The Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) was formed in June 2004 with a mission to promote democratic citizen participation in governance and strengthen the capacity of communities to cope with human rights and development challenges through holding civic forums, leadership engagement, research, outreach and mobilization for social change.
Among CCDZ’s objectives are the following:
- To impart citizen and civic education on people's right to responsible good governance, democracy and access to and entitlement to services;
- to advocate for the right to development and human rights and entitlements of people such as healthcare, adequate food, water and an adequate standard of living;
- to raise awareness and mobilise communities on HIV/Aids as well as provide psycho-social and material support to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs);
- to conduct research and document and disseminate information about community development concerns such as ill health, food insecurity, water and sanitation;
- to increase and entrench awareness, commitment and participation in environmental management and sustainable rural livelihood initiatives;
- to bring out newsletters/books/other relevant material including audio and video to further these causes, and to take up campaigns, advocacy and lobbying to achieve the above objectives.
CCDZ has a firm belief that Zimbabweans have the power to change their socio-political and economic situation by being active participants in demanding what is due to them by right. They believe in the power of community organisation, unity of purpose and action.
At present the organisation is carrying out community organisation projects in Murehwa, Marondera, Hwedza, Mutoko, Hurungwe, Karoi and Chiweshe. Of late, the Centre has intensified calls for the de-politicisation of government institutions and the establishment of independent commissions that promote democracy in the country. In particular they are calling on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to be independent, impartial and nonpartisan, in line with international best practices. The Centre is also encouraging communities to fight impunity that arise from political abuse by politicians and state agents.