IIDF Organizational Structure

IIDF is governed by a Board of Trustees. Membership of the Board is drawn from across the world to reflect a world view on development issue. The operational modalities of the institute are managed by a management team comprising; Executive Director/ Team leader, Director for Programs, Program Manager, Finance and Administration Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and Field Officers

Why an Institute for facilitation of development

Establishment of the institute was necessitated by the realization by mainly development partners of the need to shift from implementing development work for communities towards an approach that builds “self-drive” for communities. Building self-drive entails, enabling the communities to build their own systems and capacities, for all areas of development that enable them to:

  • analyze their own situation
  • articulate the changes of the attractive future they want to make
  • translate goals into action
  • have lifelong learning
  • create alliances with other development partners
  • assess and self correct

Facilitation work by the institute is deeply rooted on community traditional values and norms, appreciation of existing community knowledge system, utilizing existing community institutions and systems as well as allowing communities to drive their own development agenda. The process allows communities to utilize existing knowledge, intelligently borrow from other experiences and continuously learn for sustainable development. It energizes existing community institutions and processes and generates community energy for self-drive towards and improved quality of life.

Values and Principles (CREDO)

  • Start with what communities know and build on what they have
  • Work with them not work for them
  • Plan with them not for them
  • Appreciate what they have
  • Let them be initiators(self-drivers) and innovators their own development
  • Not donations but partnerships
  • Not relief but long term development for self reliance
  • Continuously learn with them
  • Let beliefs and culture be the foundation for development

What We Do

Organizational and institutional development for community level structures and local authorities

The institute facilitates strengthening of household village and Ward level structures in rural areas of Zimbabwe. The process involves strengthening leadership capacities, improving various systems (planning, financial management, documentation, communication, event management, record keeping, etc). Most of these structures, in where the institute operates are now showing evidence of being active in spearheading local area development activities.

The institute also works rural district councils in improving capacity for service delivery. This mainly focuses on developing effective system that address various needs from the clientele as well as improving the capacity of the councils to improve revenue collection and income generation.

Community based planning

The institute facilitates activities aimed at strengthening planning process at various levels (Household, village, ward District). These processes have seen drastic improvement in the level of planning at these various levels e.g some families are now planning at the household level, through initiation of family businesses developed by the institute through WK Kellogg Foundation Funding.

Strengthening community documentation and knowledge management

The institute engages in strengthening community documentation, establishment of information management nodes, developing information and knowledge sharing infrastructure as well as capacity building of community knowledge workers. The institute envisages this processes as critical in developing models for creating learning communities that are important for sustainable development activities. These learning community models will provide lessons for other development partners.

Development of community monitoring and evaluation

The institute facilitates various activities around participatory base-lining, indicator development, community score cards as well as community monitoring and evaluation systems. These processes are continuously being viewed by the institute as critical in enhancing community learning and knowledge management activities. Examples include Chikutukutu village family projects monitoring system in Mhakwe ward of Chimanimani District in Zimbabwe, a community initiated system for tracking and monitoring milestones of progress for family based business enterprises.

Building of village economies

The institute facilitates initiation of community revolving funds. These improve access to microfinance by community members. In collaboration with partners such as Zimbabwe opportunities Industrialization Centre (ZOIC), Southern African Alliance for Indigenous resources (SAFIRE), the institute has strengthened a number of community based business organizations which contribute toward improvement of local business skills.

Promotion of cultural based development processes

The institute promotes models that focus on cultural based development processes. These models are routed in philosophy of Ubuntu/Unhu and how various principles of Ubuntu/Unhu can contribute towards local level social and economic transformation. The institute views these models as critical in restoring confidence in African values which ultimately drive African based development practices.

Strengthening community economic and life skills

The institute embarks on a number of activities that focuses on strengthening life and economic skills for rural communities. Part of the emphasis is on the modernization of some traditional skills to improve adoption by youths, examples include modernization of traditional pottery and crafts.

Strengthening Community health delivery system

The institute facilitates a number of community based processes aimed at strengthening community based health systems with particular emphasis on curbing impacts of HIV/AIDS. Efforts have also been made in the integration of traditional and modern health care system towards improving health delivery for marginalized communities.

Post graduate internship and undergraduate attachment program

The institute provides internship programs for graduate students who want to gain field experience. These programs enable graduates in various disciplines with a bearing of development to acquire practical exposure in a working environment. Students facilities are also available for carrying out research for Honours, Masters and PHD studies.