Zim CSOs play critical role over EU-Govt partnership

By Nhau Mangirazi

CHINHOYI- Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) play a critical role in monitoring National Indicative Program (NIP) implementation as signed between Zimbabwe Government and European Union (EU) on transformations of citizens’ livelihood.  The EU availed 234 million EUR covering health, agriculture based economic development and governance where CSOs got a portion of 6million EUR.

National Association of Non-Government Organisations (NANGO) Executive Director Leonard Kundishora said CSOs play a vital role to monitor and report effectively on EU-Government programs.

He was speaking during Mashonaland West CSOs and CBOs downstream training here

Kundishora said, ‘‘The training will capacitate you as cadres from both rural and remote areas to see how the European Union has helped the Zimbabwean Government to transform citizens livelihoods and how responsive is the Government in implementing programs funded by the EU since the grant was availed in 2015. As CSOs/CBOs, you play a crucial role in terms of reporting on service delivery and social accountability to check on progress of the Zimbabwe-EU NIP. The training is anchored on the Social Accountability Framework that offers constructive engagement between demand-side and supply-side leading to effective service delivery,’ he added.

Kundishora said this will advance how the sectors including health, agriculture and governance will prop up various developments and transformation of citizens’ rights.

Chinhoyi Residents Trust representative Peter Liwanda blamed Parliament for failing to play its oversight role due to personal benefits.

‘‘It is shameful that our Members of Parliament held Finance minister Professor Mthuli Ncube at ransom that they will not support the previous budget until their demands on cars and allowances were met. They are failing their duty of representing the majority in the august house,’ said Liwanda.

In a telephone interview Chegutu senator Movement for Democratic Change Senator Hon Violet Paneari Moketsi cast doubt on President Emerson Mnangagwa government commitment to improve health sector and achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030 calling it another ‘tiger paper policy document’

She said, ‘ Zanu PF party has never changed its policies where few benefit at the expense of majority wallowing in abject poverty.. We have seen best documents signed by late former president Robert Mugabe since independence but few of these have made impact. We had best infrastructure but now deteriorating because of lack of good policies by our Government. The whipping system by political parties blindfold us all as divided politics of the elite and poor, we are counting loses as a nation,’

However, the downstream trainings will ensure that CBOs and CSOs to monitor the program, report and advocate for the full implementation of the project. It will cover health, agriculture, governance/human rights, youth and women and disability.

Non-Government Organisations including Zimbabwe Aids Network, SAPST, among others are part of the training partners in the program