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Zimbabwe Institute

In July 2012, DIPD entered into a partnership with Zimbabwe Institute. The collaboration seeks to facilitate dialogue between the political parties in Zimbabwe, and thereby support a culture of multi-partyism in the country.

DIPD Mission to Zimbabwe in 2015. In the picture from the left Egbert Pos (Programme Officer NIMD), Bjørn Førde (DIPD Director), Morgan Tsvangarai (Chairman of MDC), Douglas Mwonzora (Secretary General, MDC) & Isaac Maphosa (Director of Zimbabwe Insititute).

DIPD Mission to Zimbabwe in 2015. In the picture from the left Egbert Pos (Programme Officer, NIMD), Bjørn Førde (DIPD Director), Morgan Tsvangirai (Chairman of MDC), Douglas Mwonzora (Secretary General, MDC) & Isaac Maphosa (Director of Zimbabwe Insititute).

About the Partnership

The partnership seeks to support multiparty democracy in Zimbabwe with a special emphasis on building bridges between the political parties. Activities fall within 5 focus areas:

  1. Build a culture of multi-partyism among Zimbabweans through promotion of tolerance of political diversity and divergence
  2. Reducing political suspicion, tension, conflicts and violence among members of the parties through increased interaction and dialogue
  3. Help parties develop, adopt and implement a code of conduct for political parties
  4. Enhance the political parties’ internal organizational capacity through training (including youth)
  5. Research and advocacy that will qualify the policies of the political parties and benefit the country as a whole

Activities include dialogue workshops between the political parties, peace indabas, south-south exchange visits to enable sharing of best practices in democracy, workshops bringing together political parties and civil society, training programmes for party leaders, and research and advocacy.

The last phase of the project ran until the end of 2015 and was undertaken in close cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. A new phase of the partnership with Zimbabwe Institute beyond 2015 is being developed in the first months of 2016.

Zimbabwe Institute

The Zimbabwe Institute (ZI) was established in 2002 with the purpose of facilitating democracy, peace, tolerance, political dialogue and human rights in Zimbabwe.

ZI is an autonomous organization that works with all political parties, the state and civil society actors. The cooperation with political parties (ZANU-PF, MDC-T and MDC-M) is informed by the nature of the Inclusive Government and Power-sharing agreement from 2009 – the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Read also: Zimbabwe Country Profile

ZI provides management and support services to the body tasked with overseeing and assisting in the implementation of the GPA, the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), which has become a key forum for dialogue on the GPA between actors from both ZANU-PF and MDC.

More Information

Contact Bjørn Førde, Director of DIPD: bjf@dipd.dk