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RED+

TI – Z is carrying out a project on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and conserving, sustainably managing, and enhancing forest carbon stocks (collectively referred to as REDD+). REDD+ has become a methodology to improve cash flows to communities in return for conservation related behavior over the years. It is also now widely recognized as a key global initiative to mitigate climate change. Although REDD+ programs in Africa and in particular in Zimbabwe are still in their initial design phases, considerable financial resources have already begun to flow to them with the expectation of more to come. These anticipated financial flows make national REDD+ programs potential targets for corruption.

Women, Land and Corruption

The WLAC (Women, Land and Corruption) project is a TI – S coordinated project being implemented by TI Zimbabwe, Ghana and Uganda. The project seeks to contribute to improved livelihoods and enhanced security of tenure for women and their families adversely affected by corrupt practises in land administration and land deals through equitable and fair access to and use of and control over land. TI-Z will implement various activities between March 2015 -2016 to meet the following key results areas or outcomes of the WLAC project:

  • To increase the understanding on the issue of women, land and corruption
  • To leverage the discussion and recognition of corruption issues affecting women in their access to, use of and control over land at national, regional and international forums
  • To enhance the capacity to design and implement projects which respond to women’s concerns about corruption in land administration and land deals

In Zimbabwe, land is one of the most fundamental resources to women’s living conditions. It is a source of economic empowerment and represents a key factor in the struggle for equity and equality. Agriculture is the most important source of livelihood for women.

Notwithstanding their dependence on land and their contribution to agriculture and food development, women across Zimbabwe are disadvantaged in terms of the control of the resources and means of productions such as land. Women‘s failure to access, use and own land has been further compounded by the problem of land corruption inherent in the land sector. Given the multiplicity of issues around land corruption and women, as well as limited fund set aside for this project, TI – Z will only prioritize a few issues to respond to. As such this project will focus on achieving some results in the following key areas:

  • Encourage prior and informed consent, fair compensation and consultation of women on land investments resulting from compulsory acquisition by the state Improved
  • transparency in land title registration and improved public access to information on land sales
  • Women and men are educated on land laws and are both empowered to demand for transparency and accountability from land authorities.

2015 Annual State of Corruption

Report Assessing the Sociocultural, Economic and Political Cost of Corruption in Zimbabwe 2000-2015

The Annual State of Corruption Report (ASCR) is a comprehensive sector specific study by Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI-Z). The main objective of the ASCR is to detail and provide qualitative and quantitative insights into specific sectors that are pivotal to the transitional process of Zimbabwe. To date TI-Z has produced three successful Annual State of Corruption reports in the following sectors:

  • Mining sector 2012
  • Land sector 2013
  • State Owned Enterprises 2014

For the year 2015, TI-Z is proposing to do a nuanced analysis on the political, economic and cosial cost of corruption in Zimbabwe over the past 15 years (2000-2015). While various studies and media articles have attempted to report on the scourge of corruption from different perspective, there still remains a need to objectively reconcile all these narratives and, more importantly, examine how corruption has impacted on key human and governance sectors. This will aid current efforts by TI-Z, the government and other like-minded organizations to come up with an inward looking and informative National Anti-Corruption strategy. Such a strategy needs baseline data and an informed position on how corruption is not only entrenched but is impacting on the fundamental institutions that are politics, economics, social relations, and service delivery.

The assessment will be guided by the following objectives

  • To assess and document the political, economic and social structural elements that have fuelled corruption in Zimbabwe
  • To assess and quantify how corruption has impacted negatively on the political, economic, social and cultural sectors
  • To propose timely, feasible and attainable recommendations on curbing corruption.

Land and Corruption in Africa Project

The Land and Corruption project is a five year project founded by the German government and coordinated by TI-S. TI-Z is one of the many African chapters implementing this project. The long term developmental goal of the project is to contribute to improved livelihoods of men and women adversely affected by corrupt practices in land administration and land deals in Africa, through security of tenure and equitable and fair access to land in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. Implementation of the Land and Corruption Project is guided by the following objectives:

  • – To promote a people-centred approach to land governance which guarantees transparency, integrity and accountability, and the active and meaningful participation of citizens, adequately taking into account the interests of people, respecting their customary land and tenure rights, and providing fair, equitable, and safe access to land and water for men and women of all generations;
  • – To counteract and significantly curb corruption in land governance processes by promoting transparency, integrity and accountability through appropriate and simplified legal frameworks on land tenure, and the adoption of clear procedures and accountability mechanisms in land administration on a local and national level;
  • – To contribute to the development and enforcement of laws and regulations on land and tenure rights at the national level in cooperation with land commissions and regional bodies.

Generally land administration in Zimbabwe is problematic owing to the involvement of many institutions with mandates that overlap, sometimes complement and often contradict each other because of varying policy statements emerging from them. Lacking transparency, accountability and legal checks render land administration prone to corruption. The 2013 TI Z sectorial study on land governance as well as other research studies and anecdotal evidence indicates that land corruption in Zimbabwe is manifesting in the following ways.

  • – Multiple farm allocation during the land reform program
  • – Land grabbing and displacements of communities in areas such as Marange, Chisumbanje, Nuanetsi Ranch and most recently Mazowe
  • – Illegal sale of communal land by traditional leaders and other land authorities
  • – Land allocation on patronage basis
  • – Bribery of local council officials in return for housing stands
  • – Fraudulent activities by illegal housing co-operatives
  • – Double sale or even multiple same of the same stand resulting in many people losing their money.
  • It is against this backdrop that TI-Z has expressed its interest in implementing the Land and Corruption Project. The project seeks to contribute to the following outcomes:
  • – Increase access to information and knowledge of women, young people and minority groups on land rights , access to and ownership of land;
  • – Improve access to justice on land issues for men and women, young people and the minority groups;
  • – Encourage national and local multi stakeholder dialogue on land corruption and its effects;
  • – Contribute to improved understanding of land corruption in Zimbabwe, its manifestation and impact.

Coalition Against Rampant Corruption (CARC)

The Coalition Against Rampant Corruption (CARC) is implemented over a three year time span, covering the period from July 2015 to July 2018. CARC is expected to contribute to achieving four outcomes out of the nine in TI-Z strategy document

  • – Outcome 1: increased political will and responsiveness by duty bearers to address corruption at individual, private and public sector levels
  • – Outcome 2: Strengthened capacity and participation of stakeholders in anti-corruption activism
  • – Outcome 3: Increased awareness, resistance and reporting of corruption by citizens
  • – Outcome 4: Improved Transparency, accountability and integrity (TAI) in public and private sectors

The CARC program intends to strengthen five core functions of the anti-corruption value chain. The core functions are research, education and awareness, policy detection, and combating. Research benchmarks corruption and provides evidence for agenda setting duty bearers. Based on research generated information, the next step is to educate and bring awareness to the local population regarding the negative effects of corruption. This is expected to generate a mass movement of women and men who reject and report corruption and demand transparency, accountability and integrity from duty bearers. This should instigate political will in duty bearers to formulate and implement policy reforms which increases effectiveness of anti-corruption activism and strategies. Once there is political will, the detection and combating of corruption by the police and judicial services will be improved so that the case handling and prosecution of grand and petty corruption is enhanced. Ultimately, this leads to the attainment of the project goal which is to contribute to the reduction of corruption in Zimbabwe and promote accountable governance that responds equally and effectively to the needs of women and men.

Hence, the purpose of CARC is two-fold:

  • – To strengthen the effectiveness of the anti-corruption value chain through enhancing the capacity of women and men in this chain to reject corruption and demand accountability, transparency and integrity
  • – To increase protection of disadvantaged and vulnerable women and men from the brunt of corruption by providing legal assistance and advice to victims of corruption