In spite of a multitude of serious political, social and economic challenges, NANGO has actively pursued the creation of a positive and enabling operating environment for NGOs by mitigating against negative policy and legislative frameworks, whilst at the same time rallying the sector to actively demonstrate its capacity to self-regulate. From the historic lobby effort against the draconian NGO Bill of 2005, NANGO has continued to press the Zimbabwean government to consider possible reforms to the existing NGO law the PVO Act drawing from the NGO draft Act that has been endorsed by the sector.
Operational Environment and Self Regulation (OESR) Programme
The OESR programme aims to ensure that NGOs maximize their contributions to development in Zimbabwe through the establishment of a conducive operating environment. The NANGO membership contends that poor economic and political governance, including weak constitutional and electoral frameworks, repressive laws, human rights violations, policy inconsistencies and polarization were arguably at the center of the problems Zimbabwe has faced for the past decade. It is NANGOs conviction that unless these fundamentals are addressed, it is difficult to put Zimbabwe on a real path of recovery. NANGO’s vision is a Zimbabwe where individuals are free to participate in issues that affect them and enjoy all their rights. Through this programme NANGO is positioned to provide leadership, catalyzing and capacity building its members for them to respond effectively to the human rights, democracy and governance challenges in the country especially during the transitional period. Interlinked factors, notably the repressive bills and laws such as the Public order and Security Act, Access to Information and protection of Privacy Act as well as suspicion and mistrust between NGOs and Government are making the NGO operating environment unfriendly. Whilst NGOs acknowledge the undisputable role of regulation through Acts of Parliament, they believe that the most effective and progressive way of regulating the NGO sector, as practiced in other parts of the world, is through self-regulation – hence through this programme NANGO will promote and facilitate NGO self-regulation in Zimbabwe.
– Advocacy for supportive NGO legal and policy frameworks
– Promote self-regulation of NGOs in Zimbabwe
– Dialogue and engagement with Government officials, Parliamentarians and local leaders
– Communication and advocacy to shape public opinion on roles and operations of NGOs in Zimbabwe
– Mobilize support from other civil society organizations in the SADC Region
– Create and guard space for dialogue among members and other stakeholders – government, line ministries, multi-lateral / bilateral agencies
– Build and maintain good public relations with key stakeholders
– Promote the mainstreaming of rights based approaches to programming by all civil society sectors
– Training for transformation of civil society leaders and activists in areas such as transitional justice, fundamentals of human rights enforcement and protection.
– Facilitate the development of consensus and NGO positions on topical issues
– Popularize and advocate for the incorporation of views and concerns of members in development plans
– Work with a broad array of stakeholders including the church to develop a national framework for the full observation of human rights and facilitation of the national healing process for Zimbabwe
– Facilitate representation and participation of members in national, regional and international structures such as development committees, SADC, ECOSOC and many others on issues incidental to the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement and full enjoyment of human rights by all Zimbabweans