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CCMT’s Statement on Africa Day 2021

Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) joins Africa in commemorating Africa Day. This year, the commemoration run under the theme: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa we Want”. The African Union theme of the year 2021 presents an opportunity for the continent to celebrate its great Pan Africanists who have played and are still playing a key role in African development.

We believe that art, culture and heritage can nurture peace by providing a voice to the oppressed and the marginalised groups in communities. It enhances the relevance and legitimacy of the process of attaining peace. The African culture is a universal culture that joins and unites the Africans towards peace, thus a very important tool in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. In Africa, the increased use of art and culture have strengthened communities and have established conflict prevention mechanisms which are very successful.  

As CCMT, we pay tribute to the fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price in the African Union’s peace support missions in pursuit for the security and peace on the continent. Their sacrifices have led towards attaining the Pan African vision of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa. As a peacebuilding organisation, we believe that peace is possible in Africa and we envision an African society that believes in peace and manages conflicts constructively. We envision an African society where people actively participate in creating economic and social justice by transforming all forms of conflict constructively. We encourage members of the African Union to work together towards the goal of peace and security and to also intervene in conflict-ridden societies so as to commend people to reach mutual agreements through art, culture and heritage. We call upon the African Union to protect all human rights by practicing mutual understanding, tolerance and solidarity.

We encourage the African Union to continue to promote shared values within the continent and beyond. The day gives the African continent a chance to reflect on the progress that it has made, and it also gives the continent an opportunity to unite towards pursuit of the Agenda 2063 core aspirations.  

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The story below was published on page 11, NGO NEWS DIGEST, 1 April. To download the whole Digest, click here: NGO NEWS Digest Issue 4 April 2021
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The following article was published in Business Connect Newspaper on 25 March 2021

CCMT’s citizen journalism training to counter reckless mining firms
By Edward Mukaro

50 environment monitors from Runde and Zvishavane Districts who are also the Centre for Conflict Management Trust’s (CCMT) community liaison committee members have been equipped with citizen journalism training, as a way to check the waywardness and reluctance of mining firms in the maintenance of the environment.

The CCMT reports that there have been a number of reported deaths related to unfilled mining pits, as people, especially children have lost their lives due to the ignorance of mining companies operating in different communities across the country. A recent land degradation report by the Environment Management Agency (EMA) 1 127,79 hectares (ha) is degraded land, in Zvishavane, mainly because of unsustainable mining and farming activities.

In a report to this publication, the non-governmental organisation said the purpose of the training was to equip the mining host community members in Runde and Zvishavane, with citizen journalism training which they will use to report and monitor the mining companies that they play host to.

“They will use the skills to demand Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to monitor the environment since most mining activities, especially chrome mining leaves unrehabilitated open pits, which are as deep as 120 metres and as wide as 11m.

“These pits are posing a threat to both human and livestock lives. We targeted our CLCs whom we work with, they are the environment monitors. “So with the training, we hope that they will use the skills to report effectively on issues that concern them, like development and environment issues,” said CCMT.

From this training, the NGO also hopes that CLCs will make use of their photography skills to capture quality images and also make use of social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook to demand their social and economic rights to responsible stakeholders and local authorities.

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CCMT is also hopeful that the training will equip women miners to advocate for their rights in mining as they are underrepresented.

“They (women) will also advocate for maybe policy changes and ask for funds that can support them in their mining activities.”

The training by CCMT is set to go a long way in bringing mining firms and syndicates to account for their activities, especially in the Midlands Province’s main economic activities are anchored on the vast mineral resource base along the 300 kilometre stretch of the Great Dyke.

Land degradation costs the global economy between USD$18-20 trillion annually (UNCCD, 2019). Sustainable Development Goal 15, Target 15.3, aims to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030.

The following article was published in the Echo News on 20 March 2021

NGO empowers communities to fight environmental degradation in Zvishavane

A local Non-Governmental Organisation Centre for Conflict Management Trust (CCMT) has embarked on a programme to empower community members in Zvishavane to be environmental watchdogs, following a successful training program on citizen journalism. CCMT this week held a two day training citizen journalism, which they say will help the community members to demand the respect of their rights from mining companies that are operating in their communities.

“The citizen journalism training will help the host community to demand their economic and environmental rights from the mining companies that they play host to.” CCMT communications officer Helliet Nyamunda said.

The training targeted 50 Community Liaison Committee members (CLCs), who were drawn from six different wards in Runde district, and are expected to be environmental monitors in their communities who will champion the respect for environment in the mineral rich district. Zvishavane is part of the mineral rich great dyke and boost of several mining activities by both established and small scale miners, as a result of the massive mining, there has been several conflicts emanating from the degradation of land or mining companies encroaching into the communal lands, however, the training seeks to bridge the gap and empower communities to speak out.

“The citizen journalism training is meant to equip the mining host community members in Zvishavane with citizen journalism training which they will use to report and monitor the mining companies that they play host to.” Nyamunda said. She added that CCMT’s thrust was to impart skills and knowledge to the communities so that they can be able to demand Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) from the mining companies in their areas. Nyamunda pointed out that chrome mining was one of the major contributors of land degradation with some leaving pits that can go deep as far as 120 metres, posing a threat to both humans and livestock.

“The CLCs will use the skills to demand CSR, to monitor the environment particularly chrome mining which leaves open pits which may go as far as 120metres and these pits are posing a threat to human life and livestock. Last year in October, two children who had visited their grandparents lost their lives after falling in one of the pits, while several reports of community members losing their livestock have been made.” she said.

The training also targeted women with the hope that they can use the skills they attained to advocate for their rights in the mining sector, where they are hugely underrepresented.

CCMT’s Statement on International Women’s Day
Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year, the commemorations run under the theme: 
“Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. 

The Covid 19 pandemic has widened the inequality gap between men and women, in addition to an increase in Gender Based Violence cases. On this day, CCMT would like to celebrate the brave men and women in the remote rural areas of the country who have stood up to challenge gender inequalities, stigma, stereotypes and violence.

CCMT calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe to put women at all tables where decisions are made, including in Covid 19 response task teams. The United Nations has analysed Covid 19 task teams in 87 countries and found out that only 3.5 percent of them have gender parity. This is worrying and has to be addressed forthwith.

This can be done by fully implementing the National Gender Policy and the relevant constitutional provisions that promote gender equality as well as ensuring that institutions mandated to promote gender equality such as the Gender Commission are fully resourced.

 

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CCMT takes this opportunity to celebrate women who are at the forefront in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as nurses, scientists, doctors and caregivers and encourages government, civil society, private sector and all the relevant stakeholders to provide them with all the necessary support that they deserve including flexible working arrangements and provision of services to prevent Gender Based Violence. 
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Capacitated irrigation schemes, catalyst to a food secure Zim
By Edward Mukaro
This article was published in The BusinessConnect Newspaper, 2nd – 8th October 2020

The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) has embarked on a governance-training spree of Small Holder Irrigation Schemes (SHIS) to improve the country’s food security, as Zimbabwe’s current drought and food security issues have remained dire over the past decade, exposing millions of people to food insecurity and poverty, despite the fact that the country has one of the highest proportions of irrigated land in the region.

Currently, CCMT is in the Midlands Province, where three Irrigation Management Committees (IMCs) are being trained on governance issues. In a report released to The BusinessConnect by CCMT, the issue of governance in SHIS is as prominent as they come since it determines the functionality and the productivity of irrigation schemes, hence the need for concerted efforts to assist ISs to produce to their maximum potential.

“Although governance has worked for some irrigation schemes (ISs), it has not worked for the majority of ISs, as demonstrated by their failure in their objective to improve food security and alleviate poverty, as the schemes have either failed to meet the expected productivity levels or in some cases have failed to function at all.

“IMCs, just like any other organisation, are expected to exercise their authority in a way that embraces and promotes good governance principles in their day-to-day management to enable the effectiveness and efficiency in the running of scheme affairs,” said CCMT.

However, CCMT is of the view that the failure of ISs is also down to the fact that some IMCs have not been able to exercise their authority as expected, due to a number of factors, including:

“…Lack of clarity on whether ISs are autonomous bodies capable of making decisions or not, limited leadership and management skills, external interference by leaders in the greater scheme area and beyond, inter-generational differences, gender, ethnicity, culture and land tenure.

“A survey that was conducted by CCMT in 2017, revealed that the failure to adhere to the principles of good governance was one of the key drivers of conflict and in consequence, inhibiting productivity as farmers spent more time trying to resolve these than being productive or failing to operate at all.”

Bad governance is one of the most underrated production inhibitors, yet it accounts for most of the reasons why SHISs fail. Focus is more often than not directed towards hardware issues, that is, ensuring the availability of farming inputs and implements, availability of the necessary infrastructure for water storage and conveyance.

CCMT further noted that some of the handicaps to IMC committees is that election of leadership is largely based on the popularity of candidates who want to be in the IMC or imposed, hence, the selection process does not pay attention to the candidate’s qualifications or capabilities.

The Government of Zimbabwe through the ministry of agriculture, in partnership with IFAD, are implementing a project titled ‘Small Holder Irrigation Scheme Revitalisation Programme’ (SIRP), whose goal is to support irrigation development and revitalisation of existing ISs with a view to enhancing the management of ISs and improve agricultural productivity in the country.

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Above: This photo shows fields successfully irrigated under the Insunkamini Irrigation Scheme in the Midlands, which was assisted by CCMT training in good governance and conflict transformation and went on to win first prize in the National Irrigation Competition late last year and is now a flagship success story.

Below: Current deliberations: CCMT in partnership with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development is conducting a Leadership and Conflict Transformation Training Workshop for 3 Irrigation Management Committeesfrom Mayoka, Hama-Mavhaire and Exchange Irrigation Schemes under the Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme in Gweru.

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CCMT Statement on International Day of Peace 21 September

Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Peace. International Day of Peace is a day to celebrate the importance of peaceful coexistence and cohesion in the world over. Peace Day is observed around the world each year on 21 September. International Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace together. This year’s theme of International Peace Day 2020 according to the United Nations is “Shaping Peace Together”. International Day of Peace is celebrated every year on 21 September. To celebrate the day, CCMT is inviting people globally to share and spread compassion and kindness in the face of the covid-19 pandemic that has affected nations in the world as many people have succumbed to the deadly virus.

The day has been set aside to raise awareness and education on peace building issues.This year’s commemorations came at a time when the world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic which has infected approximately 30 million people and killed approximately 1 million people wordwide. In Zimbabwe, the disease has infected over 7000 people and killed over 200 people. The day also comes when the country is going through a political and economic crisis coupled with the shrinking democratic space and increases in the number of state sanctioned human right violations. International Day of Peace offers an opportunity for different parties and community stakeholders to work towards peace together. It is there to mainstream violence and conflict in societies.

At CCMT we believe that peace is possible if conflicts are constructively dealt with and if communities work together peacefully for a common cause. We envision a society where people actively participate in creating economic and social justice by transforming all forms of conflict constructively. We call upon all stakeholders who include political paties, social groups, religious groups, youth and women to work together to promote social and economic justice in Zimbabwe and the region. We believe that the right to peace entails not only the absence of violence but also the protection of all human rights and the realization of development objectives. This can only be attained when individuals and societies recognize not only their rights but also the rights and needs of others by practicing tolerance, solidarity and mutual understanding.

As CCMT we call upon all groups in the community to stand together against gender-based violence, political violence, resource-based conflicts and social conflicts. We also condemn attempts to use the virus to promote hatred, discrimination and stigma. 

CCMT Statement on International Youth Day - 12 August 2020

Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) joins the global village in commemorating International Youth Day under the theme Youth Engagement for Global Action. Youths constitute over 60 percent of the Zimbabwean population. This demographic dividend has to be harnessed by ensuring that youths are not only at the centre of peace building processes, but ensuring that the youth voice is the loudest in answering the great social, economic and political questions of the day. That is what youth engagement for global action entails.

CCMT will take the International Youth Day Commemorations as an opportunity to reflect on the progress and or regress it has made in building an active citizenry amongst the youth for development and peace building processes. This year’s commemorations come when the world is grappling with a global pandemic of Covid 19. Disease, just like poverty and hunger, are some of the greatest threats to human security and hence peace.

Putting youth at the centre of peace building processes, in line with UNSCR 2250, entails enhancing their proactivity in the fight against the pandemic, whose impact in Zimbabwe, like in most parts of the continent and the world, is disproportionate on the youth.

Their capacities to pursue gainful economic activities and to engage with their duty bearers for community development has been decimated by the lockdown induced restrictions. CCMT calls upon all the youth groups it works with; the Buddie Mentors in Epworth, Mbare and Chitungwiza, the Youth Women Community Lobby Groups in all the 8 districts of the Midlands Province and the Community Liaison Committees in Zvishavane to take advantage of their energetic postures to not only fight against Covid 19, but to assert their rights through occupying the centre stage of peace building and development.

CCMT also calls upon the government, its agencies and all development partners to work towards creating space for youth participation in building a better and prosperous Zimbabwe.

Click here for our new CCMT Newsletter First Edition June 2020. Click here to read our 2019 Annual Report.
July 2020: Domestic Violence Cases Spike During the Coronavirus Lockdown: article by Helliet Nyamunda
The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global disaster, and governments across the globe have taken quick and extreme measures including national lockdowns to constrain the movement of individuals outside of their homes, thus diminishing their physical contact with others. Lockdowns and isolations are fundamental to limit the spread of Covid-19. However, they trap the victims of domestic violence with their perpetrators together. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence cases..... Read full article
Click here to watch this full broadcast discussing development induced displacments.

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Situational Analysis Report on Impact of Covid-19 on Irrigation Scheme Communities in Gweru and Mberengwa of Midlands Province of Zimbabwe: June 2020
The production of this Situational Report was prompted by the declaration of Covid-19 as a national disaster by his Excellency Cde E. D Mnangagwa in his capacity as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Within less than 10 days, Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 had thrown into disarray plans and operations that most irrigation communities had in place.
In such a short space of time normal lives were impacted upon by factors beyond communities’ control.....
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Zimbabwean Government Needs to Contextualise COVID-19 Lockdown Protocols to Fit Local Conditions
Governments all over the world have imposed lockdowns of varying intensity limiting movements of people within and across national borders, ordering people to stay at home and practice social distancing to curb the spread of the highly infectious World Healh Organisation as a global public health emergency.WHO has gone on to issue protocols for the national lockdowns and quarantine of infected and suspected people-effectively placing 80 percent of the global population under house arrest-limiting personal travel to essentials such as shopping of food and seeking medical attention.... Read Full Article
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The Insukamini Irrigation Scheme success story - after addressing areas of conflict with CCMT
Around 2015, a once-vibrant irrigation scheme in Lower Gweru was facing collapse. There was a plethora of problems, including in-fighting among members over the control of the irrigation scheme which resulted in their failure to settle Zesa and Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) debts.  Crops wilted and members left with nothing.

Fast forward to January this year, Insukamini Irrigation Scheme is now the pride of the Midlands Province and the 150 members from Insukamini area are now proud to be associated with its success.

The irrigation scheme recently scooped first prize at the 2019 National Irrigation Competition, winning
$30 000, a trophy and seed maize from various seed companies. Siyalima Irrigation Scheme from Mashonaland Central Province came second and received $25 000, while Magokobi Irrigation Scheme from Matabeleland South Province was third and got $20 000. They all received seed maize from various seed houses.... Read Full Article

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Plethora of problems affect irrigation schemes output

 

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