CivActs is an initiative that seeks to amplify citizen’s voices, facilitate dialogue and co-creation of solutions between communities and leaders to promote accountability in the community development process. The CivActs Campaign gathers concerns and questions from communities across the country to eliminate information gaps between the government, media, NGOs and citizens.
Through our partners, including NAYO, VISET and Amandla Trust, CivActs has hosted community listening sessions in Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Goromonzi and Harare (Mbare and Glenview). The sessions help residents to identify their developmental challenges, and were attended by numerous youth, women, men and people living with disabilities. They also provided an opportunity for elected and appointed leaders, including councilors, Members of Parliament, informal traders and residents’ associations representatives to interact and engage with community members on these issues.
Among the issues discussed:
Including the non-collection of refuse, poor roads, poor drainage systems, potable water shortages, poor health services, poor access to sexual reproductive health services for women at public health facilities, electricity outages, lack of vending bays for informal traders, lack of WASH facilities at vending bays.
Irregularities in the allocation of vending bays and residential stands, law enforcement agents soliciting bribes from citizens, corrupt land barons falsely selling land.
People living with disabilities failing to access services at public facilities, e.g. community boreholes. Exclusion of women from key meetings with local authorities.
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Source: Accountability Lab Zimbabwe