Community Development Draft Policy, a roadmap to build resilient societies

By Tendai Guvamombe(Kadoma)

The Government of Zimbabwe has moved a step further in aligning policy frameworks and implementation measures aimed at advancing community developmental Agenda inline with National Development Plan, Devolution Polices and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

The raft of measures follows the validation of Draft Community Development Policy and Implementation Strategy.

The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development with a technical support from United Nations Development Programme held Draft Community Development Validation Workshop from 20 -23 October in Kadoma this year.

This received an overwhelming endorsement from all stakeholders comprising Parliament of Zimbabwe, various Government Ministries, Traditional leadership, Civic Society and youths among others.

Melusi Matshiya Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development in a speech said the government has a mandate to craft Community Development Policy that speaks to Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and National Development Plan ahead of Vision 2030.

“As we validate the draft Community Development Policy there is need to be guided by Our Constitution and current development strategy the National Development Plan for 2021 to 2025 as well as Vision 2030 of having an upper middle income economy. As we validate the policy document and the Implementation Strategy we should ensure that the Policy proffers strategies that contribute towards ending poverty, creating employment and sustainably utilize our resources for the present and future generation,” he said.

Luveve Legislator and Member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development said communities have been lagging behind and implementation of the draft policy will be a game-changer to enhance community development.

“We have noted that communities have been lagging behind the goal of development and the draft policy document is expected to enhance community development by encompassing various aspects that speaks to people’s expectations in thier respective communities.”

Chief Charles Chabvutagondo Chirau, a member of National Chief’s Council echoed similar sentiments saying the important draft policy document offers an inclusive approach and the involvement of traditional leaders will ensure success in community development.

“I am glad the draft process has also encompassed us traditional leaders which means that it that offers an inclusive approach in order to bring out the best in community development.”
The consultation and Validation of the draft policy went under scrutiny as participants were debating on pertinent issues on conflict resolution, devolution and the question on who should implement the final policy.

The inception of the New Dispensation ignited the need to review the draft policy inline with notable developmental changes transpiring over time. This looks at climate change, Vision 2030, Agenda 2063 and disaster risk management among other pertinent issues.

The Validation of Community Development and Implementation Strategy Draft Policy will paveway for adoption towards end of year.

Tendai Guvamombe