Strengthening Human Rights in Governance & Transparency – Mid-Term Review

The GTF programme has been and remains a relevant programme in the context of Zimbabwe. The country remains polarized. Mainly because of the political impasse, rights abuses are widespread, and although awareness of rights is growing, there remains much ignorance about rights. Rights are also difficult to access for many due to the cost involved and also because awareness and access to NGO services is limited. Thus, it is clear that the programme is relevant to Zimbabwe and its future development as well as to DFID’s country assistance.

The environment in which the GTF has operated has been very difficult at times. The programme was delayed during the first year due to the political and economic turmoil and violence. The ongoing polarization due to the political impasse has made the operating environment difficult, including CSOs having limited space to operate, e.g. little access to mass media such as radio and television. The depressed economy and high unemployment have continued to impoverish Zimbabweans putting many rights out of reach. The formation of the GNU has, however, enabled engagement with government agencies that was not possible before.

Despite the above difficulties, the GTF programme has contributed to some significant achievements. The CPs activities of training, advocacy and lobbying have created greater awareness of rights and how to access these and this has resulted in public demonstrations and greater openness to talk about the rights of stigmatized groups. The ‘naming and shaming’ of perpetrators appears to have been very successful in reducing repeat perpetrations.

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Design and development supported by HURIDOCS.