Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI Z)

Transparency International Zimbabwe

Country: Zimbabwe
Focal Point: Mary-Jane Ncube, Executive Director
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Mission and vision

Mission: We exist to be a knowledge driven anti-corruption civil society organization.

Vision: A Zimbabwean society free from all forms of corruption and corrupt practices.

General description of the CSO work in the anti-corruption area

TI Z is currently running five programmes, focused on mobilizing communities for community journalism and trial observation, representing them through legal aid, community journalism , conducting community training on REDD +, land and corruption and sustainable mining for development. Tools used are research, policy and legislation monitoring and capacity assessment and corruption risk assessments.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the UNCAC

TI Z has been conducting UNCAC specific advocacy since 2012. This has involved workshops targeting civil society and state institutions, especially law enforcement and judicial services focusing on the areas identified for reform during the self -assessment phase that Zimbabwe participated in in 2012 -2013. TI Z prepared a shadow report or parallel report which is on the UNODC civil society website. Post this evaluation TI Z has participated in the promotion of shadow reports of the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition at the Vienna Review Meetings. At times because of the lack of seriousness of the Zimbabwean government in implementing and monitoring the UNCAC, TI Z’s national presence though unofficial and peripheral has been crucial as it has often been the only representation for the country. At the national level, TI Z has also been the only institution actively advocating for the domestication of the UNCAC, alignment of domestic laws to the UNCAC and identifying areas of reform in law and statutory institutions to enable the recommendations of the UNCAC to be embraced, adopted and enforced.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the review mechanism of the UNCAC

Post the self -assessment that revealed a poor culture of implementation, glaring gaps in the law for the criminalization of acts of corruption recognized in international law. TI Z has organized small meetings with the relevant state agencies and big workshops with broad-based stakeholders to discuss these issues on criminalization and poor enforcement of existing laws on corruption. In the past 4 years at least one workshop has been held to discuss critical issues such as asset recovery, civil society participation and inclusion, transparency of the reports and other recurring themes of the first phase of the review. TI Z also proved an invaluable resource for the IODC technical team post the self -assessments as the state did not have much to report in terms of progress made since the assessment. Our consistent participation at both national and international meetings on the UNCAC, in light of state commitments, have made TI Z an invaluable resource for tracking progress on strengthening UNCAC domestication and implementation in Zimbabwe. While the Zimbabwean government has not accepted officially the TI Z shadow report many other stakeholders, including international NGOs like Oxfam and UNDP and funding partners have relied on the report considerably.

Anti-Corruption Events in your region in 2017

TI Z is not aware of any state motivated UNCAC programmes for 2017 but our institutional strategy incorporates advocacy work on the UNCAC for this period up to 2020. However not all of it is currently funded.

If you or someone from your organization has participated in a workshop on UNCAC and its review mechanism organized by UNODC/ UNCAC Coalition, please indicate who, when and where

  • Themba Mahleka, Vienna, Training 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Mary-Jane Ncube, Johannesburg, South Africa 2013
  • Mary-Jane Ncube, UNCAC Conference of States Parties 3, 4, 5 and 6

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