Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Advisory support to the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme

European Union, Switzerland mandate in Zimbabwe 04/01/2016 - 31/12/2016

Notwithstanding the contested political environment, the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) has, over the past 5 years, successfully developed the pillars of an inclusive, politically resilient and locally owned security sector transformation process. Despite the closed environment for debate around SST/R, the ZPSP have been able to carve out the necessary political space where state and non-state actors can discuss issues around security sector transformation. This was achieved through ZPSP engaging in dialogue a wide variety of SSR stakeholders, in order to build their knowledge and information on SSR, demystify the notion of SSR as regime change (as has been patent in the internal political discourse), and to promote consensus on the way forward in terms of security reforms’ thinking in the country. This was achieved through ensuring a Zimbabwean owned and transparent process, and by utilising mediation as a methodology to ensure buy-in by all stakeholders.

The aim of ZPSP is to contribute, through impartial and professional technical assistance, to the effective and sustainable modernisation and transformation of the security and justice sector in Zimbabwe, in order to enhance democratic governance, peace and security and the national sovereignty of the people of Zimbabwe.  In order to accomplish its mission in a difficult political environment, the ZPSP has engaged in a very innovative process. As a result and at the request of the EU and the Government of Switzerland, ISSAT undertook a review to document the trajectory of the ZPSP with a view to identifying lessons and mapping potential good practice, which is still greatly absent from the growing academic and policy production on SSR experiences in Africa. The results of that review can be seen in http://issat.dcaf.ch/Learn/SSR-in-Practice/Case-Studies/Zimbabwe-Peace-and-Security-Programme

The ZPSP is now entering the third phase of its programme, which includes the development of a three year national security sector transformation plan with a host of stakeholder from the state sector, academia, civil society (including the strong participation of women’s group who have developed a gendered SST strategy), traditional leaders and parliament. It will also include continued SST capacity building across these sectors and in particular with the parliament, civil society, national and non-state actors. It is doing so in a context of limited financial support, with uncertain prospects for future funding, which will require an adaptation of ZPSP institutional structures and the design of new funding modalities (project funding).  

ISSAT’s support is requested to both advise and enhance the capacity of the ZPSP in the planning, designing and implementing of the third phase of programming, which includes the provision of support in developing a plan for phasing out the programme and transforming it into a state-managed unit. ISSAT’s generalist support is particularly required in the 1st quarter of 2016, period during which ZPSP will conclude its second phase of programming and plan for the third phase, while adapting its institutional structure and seeking funding to implement its activities. In subsequent quarters, depending on the specific areas of focus during implementation of the programme, specialist support (Policing, Parliamentary training etc) will be required.

Mandate

Zimbawe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) Experience - Reporting

European Union, Switzerland mandate in Zimbabwe 01/11/2015 - 11/12/2015

The Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) has been designed and implemented on behalf of the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Trust (ZPST), a legally constituted and Zimbabwean owned and driven organisation registered as a Trust in Zimbabwe. It aims to contribute, through impartial and professional technical assistance, to the effective and sustainable modernisation and transformation of the security sector in Zimbabwe. The fragile political environment in Zimbabwe has led the ZPSP to engage in a dialogue with a wide variety of SSR stakeholders, in order to build their knowledge and information on SSR, demystify the notion of SSR as regime change (as it has been patent in the internal political discourse), and foster consensus on the way forward in terms of security reforms’ thinking in the country. Its ability to engage such broad range of stakeholders, as well as the thus far political sustainability of the programme in an SSR-adverse environment, deserve to be understood. 

The innovative dimension of the process led the EU and the Government of Switzerland to request ISSAT to undertake a review to document the trajectory of the ZPSP, with a view to identifying lessons and mapping potential good practice, which is still greatly absent from the growing academic and policy production on SSR experiences in Africa. The results of that review can be seen in http://issat.dcaf.ch/Learn/SSR-in-Practice/Case-Studies/Zimbabwe-Peace-and-Security-Programme

Following from that, the purpose of this mandate is to present the findings of the report to the international community in Harare, as a means of facilitating discussion and garnering support for the SST process going forward, and to help facilitate coordination amongst the international community. In addition the mandators would also like ISSAT to provide some advice and support to ZPSP in planning the design of the next phase of their programme.

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Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) - Lesson Learning - Assessing and documenting

European Union, Switzerland mandate in Zimbabwe 01/02/2015 - 01/08/2015

Notwithstanding the fragile political environment, the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) was designed and implemented on behalf of the Zimbabwe Peace and Security Trust (ZPST), a legally constituted and Zimbabwean owned and driven organisation. It aims to contribute, through impartial and professional technical assistance, to the effective and sustainable modernisation and transformation of the security sector in Zimbabwe.  Its ability to engage in dialogue a wide variety of SSR stakeholders, and the thus far political sustainability of the programme deserve being understood, given the extremely adverse environment in which this is taking place.  Such an exercise would imply documenting the trajectory of the ZPSP with a view to identifying lessons and mapping potential good practice, which is still greatly absent from the growing academic and policy production on SSR experiences in Africa.

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