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21st February, what’s in it for the young?

It’s the 21st of February, a public holiday in Zimbabwe declared “Robert Mugabe National Youth Day” in 2017. For young people, is the day worth celebrating? The day comes at a time when the Zimbabwean economy continues to shrink at an alarming rate. A significant number of young people have …

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Leveraging on innovation to enhance environmental justice: Envirobot

Written by Richard Ncube, Rodrick Moyo and Josephine Chiname  (Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association) Introduction As the world drives towards the fourth industrial revolution, innovation, information and communication technologies (ICTs), have become indispensable to our daily lives. In that regard, it is becoming almost impossible for any service provider to achieve …

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Who wins if Zimbabwe Joins EITI?

By Mukasiri Sibanda & Marco Zaplan Recent news, which the government has not refused, suggested that Zimbabwe is not keen on joining the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). By joining EITI, the mining sector – the main engine for economic growth, would have been opened for citizens to question government …

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Understanding the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process: A critical component of community monitoring.

By Joshua Machinga-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association Mining communities are often the ones to bear the effects of environmental, social and cultural devastation that comes with the extraction of resources within their localities. As such, community’s participation in mineral resource governance is critical. The Environmental Management Act (EMAct) (Chapter 20:27) section …

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Transparency and the challenging path to accountability, lessons from Gwanda mining community

Mukasiri Sibanda, Emily Nickerson, and Bekezela Maduma Giant strides, in the past decade, have been made by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign to improve the extractive sector transparency landscape world over. The results are quite telling. 51 countries are now implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a global best …

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Child Rights and why they matter in environmental justice and mining

By: Josephine Chiname Introduction and Background In Zimbabwe, the discourse centred around environmental justice in the mining sector has developed over the years. Environmental justice has emerged as an important part of the movement calling for responsible investors who respect and promote a clean and healthy environment in host mining …

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ZELA Press Release-Stop the Machete!

MULTISTAKEHOLDER CONVENING ON VIOLENCE IN THE ARTISANAL & SMALL-SCALE GOLD MINING SECTOR (17/01/2020) Stop the Machete! For immediate release Harare, 16/01/2020- The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) with support from the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) will tomorrow host a one-day multi-stakeholder conference to discuss the attention-grabbing spate of …

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