This project seeks to address the challenges that are confronting the local government sector, such as the severe structural challenges which are undermining its ability to provide universally accessible basic services to the citizen. The project is a continuation of the Capacity Building of Local Government and Service Delivery project than ran between 2012 - 2015 implemented by the Ministry of Local Government, Public works and National Housing.
The project seeks to expand the protection, scope and reach of human rights and deepen participation of citizens in accessing human rights services. This will be achieved through expansion of the protection and promotional mandate of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission through increased systematic case management processes, monitoring and inspection of places of detention, investigation of complaints and delivery of administrative justice to marginalised groups.
The programme has a longer-term vision of developing the institutional, organizational and electoral capacity of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). This vision is spread over a 5-year period 2016-2020 and is aligned with the ZUNDAF 2016-2020 and ZEC Strategic Plan 2016-2020, which is under formulation.
With a mandate to reduce poverty, the project seeks to provide some of the poorest communities with the resources (skills, financing, inputs, starter-kits etc) to enable them to leverage local resources and endowments for sustainable income generation. Capacity building support is also provided to national and sub-national institutions and structures to ensure strong design and implementation of pro-poor policies.
The project seeks to strengthen planning and budgeting processes, development and climate change adaptation investment frameworks at the national, provincial and district levels with a focus on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process for effective climate change programme/ activity implementation.