Center for Research and Development It is a Trust, established
in Zimbabwe in terms of the PVO Act, registered in 2006
To promote human rights through civic participation for
sustainable community engagement.
and advocacy in resource management and civic education
to promote human rights.democracy, peace and sustainable
development in communities.
Social science research, baseline surveys, community based
monitoring, public seminars, community workshops, conferences,
policy dialogues, consultative meetings, training and capacity
building and publications
CRD is guided by the view that community participation is
key to the success of any intervention. All CRD projects
involve local communities in project planning, implementation
and evaluation. Community participation at all levels ensures
participatory development and sustainability of the project
after CRD has pulled out.
CRD’s publications is meant to inform and strengthen
policy advocacy on natural resource governance, management
and good governance.CRD also use its research to disseminate
information to its partners and the broader community on
the rights of communities to be active participants in the
management of resources found in their locality in order
to promote self sufficiency.
Primary beneficiaries continue to be communities living
in areas where natural resource exploitation is taking place.
CRD research and advocacy work also informs government and
CSO interventions in vulnerable communities in order to
safeguard the rights of communities to democratic governance.
Growth and Development
The CRD had its humble beginnings in January 2006 when,
with the help of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR),
it launched its civic education program in Makoni District
in Manicaland. The civic education project has now expanded
to Mutare, Nyanga, Chimanimani and Mutasa Districts
Unique Features of CRD
Apart from contributing to the body of knowledge, CRD does
action research which guides policy and interventions that
promote management of natural resources for sustainable
development of comunities in Zimbabwe.Conflicts associated
with resource mismanagement has severed the lives of rural
communities in Zimbabwe. Hundreds of artisanal miners have
perished whilst thousands have suffered severe injuries
after being caught panning for diamonds and gold. The
mobilizes communities to collectively engage government
and policy makers on resource management to ensure multiplication
of benefits for the communities whilst at the same time
safeguarding the environment.CRD also work with communities
in formulating peace building strategies or models that
are rooted in local knowledge in order to achieve positive
peace and development. Thus CRD is engaging mining companies
through Community Based Organisations(CBOs)to support the
implementation of intergrated sustainable developmental
projects that empower communities,upholding human rights
and building bridges of peace.CRD also provide capacity
building training activities to CBOs to increase their knowledge
on resource management.
CRD is a member of the National Association of Non Governmental
organizations (NANGO).The CRD is also a member of Publish
what you Zimbabwe Chapter and collaborates with members in
research and advocacy initiatives to promote transparency
and accountability in the extractive sector. On the continent CRD is a member
of the Governance of Africa’s Resource Network (GARN).
CRD was instrumental in bringing human rights abuses that
took place in Chiadzwa diamond fields to the attention of
the National, Regional and international community through
the KPCS. This culminated in international outrage, with
several governments and international organizations calling
on the Zimbabwean authorities to refrain from using violence
against artisanal miners and Marange villagers. In 2009
CRD received the Crisis Coalition award for Outstanding
Work in Promoting Democracy and Good Governance in Zimbabwe.