Ruzivo Trust

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Advocacy and Policy Engagement Programme (APEP)

The studies from the programme that formed Ruzivo Trust show that the practical problems that are faced by poor communities stem from policy inconsistencies, policy omissions and acts of commission that are not in the interest of the poor. As issues of access are addressed, the policy issues to translate ownership into productive use of resources remain. The Zimbabwe land reform is proving that just owning a piece of land does not translate into sovereignty or poverty eradication. Rather, it is what you do with land that matters. Some of the policy arenas are to do with land rights for women, the youths, and the poor, uncertainty about farm workers policy, land ownership in model A1 and A2, what the land owners are allowed to or not to do with the land allocated, unclear natural resources management regimes, lack of clarity about the role of different institutional players. It is these specific policy gaps that require further introspection through the advocacy, brokering and policy influencing role of Ruzivo. The strategic interventions of Ruzivo are in advisory expertise, lobby and advocacy, brokering, and building relationships.

Communicating for transformation:

To engage policy makers at all levels so as to use RUZIVO Trust research results to influence livelihoods in the broadest sense. Ruzivo has become an important resource for government, farmers, farmer organisations, development agencies, and civil society. Being a hub that get invited to contribute to society has provided scope for developing a hub of information, that even students of development, gender, economics, agriculture try to access. The knowledge and information we disseminate appeal to the various stakeholders that exist or likely to exist. These include local partner organisations working in similar environments elsewhere in Zimbabwe and internationally as well as general, research and decision users.

Current Policy advisory work

Land Advisory and Brokering

Evidence and findings from Ruzivo's research concluded that the practical problems faced by farmers stem from policy inconsistencies, policy omissions and acts of commission aimed at entrenching power interests. For example, the Zimbabwe land reform is proving that just owning a piece of land does not translate into sovereignty or poverty eradication. Rather, it is what you do with land that matters. In a way the "new poor" farmers on the land remain vulnerable due to the policy gaps in the programme. Some of the policy arenas are to do with land rights for women, the youths, and the poor, uncertainty about farm workers policy, land ownership, what the land owners are allowed to or not to do with the land allocated, unclear natural resources management regimes, lack of clarity about the role of different institutional players. These specific policy gaps require further introspection through advocacy, brokering and policy influencing.

Brokering: Ruzivo has played a tremendous role in this regard, especially through the donor working groups on land, through engaging government on policy matters and within civil society. It is expected that Ruzivo can have a strong basis from which to consolidate and advance and market the organisation. In order to be effective in using the information and knowledge, we turn to brokering as a basis for building relationships, especially in a society where relationships had seriously broken at many levels, locally (due to political party support), nationally and internationally (due to broader politics permeated by differences between the Western Countries and the Government of Zimbabwe then).

Engagement and Facilitation: This bottom-up approach of Ruzivo helps in understanding society's challenges, needs and values, perceptions as a basis for tailoring interventions that help communities to address poverty, underdevelopment and marginalisation. We also realise that this work cannot be accomplished by single organisations, and require the building of coalitions. Gradual, regular and intensive processes of engaging development agencies and relevant government ministries (e.g. Ministry of Lands) within the Land Working Group will be employed. In this case, Ruzivo brings on the table its knowledge, organises one-on-one meetings, and group sessions where we facilitate the dialogue process, produce reports and share with the parties.

Gender and Agriculture

gender-and-agricultureAggregating the role and responsibility of men and women is key in better understanding agriculture. Ruzivo invests on research in this area, and has used gender as a basis for policy development working with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Mechanisation Development. Given the centrality of Agriculture in Zimbabwe and the distribution patterns of access to land, technology, finances, labour, information and extension, Ruzivo uses its research to address gender inequalities. This is done through analysis of policies, governance structures and strategies employed the duty bearers, while also giving practical recommendations of how these need to be reformed and monitored.

 

Economic Empowerment

The economic empowerment project explores policy avenues for strengthening the micro and macro economic situation in the country for the benefit of all citizens while addressing prevalent poverty challenges. Through ongoing research around key economic sectors - productive, service, sectors, - Ruzivo Trust identifies platforms for civil engagement on the formulation and implementation of policies affecting the empowerment of ordinary citizens. We have in the past brought together government, private and civil society actors to dialogue on broad based economic empowerment as a strategy to avert harsh economic realities manifested in poverty levels of at least 90%, structural unemployment and recurring food insecurity and declining human development. Ideally, any economic empowerment policy and its implementation should reduce poverty for the majority of the people, and enhance societal welfare, guaranteeing food on the table for every Zimbabwean. The optimal model must fulfill aspirations of the population through being broad-based, pro-poor, creating new wealth and massive employment, in order to positively impact the lives of all Zimbabweans, including the grassroots people, the youths, women, elderly, disabled and other vulnerable groups.

Social Development policy

All the programming work carried out at Ruzivo is about people, what they do and how they live. Through focusing on livelihoods, a key objectives is to make the life of people better through addressing poverty. In this context, Ruzivo engages in social development policy across its programmes. The key parameters of social policy interventions are on: the rights of the poor to a sustainable livelihood, the rights of women, and the rights of vulnerable communities to equal development. The current flagship social development policy is captured in the Impact Evaluation of the HSCT, where the aim is to establish the best form of intervention of helping the poorest of the poor by focusing on food security, access to services, enterprise development and asset building.

 

ZABC networking

zabc-networkingThe Zimbabwe Agro-biodiversity Consortium (ZABC) is a grouping of five organisations that seek to enhance the socio-economic and environmental security of women, men and youth in rural communities of Zimbabwe by promoting diverse agricultural and entrepreneurial practices. Ruzivo Trust utilizes the platform for networking and sharing on agriculture biodiversity issues with other consortium partners, Dabane Trust, FACHIG, ZOPPA and CTDO.

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Greendale, Harare
Zimbabwe

 

 

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