We specialise in delivering innovative and politically-smart citizen empowerment and accountability programmes globally; especially in fragile, transitional and conflict-affected states. Our approach empowers local partners to use the right tools to strategically identify and implement opportunities to advance citizen-led change and oversight of government. We also recognise the importance of strengthening government’s ability to engage citizens through improved transparency and supporting legislatures, and other state accountability institutions. This approach de-emphasises the differences between “demand and supply” or “citizen and state”; instead focusing on how to successfully link them for more effective engagement.
Zimbabwe TRACE: Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Engagement
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
TRACE focuses on the promotion of improved citizen access to media; protection and promotion of equality and human rights; and access to justice for marginalised groups, including women and girls. We provided the PEA (including training and mentoring to CSOs on PEA approaches and implementation) of the justice, human rights, natural resources governance, media, elections, and service delivery sectors.
We assessed and identified the drivers of behavioural and attitudinal shifts; including changes in patterns of thinking, and political action/inaction within the socio-political environment – and characterise the dynamic of CSOs within the complex Zimbabwe political structure.
Our PEA was instrumental in supporting DFID, the UK Embassy, and other donors in understanding Zimbabwe’s highly complex and dynamic political and governance situation. Our PEA team worked closely with Zimbabwean civil society groups on building their capacity to conduct and utilise their own PEA.