The Alliance of Community Based Organizations (ACBOs) is a convening space for community-based organizations based and working in local communities across eight Provinces of Zimbabwe. The ACBOs was formalized in 2016 and is a space for capacities sharing, strategic collaborations and solidarity for community based organisations. The ACBOs assumes a rotational leadership and is currently convened by the Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD). Currently the ACBOs comprises of 13 community-based organisations.
Given their nature of being embedded in grassroots communities, the ACBOs share some of the traditional approaches to community organising and mobilisation towards issues that affect citizens with a broader goal of advancing democratic development in Zimbabwe. In April 2017, in the run up to the 2018 Harmonised Elections, the ACBOs came up with their collective strategy for elections mobilisation, electoral education and continuous electoral environment monitoring. This focused on the rural populace hence it was a Rural Engagement Strategy (RES).
67,62% of Zimbabwe’s population resides in rural areas hence the focus of the RES was on that populace.
The RES had three key focus areas which were, Community mobilisation, Local Electoral Advocacy and Long term Local Electoral Observation. This report thus shares a continuum of observations from the period September 2017 to September 2018.
Source: Alliance of Community Based Organizations (ACBOs)