Academia, civil society conduct Training of Trainers to strengthen citizen participation

This morning, the Public Policy and Research Institute of Zimbabwe (PPRIZ) alongside its collaborating partners, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), Development Studies Association of Zimbabwe (DeSAZ), Community Podium, Makokoba Development Trust, Youth Invest, Gweru United Progressive Residents and Rate Payers Development Association (GUPRARDA), and Esigodini Residents Association conducted a Training of Trainers to share training strategies for a citizen participation Training Manual.

The Training Manual aims to provide civil society actors and academia with information on the importance of participating in local development so that they take a leading role in monitoring the implementation of gender responsive policies. Trainers will use the information from the training, to train Local Participating Champions within various communities so as to strengthen citizen participation and teach citizens key skills to assist them to demand accountability from Chapter 12 Independent commissions

During the training the facilitator, Dr Rodrick Fayayo emphasized that the manual was designed for both experienced and inexperienced trainers.

Dr Fayayo highlighted that the Training Manual provides both theoretical and practical skills for effective engagement with various stakeholders including policy makers in Zimbabwe.

“An excellent facilitator is one who knows not only how to speak comfortably in front of an audience but can also convey the meeting process in a simple, concise manner,” said Dr Fayayo.

He explained that a good facilitator should be able to stay neutral and treat all participants as equals, regardless of power, personality types, personal opinions, or biases.












Dr Fayayo shared knowledge about community mobilization which was defined as the bringing together of the community for a cause. Trainers emphasized the need to create community structures in order to mobilise the community.

“All trainers should know the roles of elected leaders in the community where they will be mobilising people considering that successful advocacy can only be achieved by people who understand the local governance systems,” said DrFayayo

The manual focuses on how civil society actors should be familiar with the Chapter 12 Independent Commissions of the Constitution of Zimbabwe as these Independent Commissions are responsible for supporting and entrenching human rights and democracy as well as protecting the sovereignty and interest of citizens

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