Ruzivo Trust

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A Centre for Knowledge Excellence

The knowledge we generate through our research and development programmes and projects are aimed at ‘action for transformation’ through helping policy makers to make the correct decisions, and local players to design and implement appropriate interventions that responds to the livelihoods needs of the poor. “Sharing for Action” is our motto. In our work, we constantly analyze and package data into products for different stakeholders. We provide networks and forums with our published information for their own ‘action’. Through the publications, the findings and lessons are communicated to the public and networks. Nonetheless, the knowledge work of the Trust transcends academia, and for this reason some of the publications are targeted at the constituencies where we are working in rural and urban areas.

Book review: Water is Life

Book Review

Halem, A., Kameri-Mbote, P., and B. van Koppen 2015. Water is Life: Women’s Human Rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa, Weaver Press, Harare

by Getrude Gwenzi and Blessing Chitanda Ruzivo Trust, Harare

January 2016


This book is for enthusiasts on development and the water sector in particular. Water governance, management and the water sector as a whole is gaining prominence in view of climate change and general competition for natural resources. The book is an easy read though intimidatingly bulky, yet much of the chapters are grounded on a solid research foundation spanning from 2011 until 2014. The book was also a collaborated effort between the University of Oslo, University of Zimbabwe, University of Nairobi, Strathmore University, the University of Malawi and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in South Africa. This review provide a summary of key points in the book as well as issues that raise questions related to water governance in the Zimbabwean context and beyond.

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Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa

Edited by Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyene
ISBN: 9781848138797
248 pages

'This is a most welcome and timely addition to the growing literature on biofuels. It comprises an interesting mix of country (Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana) and broad studies, which raises serious concerns about the future of African smallholder farmers, usefully critiques the famous Brazilian biofuels 'success story', and makes a strong and surely unanswerable case for increased African intellectual engagement in this disturbing and highly dangerous field.' - Robin Palmer, Mokoro Ltd, Oxford, formerly Global Land Adviser, Oxfam GB

'Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa represents the most substantial collection of research to date on the implications of global investment for the local poor.' - Professor James Smith, University of Edinburgh

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