The Moving Forward Together for Peace with Justice Initiative seeks to use Peacebuilding as a tool to bring Zimbabweans together and resolving their intergenerational challenges as one society by incorporating the traditional values of Ubuntu. To mitigate the effects of a breakdown in rule of law and a lack of trust in the judiciary and legal processes, ZimPI is implementing alternate dispute resolution projects, Mediation and Negotiation, drawing from the Traditional reconciliation principles of ukukhumelan'umlotha or kusvutisana fodya.
To this end, ZimPI is liaising with the government of the day in Zimbabwe (GoZ) for cohesion and stability. A memorandum of understanding with the GoZ through its Minister of Provincial Affairs and Devolution has been established to fill in the gaps as civil society. This new methodology was launched at Meikles Hotel Harare 03 December 2020 with the Imba Mukadzi/Umuzi ngu Mama.
ZimPi is also addressing the issue of polarisation with evidence-based conversations at grassroots levels and supporting inclusive National Dialogue.
Formalisation of the economy
The economy is Zimbabwe is largely informal. The informal sector is fertile breeding ground for corruption, which is now endemic in society, affecting business growth. ZimPi is working with stakeholders in the informal sector and Government to formalise the economy and curb the spread of corruption in society.
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS WITH/BY COMMUNITIES LIVING IN MARGINALISED URBAN, PERI URBAN AND RURAL AREAS FOR PEACEBUILDING AND RECONCILIATION
ZimPi is involved in the restoration of Women's Clubs Development Model (1938) for household and community support. ZimPi are providing skills training in green entrepreneurship which are Covid compliant. These include home-based businesses and online-trading. ZimPI is assisting with WIFI, Digitalisation, marketing, access to credit and providing education on production, value addition and paying tax to restore dignity to individuals which in turn creates long-term respectful and democratic social relations.
NATIONAL PEACEBUILDING ARCHITECTURE LOCATED AT MSU
ZimPI, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) and Zimbabwe Lawyers Association, are providing a framework for restorative justice by implementing the principles of Ubuntu Traditional reconciliation. ZimPI facilitated a meeting between the President of CLA, Brian Speers, and the Chancellor of Midlands State University Prof. Victor Muzvidziwa.
FORGING LOCAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Partnerships for Peacebuilding
ZimPI works with Horasis Global Visions Community to mainstream Peacebuilding discussions – connecting traditional values to scientific research. Horasis meets every year in Portugal.
ZimPI works with regional and international partners and universities to develop personal, household, and community mechanisms for mental health wellbeing.
Mainstreaming Peacebuilding into discussions: connecting traditional values to scientific research, Portugal annually, except when Covid-19 postponed the 2020 meeting.
ZimPI/Psychosocial Support and Care
Locally, ZimPI is working with Zimbabwe Psychiatrists, a professional body establishing mental health wellbeing, psycho-social support and care mechanisms from families and communities. ZimPI is looking to engage various international partners/universities, developing personal, household, and community mechanisms for mental health wellbeing.