Tracking mining tax revenue use for advancing gender responsive public services
A local Non Governmental Law Association is seeking to carry out a research on tracking mining tax revenue use for advancing gender responsive public services. The organisation’s motivation to carry out this research emanates from an observation that over the years, mining in Zimbabwe has been identified as one of the sectors that underpins the country’s hopes on economic recovery, stabilisation and generation of maximum revenue for socio-economic development. There was once a blueprint, aptly named the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation ZIMASSET (2013-2018) which was anchored on mining. Achieving the vision to transform the country into an upper middle-income economy by 2030 is hinged on mining. Through the mining strategy that was launched in October, last year, the Government is targeting to realise US$12 billion annually from mining by 2023 . However , poor mineral resources governance remains a cause for concern. The management of mineral resource extraction and mineral revenues remains largely opaque . Thus, while mineral resources juridically belong to the citizens, the very same citizens are not being privy to the mining contracts agreed to with foreign investors in their localities; the mineral revenues accruing to Treasury and the use of the revenues for broad based social development. Assessments have been done before with a view of keeping track of the revenues from mining sector. However, there is need to track specifically the mining tax revenue and its use for advancing gender responsive public services. It is against this background that the organisation seeks to engage a consultant to undertake a research on how mining revenue is being used to advance gender responsive public services. The research will enable mining communities and civil society to play their role to ensure participation, monitoring and holding authorities to be transparent and accountable to ensure mining benefits the citizens especially women and other marginalised groups of the society. The 2013 Constitution gives a muscle for CSOs and mining communities and the citizens at large to oversee public resource management. Its emphasis on good finance management and the need for public administration and state institutions to be driven by transparency, justice, responsiveness and accountability to parliament and the people, improvement of mining concessions negotiations, monitoring performance of state contracts, and approval of international treaties and agreements provides adequate grounding for the proposed research.
2.0 Research Objectives
The following are the research objectives;
• To analyze the current trends in mining tax revenue use for advancing gender responsive public services and identify corrective measures that need to be taken, to inspire an active campaign by both local communities and PWYP members towards holding government to account.
• To give recommendations to government on mining tax revenue use for advancing gender responsive public services
3.0 Key Deliverables
• Produce a Research Report on the current trends in mining tax revenue use for advancing gender responsive public services recommendations on corrective measures that need to be taken, to inspire an active campaign by both local communities and PWYP members towards holding government to account
• Presentation of research report to the PWYP coalition members and other stakeholders for validation of findings.
4.0 How to Apply
Interested and qualified Consultants who meet the above requirements should send their application clearly stating how they meet the requirements, methodology to be used and cost of the consultancy to: email@example.com
PWYP members are encouraged to apply.