What is Biometric Voter Registration | #SaveMotoRepublik | Gango Ed 23 | 16 Mar 17

So much noise around Biometric Voter Registration, but what is it? Why we should #SaveMotoRepublik
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“Leaders say "no" to corruption. Anyone playing a role in governance, and is not ready to do this is not a leader.”

― Israelmore Ayivor

Debunking the Myths around BVR and Elections in Zimbabwe

So the past few weeks have seen the state controlled media in an over-drive to discredit the mooted biometric voter registration (BVR) system which the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) have said it will use to come up with a new voters roll for the 2018 elections. The plan to use the BVR system in coming up with a new voters roll is of course part of ZEC’s moves to make elections in Zimbabwe more credible given the challenges the nation has faced in the past with issues around credibility of its electoral processes. But what really is BVR and why should we or should we not use it? Find out more here...

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ERC and ZESN on Biometric Voter Registration

In This week's podcasts, we speak to two election management experts, Tawanda Chimhini, who is the Director of the Election Resource Centre, and Ellen Dingani, from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, on the proposed Biometric Voter Registration system, what it is, its pros and cons and their views on recent reports that might affect the implementation of the system. Very informative discussions here, listen for yourself. Ellen ZESN


The State of the Education System in Zimbabwe

education in zimbabwe

This video is about the state of the Zimbabwean education system,  once considered the best in the continent, has suffered from a myriad of challenges which among other things include lack of public funding deteriorating standards and corruption in the key responsible ministries

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Trending on Social Media

Demolition of Moto Republik and the shrinking of civic space

Last week Moto Republic was given a one week ultimatum by the City of Harare to demolish their offices, built with shipping container structures. Initially there was an attempt by the municipal police to pull down the structures, but, however, halted after the intervention of Harare Mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni. The move by the Harare City Council to demolish Moto Republik is seen by many as an attempt by the government to silence the civic space especially those organisations that are critical of the government and public authorities, as we head towards 2018 elections. Activists, beneficiaries of the space and the general citizenry took to social media to register their frustrations on the city authorities in a show of solidarity to Moto Republik. Trending under #SaveMotoRepublik, Twitter was awash with solidarity as well as protest messages.

Read the people's contribution towards the Demolition of Moto Republik and the shrinking of civic space


Africa in Focus

Women are not your property, they are your partners to live with and respect

By Joseph Nkuruziza

Fostering gender parity in the socio-economic and political arena in Rwanda has been a successful endeavor, however, some reports still hint at a gloomier picture in the success stories of women empowerment in the country. As Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark the International Women’s Day, we have to recognize that the government of Rwanda has relentlessly strived to promote women’s economic empowerment in a number of ways. All the ways have been aimed at fighting all forms of injustice including gender based violence, ensure women economic empowerment and break the barriers that hinder women to reach their full potential in adding their contribution to national development.

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Communities in Action

Gwanda CBOs and taxi drivers petition Mayor, Town Clerk

Community Based Organisations in Gwanda have teamed up with the taxi drivers to petition the Town Clerk and Mayor over poor service delivery particularly its failure to service the roads which are now littered with potholes with some declared unserviceable and non-trafficable.  Read More


Community Based Organization Profile

Young Achievement Sports for Development

Young Achievement Sports for Development (YASD) is a capacity development forum for socially ostracized and disadvantaged youths who lack access to basic social services for normal community and human development. YASD aims at empowering youths and transforming communities through sport.

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Patriarchy and poverty - the voice of the forgotten rural women

By Kudakwashe Chakabva

Last week the world celebrated the International Women’s Day, a day observed in different fashions from fine speeches, pomp gatherings and of course highly celebrated on social media. But as this happened it was just like any other day for rural women in Mbire, Mashonaland Central, so deeply entrenched and ravaged by patriarchy yet living so far away from the speeches and not even aware of the celebrations.   Read More



By Kundai Manjonjo
If we had to pin point some of the rooms in a university that were probably stacked up with cobwebs, the career guidance office would probably be one of them if at all present. I guess I cannot categorize all the universities under the same umbrella, but from the few I have checked with basing my facts on some of the students’ pledges, over fifty percent did not seem to find it necessary to visit counselors or any of the kind. It appeared that most of the students were certain about their career paths including personal misfortunes. Well, maybe not all of them. The first and second year students were excited about acquiring new knowledge.    Read More


Anzisha Anzisha Prize for African Youth Entrepreneurs Opens Applications for 2017

Coveted fellowship to be awarded to 15 promising youth entrepreneurs

African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation today launched the 2017 call for applications for the Anzisha Prize; Africa’s award for youth entrepreneurs who are making their mark on Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape. Fifteen of Africa’s most promising business and social entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000, receive ongoing business consulting services, and connect to a global network of leaders.

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YouthPower Learning Grants Request for Application: Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism

Deadline : 13 April 2017

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is currently seeking applications for YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism.

The objective of the YouthPower Learning’s grant program is to engage US and developing country youth-serving and youth-led non-profit and for-profit organizations in efforts to further assess, evaluate, document, and disseminate innovative work in positive youth development (PYD) and cross-sectoral youth programming.

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CIVICUS: Guide to Reporting Civic Space: Media Toolkit

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all people, everywhere in the world, have the right to speak out, to organise, and to take action. These rights – the freedoms of association, assembly and expression – give us the freedom to form and join groups, peacefully protest, and advocate for the things we want – and to counter the things we don’t. These freedoms are called `civic space’ and are an essential part of a vibrant democracy; where debate and discussion thrive, and where people are able to contribute to important decisions that affect them.

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CALL FOR PAPERS for Journal of Peacebuilding and Development

Volume 13 Number 1

The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development is calling for papers for Volume 13 Number 1, which is to be published in April 2018. JPD foregrounds qualitative methodologies, especially empirically based case studies that facilitate grounded and fresh analysis to serve theory, policy and strategy development. JPD offers a space for scholars and practitioners to examine the logic and impacts of dominant policies and practices, and to cultivate visionary, holistic approaches striving to advance collaboration between the fields of peacebuilding and development. Our authors, advisors and editorial staff represent global scholarship, practice and activism.

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The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

Apply NOW! The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program, facilitated by the World Movement for Democracy, seeks emerging democratic leaders from around the world who are committed to building their leadership skills, enhancing their organizational talents, and harnessing their potential.

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MA in Peace and Conflict Studies – Coventry University

Applications are now open for our MA in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.

This programme provides students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of peace and conflict theories, issues and practices, and an ability to apply theory and case studies to the practices of peacebuilding in complex situations. With opportunities to develop critically reflective peace-making practices in a friendly and supporting learning environment, the programme promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and is underpinned with a concern for integrity and courage.

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Gender and Peacebuilding Online Course

10 Apr 2017 – 9 Jun 2017

The course constitutes an advanced course dealing with central structural arrangements conducive towards war, militarism, hegemonic masculinities, Femininities, nationalism, conflict creation and resolution, greed, and competitiveness and its consequent violence, including violence against women. The impediments specifically created by lack of gender equity will be analyzed, an analysis that is seen as pivotal for peacekeeping in times of rapid globalization.

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Zimbabwe Peace Exchange

Applications are requested to attend a peacebuilding conference in Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe Peace Exchange aims to bring together a diverse group of civil society organisations from across Zimbabwe, all of whom share a strong commitment to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, in order to share knowledge, experience and lessons, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

The Peace Exchange will be hosted by Peace Direct in collaboration with Envision Zimbabwe Women’s Trust. It will take place from 11 – 13 April 2017 in Harare (venue to be confirmed).

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