The National Peace Trust was born out of the search for a holistic and systematic civil society’s involvement and contribution to the socio-economic and political development of Zimbabwe in a peaceful context and a background characterized by a remarkable absence of a uniting and peace-building establishment of civil society in the peace building processes both at national and institutional levels.
The principal vocation of the National Peace Trust is therefore to facilitate the non-partisan participation of civil society in national peace-building as competent, well-informed and compassionate stakeholders. In line with the fourth thrust of the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (ONHRI), a product of the Global Political Agreement (GPA of 2009 – 13) the National Peace Trust broadly seeks to dismantle the infrastructure of violence inculcated into the Zimbabwean social fabric from pre-colonial through the colonial, liberation war and still manifesting in the post-independence era.
The National Peace Trust is established to be the Zimbabwe SAFE-SPACE for all conflicting and potentially conflicting parties at all levels, to engage in a people to people framework.
Our vision is that of a prosperous Zimbabwe whose future is peaceful and guarantees personal safety, security and freedom for all through the coordinated efforts and work of its citizens. Our Mission is to be the home grown national resource centre and coordinating platform for peace building work, driven by the overarching need for an inclusive and participatory moulded sustainable peace in Zimbabwe.
The broad goals of the National Peace Trust are, to mainstream peace into development at all levels, research and train peace building stakeholders, to catalyse mediation and dialogue needs, to bring about national healing which is guided by peaceful programming tenets to be the foremost national institution for peace building.
Our core business is Peace Development Services (PDS). It is the realization of the National Peace Trust that there is need for a development thrust that focuses on livelihood based development in a peace context thus the operationalisation of the NPT’s Livelihood based Development in a Peace context Institute.
Dialogue and Mediation Platform (DMP). With regards to the need for key dialogue and mediation facilitators it is envisaged that the Dialogue and Mediators platform provides urgent and needed space for engagement matters of dialogue and transitional justice.
Peace Research and Training Institute (PRT). Research and Training are the hallmark of successful programming in all areas of development and peace building is no exception. Training here will be informed by needs as guided by traditional leaders in the different areas in collaboration with civil society partners.
Psycho-social support and Care Centre (PSSC). In line with the healing programme, there is documented evidence of violence under the colonial regime which found its way into the post-colonial regime. Psycho-social support and care mechanisms are needful for not only the individuals directly involved but for traumatised families and communities and the nation.
Peace Publications House (PPH). In the province of information provision, the packaging and dissemination of various information tools such as newsletters and audio tapes has and continues to be an effective peace building tool, together with the publication of peace-based magazines