer field schools on agro-ecology
  • Promoting the adoption of soil and water conservation farming techniques by the communal farmers
  • Training farmers on food processing, value addition and preservation techniques
  • Setting up and training Village Savings and Loans groups
  • Setting up and training Environment Action Groups (EACs) on the management of natural resources
  • Training Environment Africa field officers on agro-ecology, marketing and business development, and lobbying and advocacy
  • Engagement of EACs with the local and district authorities on environmental legislation/by-laws
  • Advocacy - producing policy briefs, agro-ecology manuals and publications on agro -cology and product development
  • Documentation of case studies and success stories on successful initiatives for sharing and replication

Start date: May 2012
End date: April 2015
Partner organisations: Environment Africa Zimbabwe
Locations: Guruve, Nyanga, Zvimba

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund

This project is also being implemented in Salima district in Malawi.

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Hear our voice! Speaking out for HIV services and care support

This project aims to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase access to HIV care, support and prevention among poor and at-risk groups, specifically employees, truck drivers, prisoners and children vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. The specific objectives include:

  • To increase HIV knowledge, reduce stigma and discrimination and provide care and support to groups vulnerable to HIV, including inmates, prison officers and long-distance truck drivers;
  • To increase the voice, influence and capacity of people living with HIV, vulnerable groups and their representative organisations to represent their rights and improve service delivery and policies that affect their lives;
  • To increase access to prevention and care services, and reduce levels of stigma and discrimination by promoting the development and implementation of workplace policies and programmes in small/informal companies and in the transport sector; and
  • To increase the capacity of local implementing partners to improve their response to the needs of PLHIV and those most vulnerable to HIV.

Start date: August 2011
End date: August 2014
Partner organisations:
Zimbabwe Association of Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Offender (ZACRO)
Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC)
Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention and Support Organisation (ZAPSO)
National Employment Council for the Transport Operating Industry (NECTOI)
Locations: countrywide

Funded by Comic Relief

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International Citizen Service (ICS) programme

Progressio Zimbabwe participates in the ICS programme, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development. Progressio ICS places UK volunteers aged 18-25 years with local organisations where they work alongside local young volunteers on community, education, livelihoods or environmental projects.

From January 2014, Progressio ICS volunteers in Zimbabwe will be working with the partner organisations DOMCAP and Simukai child protection programme.

You can read more about Progressio ICS in Zimbabwe here.

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