AS is with Zimbabwe shocking things happen. A Minister loots monies meant for manpower developments and taunts himself as Robin Hood and even boasts that he is pushing for addressing Gukurahundi atrocities. The President’s son in-law, with no traceable record in management, lands a top job at Zimbabwe’s struggling airline and the state propagandist shamelessly say it’s not ‘nepotism’ but ‘merit.’ The madness seems to have no end.
During the course of this week, we were told that a senior military figure Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba expressed some sentiments before Parliament (portfolio committee on defence and security) that the issue of corruption if not dealt with decisively can be a ‘serious national security threat with the potential to force civilians to protest the state’s inaction’. Put into context, these sentiments seem to stem from the ambiguous case of Minister Jonathan Moyo who is alleged, together with his deputy and officials at ZIMDEF, to have misappropriated public funds amounting to over US$500,000. What begins to worry is how, almost a month since these allegations were brought to the fore, the Minister and his co-accused continue to be ‘free men’, with powerful figures in Government alleged blocking their arrest and possible prosecution. Well, not really new many would say.
Over the years, Zimbabwe has witnessed numerous economic and governance challenges that have led to the erosion of most of the community socio-economic safety nets thereby compounding the myriad of vulnerability amongst most citizens. This point to the need for preventative long lasting solutions that will ensure the socio economic development of the marginalized grass roots in Zimbabwe. This was the philosophy behind the establishment of Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ); to uphold marginalized communities by supporting freedoms through economic and enterprise development initiatives that have a bearing on their wellbeing whilst investing and advocating for an enabling environment and the protection of our planet.
The Gambian government has announced on Tuesday that it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The West African country accused the world body of ignoring the “war crimes” of Western nations and seeking only to prosecute Africans.
Following Temba Mliswa's victory in the recently held Norton by-elections, many Zimbabweans expressed their concern over the need for urgent electoral reforms if we are to have free and fair elections in 2018. Mliswa won with 8 927 votes, beating Zanu PF’s Ronald Chindeza who polled 6 192 votes.
32% of the pupils in the Zimbabwe rural schools are out of school due to lack of school fees as poverty levels continue escalating. As a result they become vulnerable to the harsh economic conditions, child prostitution, child labour and early marriages are the end results.
Zimbabwe has in the past few days been seized with yet another big case of fraud and corruption making the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Mr Jonathan Moyo the case for newspaper and tabloids headlines. The Minister is facing allegations of having misappropriated an estimated USD430 000, some of which the Minister claims to have used to buy bicycles for traditional chiefs in Tsholotsho and some of it for fuel coupons for the Zimbabwe Youth. The money is alleged to have been siphoned from the Zimbabwe Development Fund’s (ZIMDEF) budget which was meant for tertiary education.
Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants Program
The Peace Development Fund makes grants to community based organizations working for social justice. It is committed to supporting organizations and projects that recognize that peace will never be sustained unless it is based on justice and an appreciation of both the diversity and unity of the human family.
Riau International Youth Summit 2016: Inviting Young People Worldwide
Youth and Sports Department of Riau Province is delighted to hold Riau International Youth Summit 2016 which is designed for young people from over the world to foster mutual understanding through dialogue and to deliberate development issues in countries. The summit engages selected youth into discussion and evidence sharing of youth work in their homeland.
PEPFAR/HeJAZ HIV and AIDS Media Awards Competition for Media Fraternity in Zimbabwe!
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partnered with the Health Journalists Association of Zimbabwe (HeJAZ) and the National AIDS Council (NAC), has launched the PEPFAR HIV and AIDS Media Awards Competition.The awards will cover Photo, Print/ Online and Broadcast Journalism categories. More Information
MasterCard Foundation African Scholars Program: Inviting Economically Disadvantaged Youth
The University of Toronto and the MasterCard Foundation is inviting applicants for its MasterCard Foundation African Scholars Program to provide full scholarship opportunities at the University of Toronto for economically disadvantaged youth who have excellent academic potential and a strong desire to create lasting development within their respective regions.
The Community Solutions Program, a fully funded four-month fellowship, is an opportunity to improve your leadership and management skills through online coursework, face-to-face training, and hands-on experience. Community Solutions offers you a unique opportunity to join a global network of nearly 400 leaders who are working to improve their communities.
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program hosts democratic activists, scholars, and journalists for five-month fellowships, bringing fresh insights and perspectives to Washington, DC. The fellowship offers an important opportunity to explore new ideas in a comparative context, undertake individual research, and share best practices with one another.
Consultant Services for Designing of the Adolescent Youth Friendly Health Services (AYFHS) 2016 Report
The main objective of the consultancy is to produce a print ready designed Adolescent Youth Friendly Health Services (AYFHS) Assessment report. Click here for specifications
Program Officer, Malaria Elimination, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
The Program Officer will provide direct day to day support to the provincial malaria team (PEDCO, PEHO, and other team members) to support execution of malaria strategies and activities. The Program Officer will serve as a primary support person for the province, with the exclusive focus on activities that further the province's malaria elimination agenda.