Tirivashe Mundondo

ICT, Comms & Advocacy Specialist

Event Recap: Second Dialogue Meeting for Key Stakeholders in Local Governance


June 6, 2024, Harare.

The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) successfully hosted the Second Dialogue Meeting for the "Strengthening Institutions for Youth Accountability Narratives" (SIYA) project. This event brought together key stakeholders in local governance to discuss, align, and strategize on ways to empower youth and strengthen local institutions for improved governance and integrity.

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Engaging Discussions

The meeting was marked by vibrant discussions where key policy actors and local governance stakeholders shared insights and ideas on enhancing youth involvement in governance. Participants explored innovative ways to promote integrity and accountability within local institutions.

Collaborative Spirirt

The spirit of collaboration was palpable throughout the event. Participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, the Association of Rural District Councils, the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe, various youth organizations, members of the SIYA consortium (including ZIMCODD, YETT, and Transparency International Zimbabwe), and a representative from the funding agency USAID, worked together to align on shared goals and priorities. This collaborative effort is expected to lay a solid foundation for the successful implementation of the SIYA project.

Key Presentations

  • Overview of SIYA Objectives: John Maketo delivered a compelling presentation on the overarching objectives of the SIYA project, highlighting its importance and impact.
  • Draft MoUs with Associations: Vivian Mashavave, the project coordinator from SAPST, presented the draft Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with various associations for consideration, aiming to formalize partnerships and ensure cohesive collaboration.
  • Implementation and Strategy: Dr. Chakunda provided an in-depth presentation on the implementation and strategic approach of the SIYA project, detailing the steps and measures planned to achieve the project’s goals.

Key outcomes

  • Stakeholder Buy-In: The meeting achieved significant buy-in from key stakeholders, who expressed their commitment to the objectives of the SIYA project.
  • Actionable Insights: Participants left with a clear understanding of the project’s goals and the role they play in fostering youth accountability and good governance.
  • Roadmap for Implementation: The discussions helped outline a clear roadmap for the next steps in the SIYA project, including targeted interventions in selected districts across Harare, Manicaland, Midlands, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, and South provinces.

Looking Forward

The Second Dialogue Meeting was a significant milestone in the SIYA project. Moving forward, we are excited to implement the strategies discussed and continue our work towards building a future where transparency, accountability, and integrity are the norms in local governance.


We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants, speakers, and organizers who made this event a resounding success. Special thanks to our SIYA consortium members, ZIMCODD, YETT, Transparency International Zimbabwe, and USAID for their invaluable contributions. Your dedication and passion for improving governance and empowering youth are truly inspiring.

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