The Government of Zimbabwe has recently signed agreements with UNDESA and UNDP/Harare to embark on a preparatory assistance project leading to a comprehensive project on conflict management capacity building in Zimbabwe. The main objectives of the preparatory phase are:
- to facilitate a proper needs assessment process;
- to identify those sectors in which conflict management capacity development that would have the most strategic impact;
- to design appropriate strategies to implement a capacity building programme in those sectors;
- to facilitate 4 - 5 training workshops in conflict transformation skills development to build on the momentum achieved with the Nyanga workshop (offered to senior government officials and civil society leaders on 13 - 17 August 2001 for 25 senior representatives from government and civil society);
- to formulate a project document encapsulating the results of the needs assessment and capacity-building plan
Over the next four months, conflict transformation skills workshops are scheduled for parliamentarians, senior government officials, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, women’s groups, and the media to increase awareness and impart skills to these representatives of different development disciplines and sectors of society.
The project has also created an advisory group of eminent Zimbabweans from across the political spectrum. They have participated in an introductory session on conflict transformation and explored modalities for strengthening existing and developing new institutions for managing conflict. They are tasked to identify key areas for national capacity building in conflict management, after which the coordinator will facilitate in-depth analyses of each area by national and international subject matter experts.
The final project is expected to elaborate assistance such as, but not limited to: conflict transformation skill-building programmes for elected officials, civil servants, NGOs, private sector and civil society; technical assistance to develop the conflict resolution capacities of judicial, academic, management and public service institutions; and advisory services for the development of mediation facilities and other dialogue-building and conflict managing processes.