Dialogue Financing Facility (DFF)

What is this project about

 A DFF supported Social Good Summit on leveraging innovation and technology for development held on the 25th of September 2013. Photo - UNDP Zimbabwe

UNDP Zimbabwe recognizes the facilitation of dialogue as one of the three main priority areas in its Programme and Action Plan, as well as in the ZUNDAF. The Dialogue Financing Facility was established in 2004 as a strategic facility to act as an enabler for key policy traction in transition development processes in Zimbabwe. The DFF therefore employs the principles of 'multi-stakeholder dialogues' as a basis for creating spaces where UNDP, government and non-governmental stakeholders can engage constructively in unclogging any bottlenecks that undermine possibilities for policy traction on key development issues.

Project Outputs:

  1. Strengthening Capacities And Equipping Key Stakeholders With Dialogue,Negotiation And Mediation Skills
  2. Facilitate And Support The Convening Of National Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogues for Policy Advocacy on Development priorities
  3. Building capacity for partnership development through multi-stakeholder policy and practice in Zimbabwe
  4. Leveraging Dialogue For Peaceful Co-Existence In Zimbabwe

Key Achievements

  1. 15 policy dialogues on issues of national importance convened. These policy dialogues provided a basis for consensus building among key stakeholders for policy traction on priority development issues and national processes
  2. The DFF has facilitated the establishment of a Dialogue Reference Group, in its effort to create a knowledge hub and community of Practice on dialogue in Zimbabwe. The Reference Group is comprised of representatives from Government, NGO, Faith Based Community, Academia, Individual Practitioners, Private Sector and the UN
  3. The DFF has through technical input supported the development of a Draft Guidance Document and homegrown Toolkit on dialogue featuring Zimbabwe’s best practices and Case Studies.
  4. In collaboration with National Stakeholders, the DFF has also supported the establishment of a virtual online dialogue platform to serve as a knowledge exchange and learning space where Zimbabweans participate in dialogue on national development initiatives.
  5. Facilitated structured citizen’s involvement and participation in policy making and hence development. By supporting policy dialogues in Zimbabwe, the Facility contributed to increased citizen engagement in policy and decision making processes
  6. Local and National Platforms for Structured social, political and economic dialogue for sustainable development have been strengthened. As a result there is fostered collaboration and stakeholder engagement in constructive decision making processes.
  7. Supported capacitation for peaceful co-existence and effective establishment of an architecture for peace through broad-based participation of CSOs, Faith Based community in enabling community-based peace dialogues and CPMRT facilitation
  8. The DFF has finally been active in strengthening partnerships to advance dialogue on national priority issues, through its engagement with the Cultures and Arts Sector (through Culture Fund), the Justice Law and Order Sector (by strengthening the JLOS Steering Committee), Youth, the Churches, Civil Society, Academia and the Business Community.

Planned Future Activities

  1. Build on experiences gained and lessons learned through the implementation of the DFF to support Policy Advocacy Work around the establishment of the NPRC and Implementation of other policy directives
  2. Sustain policy and practice dialogue for collaborative and inclusive development and partnership establishment
  3. Strengthening Capacities And Equipping Key Stakeholders With Dialogue, Negotiation And Mediation Skills
  4. Facilitate And Support The Convening Of National Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogues for Policy Advocacy on Development priorities