Securing Zimbabwe’s Future for the Youth

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Securing Zimbabwe’s Future for the Youth

The 22nd and 23rd of February 2018 saw more than five hundred young people convening for the National Youth Summit organised under the National People’s Convention banner which ran under the theme, “Secure Zimbabwe’s Future for the Youth”.

Youths made a commitment to assume responsibility to participate in civic spaces including electoral processes, not just as voters, but in various capacities as candidates and pledged to be the vanguard of independent thought, innovation , non-violent activism and to create a new culture of peace and tolerance.

The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) also led a youth discussion on Tax Justice and Service Delivery. The youths called on the Government to improve on public finance management by reducing leakages that are perpetuating tax evasion and illicit financial flows in pursuit for improved service delivery. They also made a submission calling on the Government to manage national debt by shunning borrowing from Multilateral Institutions but instead leveraging on domestic resource mobilisation and utilisation.

The youths also challenged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) to continue advocating for tax justice through petitioning and challenging tax evasion and illicit financial flows, building the capacity of Local Authorities and citizens on tax justice issues and also creating and sustaining interactive platforms for communities to engage on issues of service delivery. It was noted that most youths do not have the opportunity to participate in advocacy spaces to push for their interests and hence it is critical for CSOs to increase geographical coverage in their awareness raising and advocacy initiatives.

Youths who met under the Land and Natural Resources Governance Commission coordinated by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) called on the Government to carry a non partisan land audit and ensure equitable land reallocation that prioritises young people. In the mining front, they demanded the finalisation of the Mines and Minerals Act with people’s views fully incorporated. The issue of climate change was also interrogated with Government called on to work on strengthening interventions on climate adaptation and wetlands management. 

CSOs, CBOs and FBOs were called on to lobby for the review and finalisation of the mineral resource governance laws to improve on transparency and accountability and advocate for thesupport of pro-youth policies and ensure that they fully benefit from mining revenue.

The following are some of the submissions made according to different Commissions;

Employment, Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods

Government

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The Government should create decent jobs for youths and develop a responsive rights based policy for the informal sector.

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Ensure apolitical and equal access to financing and support of entrepreneurs.

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Formulate favourable laws and provide incentives to organisations targeting young people.

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Work on an open business  drive which should not be externally looking but also support business incubation by young people through provision of grants for research and start ups.

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The Government should ensure that business investments have a mandatory allocation towards youth development and job creation.

CSOs, CBOs and FBOs

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This sector must engage and advocate for the implementation of relevant policies.

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They should facilitate research and provision of evidence on business incubation and support capacity building for entrepreneurs.

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They should ensure there is transparency and accountability on Government programmes and other processes targeting young people.

 

“We are reclaiming our space as young people and redressing a vicious cycle of exclusion-Ostallos  Siziba

Education and Skills Development

Government

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The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment should conduct awareness raising programs on legal provisions for youths and ensure the full implementation of the National Youth Policy.

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should employ young people in the electoral process.

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The Zimbabwe Youth Council should organise regular interface meetings with young people.

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The Zimbabwe Gender Commission should ensure that 25% of the 50% women’s quota is aged between 25-35 years.

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Chiefs as custodians of culture should act in a non-partisan manner.

 

CSOs, CBOs and FBOs

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The media should lobby for freedom of expression and report fairly.

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Churches and other FBOs should encourage youths to participate and a have a voice on national development issues.

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CSOs, CBOs and FBOs should work in a non partisan way and lobby for the implementation of the youth quota as well as lobby political parties to publicly support peace.

The Youth summit organised by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) saw Commissions building up on the key asks that were developed by the youths during the inaugural National People’s Convention held in November 2018. A complete plan of action will be developed and shared widely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 13:30

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