A community working with Heal Zimbabwe in Tsholotsho North has made progress in resolving conflicts arising from the management of the Communal Areas Management for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) programme. The Community Peace Club (CPC) working with Heal Zimbabwe organized a dialogue meeting on February 18, 2022.
The dialogue meeting was a follow-up activity to a Conflict Analysis and Resilience Assessment (CARA) meeting held in 2021 which noted that the mismanagement of CMPFIRE resources was the main driver of conflict in the community. The dialogue meeting was a feedback meeting on the Campfire audit review meeting held on February 17, 2022 in Sodaka, where auditors from the Tsholotsho North (DRC) Rural District Council addressed to communities. The Campfire committee chairman reported that the auditors’ audit revealed that two out of five water tanks purchased through CAMPFIRE funds for the local clinic and school block were missing. The dialogue meeting noted that development projects such as the construction of a classroom block in a local school have been derailed due to mismanagement of CAMPFIRE resources. but so far very little has been done,” added a community member. The dialogue meeting also signaled that more CAMPFIRE resources would be disbursed to begin construction of a classroom block. Moving forward, the auditors stressed that they will share the findings of their investigations with DRC officials and ensure that the matter is resolved before more resources are disbursed.
Other issues that emerged during the trainings include the deteriorating economic environment which inhibits the participation of community members in key meetings. Communities also highlighted the need to decentralize Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) voter registration centers to wards and villages. The CAMPFIRE program aims to help rural communities manage their resources, especially wildlife, for their own local development. Its objective is to reduce rural poverty by giving rural communities autonomy over resource management and to demonstrate to them that wildlife is not necessarily an obstacle to arable farming but a resource that could be managed to provide income. and food.
Heal Zimbabwe’s meetings are part of efforts to create dialogues among citizens, as this helps protect against human rights abuses and also helps build peaceful communities. Heal Zimbabwe uses various strategies to resolve conflicts in local communities. One such way is through the use of Community Dialogues, an initiative for communities to collectively discuss and identify ways in which they can come up with solutions to their communities’ problems. These platforms also facilitate conversations at the local level on relevant issues affecting communities and create socially cohesive communities.
Source: Cure Zimbabwe