The Poverty Reduction and Development programme coordinates civil society efforts to influence the formulation, implementation, monitoring and review of policies, strategies and local and national budgets. This involves capacity development of civil society organisations to effectively engage with policy makers. The thrust of the programme is also on advancing the welfare of children to ensure that children’s rights are promoted, protected and fulfilled.
The broad activities under this programme include:
- Facilitation of Poverty Reduction and development dialogues of civil society and production of positions/Occasional Papers on topical socio- economic issues;
- Training and orienting leaders and other representatives of community based organizations, child and youth led groups and other organizations to effectively advocate for the economic and social rights of the people;
- Mobilizing and coordinating civil society organizations’ participation in local and national policy and budgets development and implementation processes.
- Facilitate the participation of NGOs in local and international discourse on policies which affect the people of Zimbabwe;
- Promotion of social accountability initiatives by civil society which include regional comparative analysis of budgetary allocations to specific issues, shadow reporting on identified issues and national level activities such as public expenditure tracking and public service delivery monitoring.
Child Friendly Budgeting Initiative
The Child Friendly National Budget Initiative (CFNBI) is a child focused programme that seeks to promote the prioritization of children issues in local and national budgets. The CFNBI main objective is to contribute to the general understanding of and support for children’s rights by advocating for generous funding to children’s welfare through lobbying policy makers to formulate child friendly budgets and policies.
Imali Ye Mwana
NANGO coordinates the Imali Ye Mwana network which is comprised of the following members: Save the Children Swaziland, Rede De Crianca Mozambique, Malawi Coalition for Quality Basic Education, Malawi, Zambia Civic Education Association, Zambia. The Network facilitates information sharing among member countries, mobilizing resources, influencing policy and decision making at SADC Regional Level as well as gathering information from SADC member states on children issues.
Budget Monitoring and Expenditure Tracking
The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) has since 1995 worked with likeminded organisations on Budget Monitoring and Expenditure Tracking (BMET). This led to the formation of the Zimbabwe National Budget Coalition (ZNBC) which includes representatives of Business, the Church, People with disabilities, Women and Gender, Agriculture and mining, Residents, Children and the Youth, Health and Human rights and Governance. These ZNBC has become the core lobby and advocacy group on pro-poor budgeting and has ever since actively participated in the budget formulation process. The consultations conducted by the ZNBC culminate into the production of the People’s Budget document which has become the main advocacy tool for civil society. It is a compendium of the aspirations of Civil Society in Zimbabwe on the key budgetary priority areas necessary to realize improvements in the standard of living for ordinary citizens mostly resident in the rural communal areas.
The Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals will be ending in the year 2015. However, the country is most likely to miss a lot of targets, for instance the maternal mortality, poverty eradication amongst others. To inculcate the underlying concepts of development underpinned by the MDGs, NANGO organizes debate competitions for school pupils. The MDG debate competition is an endeavor to educate and involve children in the global development processes. NANGO thus play a pivotal role towards the attainment of MDGs through enhancing civil society participation in MDGs processes.