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Can data driven advocacy change the mineral revenue transparency landscape in Zimbabwe?

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 18 September 2017

Matebeleland South Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Indaba proceedings

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 08 September 2017

Contract transparency critical to enable public accountability in the extractive sector

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 25 July 2017

Local Economic and Social Development’s (LESD) role in shared prosperity

By Joshua Machinga | 20 July 2017

Great Dyke Alternative Mining Indaba: A Focus on Tax Justice Campaign

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 07 July 2017

Caledonia’s ESTMA Report: Accountability Opportunities in Zimbabwe

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 29 June 2017

Communities empowered to drive the tax justice campaign

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 16 June 2017

How Helpful or Harmful is RBZ Export Tax Incentive Scheme?

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 30 May 2017

Mining for development, it’s not just about tax revenue

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 10 May 2017




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KP public statistics not valueless but of less value: A call for dis-aggregated data

By Mukasiri Sibanda | 02 May 2017

Transparency is a “buzzword” to the discourse of ensuring that resource rich communities claim their fair share of mineral wealth. This blog focuses on public disclosure of diamond statistics by the Kimberly Process (KP), clearly, making a call to Australia, the current KP chair and KP host for 2017, to make KP public statistics more relevant to diamond rich communities in terms of holding government and mining companies accountable. For instance, to Marange, a diamond rich community in Zimbabwe. Transparency deficits in the diamond industry, without doubt, are aptly summed by the “missing $15 billion” from Marange diamonds.

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Community Data Extractors & Rights Based Approach to Budget Monitoring

Community data extractors from Marange & Arda Transau - By Mukasiri Sibanda | 01 April 2017

“We last received the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) funds in 2014 at Mavhiza primary school in Marange.” This comment was made by Mr Mavhiza, a Publish What You Pay Zimbabwe community data extractor, from Marange Development Trust, during a half day workshop facilitated by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) in Mutare on 01 April 2017. BEAM is a government social protection programme meant to support poor children to get educated.

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Zimbabwe: Dealing with environmental politics in a year of Cyclone Dineo and Mbare typhoid outbreaks

By Fadzai Midzi and Lenin Tinashe Chisaira| February 2017

The year 2017 has opened up with disaster scares in the form of typhoid, flooding in the high density suburb of Mbare in Harare and cyclone alerts in the southern parts of the country. Two people reportedly lost their lives whilst over a thousand cases were brought to the hospitals in the January typhoid fiasco.

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Zimbabwe: Can Parliament help reverse the Marange diamonds curse?

A blog on Parliament’s visit to the Chiadzwa/Marange diamond fields on 13-15 January 2017.The authors were part of the widely reported field visit. #ParlyVisit2MarangeBy Mukasiri Sibanda and Lenin Tinashe Chisaira| January 2017

Where is the missing $15 billion from Marange diamonds? This is an eminent question that is likely to be asked in any public discussion on the Marange diamonds. A state owned enterprise, the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) was created under the guise of promoting greater transparency and accountability in the management of Marange diamonds.

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Emerging questions from Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines’ tour of Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company

#ParlyVisit2MarangeNyaradzo Mutonhori Share Article : | January 2017

For two days, that is, on the 13th and the 14th of January 2017, members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines toured ZCDC and the Arda Transau Relocation Area. I had the privilege to be part of this tour. Last year the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development formed the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) to efficiently control, explore and mine alluvial and kimberlite diamonds in country.

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Time to Build People’s Advocacy for Development from Minerals

Matebeleland Alternative Mining Indaba 2016,September, 2016

The first ever Matabeleland Alternative Mining Indaba kicks off on 27 September 2016 in Bulawayo, the City of Kings. Ideally, the presence of mineral resources in a community should be a blessing and not a curse. Having rich mineral resources is an opportunity to improve the living standards of citizens for any resource rich country.

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Recommendations from the National Economic Symposium Break-Away Session on Mining

Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba 2016,September, 2016

Mining, essentially, value addition and beneficiation is one of the growth engines for the country’s development plans, the Zimbabwe Agenda and for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) and the Ten Point Plan.

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Views of a community member on benefits of Participatory Budgeting

Community Monitoring,October, 2016

Budget transparency helps us communities to understand how the income generated by the councils is distributed. This eliminates questions amongst the communities for example we might want to ask if the budget was done properly and if the needs of the communities were met.

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Women call for ecological restoration of Save River; condemn riverbed and say “It takes more than joint ventures to conjure up of environmentally friendly riverbed mining”

Gender in Extractives, | November, 2016

Sunday Mail carried a notification for submissions of views for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for alluvial mining and processing of gold mining along Mazowe River to be carried out by Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC).

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Mining for Broad Based Socio-Economic: Why Climate Change Management Is So Important

Climate Change, | November, 2016

It has been a long cry for government and local host communities to have the mining sector contribute towards socio-economic development of the nation. The mining sectors contribution to socio-economic development is currently under threat due to climate change.