Chitungwiza Community Development Network (CCDN)
Chitungwiza Community Development Network (CCDN) is a youth serving community based organization that was formed in August 2010. The organization is registered with the Zimbabwe Youth Council and operates in Chitungwiza and surrounding areas.
It works largely with young people and has a total membership of 2 480 youth and a network of more than 100 trained citizen journalists.
Envisioning human rights and fundamental freedoms for all CCDN has carried quite a number of programs that support human rights and encourage young people to participate in the political and developmental processes of their respective communities. The Gender Equality and Equity program sought to promote the principles of gender equity and equality in Chitungwiza through awareness of Constitutional provisions and legal instruments that promote women’s rights and gender equality. It also helped raise awareness of international and regional best practices and principles in gender equality, equity and achieving gender parity.
The program also sought to emancipate young women from the cycle of gender based violence, abuse, exploitation and discrimination. The organisation also held the Active Citizenship and participatory rights program which among other things sought to promote active participation of young people of Chitungwiza in local governance and development processes. The aim of this program was to provide young citizens with opportunities to participate in community development, influence policy and decision making processes in an effort to promote accountability and transparency of public and private institutions.
The organization also organized activities like youth leadership training workshops, community meetings, meet the candidate electoral debates, road shows and community outreaches to activate and motivate youth to participate in governance processes. Currently CCDN is in the process of mobilizing Chitungwiza residents to register as voter using the Biometric Voter Registration process ahead of 2018 elections.
CCDN is also working toward promoting communication rights and access to information through alternative media, thus the organization through the new media and use of citizen journalists has successfully established a citizen reporting platform for Chitungwiza, Chitownews and trained over 30 citizen reporters and 30 (Trainer of Trainers) in citizen journalism.