From September 29 to October 3, Stephanie Booker of Natural Justice hosted 5 days of legal and negotiation training in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, with Chiadzwa Community Development Trust and members of communities from Mutare and Arda Transau. The meeting was supported by Ford Foundation Southern Africa and the Heinrich Boll Foundation.
Supported by the legal expertise of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association, participants were led in two-day training, discussions and information sharing on relevant laws and policies in Zimbabwe with respect to the environment and human rights and regional and international law.
From 1-3 October, Zimbabwean organisation Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation led an interactive training with participants on inter-community conflict and general principles of engaging with external actors. The sessions gave insight on engaging an issue from different perspectives.
The training session complemented the existing community protocol processes being engaged in the community at present. In addition, a small number of participants from mining impacted communities across Zimbabwe took the opportunity to join the much-sought after training, to learn from about relevant laws and policies and to share experiences with community members across Zimbabwe.