Youth Initiatives for Community Development (YICD)
Youth Initiatives for Community Development is a youth driven, non-profit making, community organisation based and operates in Mutoko District, Mashonaland East Province.
The organisation is registered as a Trust and its thrust is to work with and engage communities to promote innovative and action-oriented strategies and solutions in addressing community challenges. Envisioning an empowered youth population that fully participates in governance and development initiatives and a just, sustainable, healthy and productive communities that are food secure, self-reliant and self-sustaining, YICD seeks to empower and promote young people to participate in governance and rural development initiatives.
This is aimed at ending poverty and building a sustainable, healthy and productive rural communities through research, advocacy, capacity building, information dissemination and livelihood projects.
The organisation is an affiliate member of two networks, one global and the one regional, Publish What You Pay (Zimbabwe Chapter) and International Alliance on Natural Resources Africa. (PWYP) is a global coalition of civil society organisations united in their call for an open and accountable extractive sector, so that oil, gas and mining revenues improve the lives of women, men and youth in resource-rich countries and that extraction is carried out in a responsible manner that benefits countries and their citizens.
The International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa is a continental network of 41 non-governmental and community-based organisations, as well as national networks in 12 different countries. IANRA combines community organising, research, and evidence-based advocacy to collectively strive for more just and sustainable use of natural resources that can lead to more inclusive development in Africa.
Locally, the YICD works with other like-minded organisations in advancing human rights issues especially in the extractive industry where there is gross violations of human rights as local communities are either exploited or displayed by the mining companies.
It is the organisation’s strong belief that youth and young women have the qualities to play a crucial role play in socio-economic, political and cultural development of their communities hence the need to mobilise, organise, engage and equip them with knowledge, information and skills that will empower them actively engage in community development. The involvement of young people in Mutoko District at grassroots level help them in seeking sustainable solutions to address challenges affecting them and offer hope to their community, a community that is crippled by poverty, corruption, human rights violations, poor governance, degraded environment, unemployment, climate change, inequality among other challenges.