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ZELA has successfully carried out evidence based research activities that have helped to shape and influence legal and policy reforms and practices in the extractive and natural resources sector. In addition, has grown to be a leading voice and player on extractives in the country and beyond. This is evidenced by ZELA’s leading and coordinating role and successes in initiatives such as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the Publish What You Pay Campaign, the Zimbabwe Mining Revenue Transparency Initiative (ZMRTI), advocacy on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA) among others.
Facilitated the formation, registration and capacity building of more than 20 community-based groups that were registered, as common law trusts in both rural and urban communities. Most of these groups are effectively engaging in promoting environmental, economic, social and cultural rights as well as legal and policy reform processes. With much effort and application of resources, ZELA has witnessed local communities using litigation, community monitoring, petition writing, advocacy and negotiation to claim and enforce their rights. The community groups were also supported by ZELA with financial resources/seed funding for their projects.
ZELA has also applied the concept of community monitoring in the mining sector. This has now been adopted by other civil society organizations and community groups for purposes of collecting and documenting information on mining impacts at the local level. The Chiadzwa Community Development Trust in Marange, the Great Dyke Community Network and the Save-Odzi Community Network are just examples of community groups that we work with and are applying the concept of community monitoring. In fact we registered the groups.
Chairing the Steering Committee of the Alternative Mining Indaba which is a regional movement and largest organized networking meeting on mining issues
Coordinating organization of the largest multi stakeholder engagement platforms on mining in Zimbabwe under the ZAMI and PAMIs
Pioneer organization promoting good governance of the natural resources sector such as responsible investments, transparency and accountability.
Working with communities in natural resource rich areas to identify gaps in natural resources laws. This has enabled ZELA to use a bottom up approach in advocating for legal reforms regulating the sector.
Contributing towards the creation of a pool of environmental lawyers and social justice activists in Zimbabwe through its internship programme and outreach programmes to Universities
Advising and providing training to parliamentarians, particularly, the Portfolio Committees on Mines and Energy and Environment, Water and Climate Change on natural resources and mining issues.
Coordinating the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), Local Focal Point mechanism for Marange which monitors diamond mining operations and provides civil society reports to the KPCS
Participating in legal reforms influential in the Constitutional Reform Making Process resulting in environmental rights being included in the new constitution in Zimbabwe. Establishing of national civil society networks such as the Publish What You Pay Zimbabwe Chapter.
Influenced discussions in Zimbabwe leading to the formation of a taskforce that is working on the establishment and launch of the Zimbabwe Mining Revenue Transparency Initiative (ZMRTI), which is a Zimbabwean version of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). ZELA is the leading CSO in this process and has managed to influence government to include other CSOs.
Litigated on natural resources and environmental cases that have created precedence especially in the water sector