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 the areas where the institute operates are now showing evidence of being active in spearheading local area development activities.
The Institute also works with Rural District Councils in improving capacity for service delivery. This mainly focuses on developing effective systems 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 process


The Institute facilitates activities aimed at strengthening the planning process at various levels (household, village, ward and 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 the initiation of family businesses developed by the Institute through WK Kellogg Foundation funding.

 

Strengthening  community documentation at Chitrnderano

 

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 these processes as critical in developing models for creating learning communities that are important for sustainable development activities. These learning community models will provide lessons to 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. The processes are continuously being viewed by the Institute as critical in enhancing community learning and knowledge management activities. Examples include the Chikutukutu village family project 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 micro- finance 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 towards improvement of local business skills.

Promotion of cultural bases development processes.


The Institute promotes models that focus on cultural based development processes. These models are rooted in the philosophy of Ubuntu/ Unhu and how the 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 focus 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 the 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 the impact of HIV/AIDS. Efforts have also been made in the integration of traditional and modern health care systems 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 on development to acquire practical exposure in a working environment. Student facilities are also available for carrying out research for Honors, Masters and PhD studies.

 

Protection and promotion of human rights

The Institute boards on multitudinous actions that center on promotion and protection of human entitlements in urban and rural areas. The actions include facilitation of developmental projects accompanied actions that protect and promote human rights for instance the Resilience through Peaceful and Inclusive relationships (RePAIR) project that encompassed Community Scorecards process that brings service providers and users together to ensure quality service delivery without violations of rights to both sides. Awareness of rights, advocate on respect for all human rights and freedoms. Protects people against abuse and take necessary action to assist victims of human rights.