State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe

The meeting explored some of the most important challenges presently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to accelerate the process.

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Strategic communications for WWF

September 2nd, 2011

The Centre for Conflict Resolution has produced a policy brief based on a policy advisory group seminar that it hosted in Siavonga in Zambia, from 9 to 10 June 2011 on the theme “State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe”.

The policy dialogue was made possible through the support of OSISA and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

The meeting explored some of the most important challenges presently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to accelerate the process. It also developed concrete recommendations to
complement initiatives led by the government of Zimbabwe, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and external donors in Zimbabwe following a disputed election process in June 2008, which led to a Global Political Agreement (GPA) three months later.

In particular, the seminar sought to build on the achievements of this accord, which enabled the establishment of a transitional National Inclusive Government in February 2009 between the Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The advisory group found that, since Zimbabwe represents a unique case study for state reconstruction, innovative and creative solutions are needed.

The Zambia meeting focused on eight main themes: 1) Structural Transformation of the Economy; 2) Socially Inclusive Growth and Employment; 3) Land Reform; 4) Restoring the Health Sector; 5) Reviving the Education Sector; 6) Security Sector Reform; 7)the Role of SADC; and 8) the Role of External Donors.

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