Promoting Examples of Participatory Local Empowerment in Urban Planning (PEOPLE UP)
The project sought to improve the living conditions of poor and marginalised urban and peri-urban residents by accessing and sustaining basic municipal and infrastructure services.
Specifically, the project worked on:
- Demonstrating inclusive and replicable approaches for the delivery of basic urban services for women and men in Mutare and Epworth which will have enhanced ownership and improved incomes of the residents.
- Increasing the participation of urban residents in the governance of the delivery of basic services in their communities as a vehicle to improving their living conditions.
- Implementing strategies for planning and delivery of basic infrastructure services at the war level with a view to strengthening community voices and promoting more participation by residents through their representative structures and enhance their input in selecting technological and delivery options in service delivery.
The challenging socio-economic environment which prevailed in the Zimbabwe for several years, among other factors, contributed to a deterioration of essential urban services provision. The result was weak and under resourced local authorities leading to poor delivery of urban services. Planning for services by local authorities was characterised by minimum or no involvement of the urban residents who also lacked knowledge of civic planning and processes.
The project sought to achieve the following:
- Strengthened Local Authorities with established structures and processes to consult and fully integrate infrastructure service delivery needs and priorities of poor urban and peri-urban residents.
- Enhanced capacity and voices of local communities and their leaders to understand and demand improved service delivery.
- Partnerships formed that increase income and employment opportunities for urban poor from service delivery.
- Inclusive approaches in service delivery for the poor and marginalised documented and disseminated to influence policies and practices for 10 other Local Authorities in Zimbabwe.
The project was implemented through a partnership involving Practical Action Southern Africa, the Mutare Housing Cooperatives District Union (MDU) and the Civic Forum on Housing (CFH). Project work was also carried out in close cooperation with the Mutare City Council, the Epworth Local Board and the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe.
Interview with Caroline Zuze from Epworth in which she describes the problems slum dwellers face in Epworth on World Habitat Day 2014.
The Toolkit on Community Based Urban Planning is unique in a number of ways. Firstly, it reflects a combination of key principles in participatory development and the modern requirements for sustainable urban development in Zimbabwe. Secondly, the key steps and tools can be adapted to different...
COMMUNITY-BASED PLANNING BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND RESIDENTS FOR IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY
For the residents of Sakubva in Mutare, living with heaps of uncollected waste in illegal dumping points had become the norm. The illegal dumping sites had become a health time bomb, exposing the residents to outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
There are about 3 000 households, one legal primary school and 2 illegal primary schools, one secondary school and one clinic hosted by the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in the ward. The ward is split into Phase A and B and it is also home to three residents associations.
There are over 3 000 households, two primary schools. The ward is split into Phase A (informal settlers) and B (original settlers) and it is also home to Epworth Urban Residents Association (EURA) formed in 2006 representing all residents of Epworth.
Improved communication helps project's outreach Improved communication facilitates development planning
“Already capacity has been built among the community members. The project's approach is emphasizing on creating effective partnerships. The work starts with a foundation of community capacity building and engagement with the local authority,” says Cagewell Muzangaza, the Epworth Local Board...
Delivery of urban services such as waste management, shelter, water and sanitation are the responsibilities of the governing Local authority. Legislative instruments like the Urban Councils Act provides for this responsibility to be executed with participation of the residents through either...
By 2015, Ward 1 should have a highly literate community that caters for the vulnerable members through improved accommodation facilities, transport networks and services, food security,infrastructure, health facilities, water and sanitation services and recreational facilities in a conducive...
By 2015, Ward 2 should have improved accommodation and infrastructure facilities, access to quality education and health services, proper water and sanitation facilities, support mechanisms for vulnerable groups and strengthened food and livelihoods projects.
By 2015, Ward 3 should have a more conducive health environment, renovated private and public buildings in an environment full of sound infrastructure facilities with an enhanced livelihood activities and boosted industries.
By 2015, Ward 4 should be a vibrant community with well improved accommodation facilities, a reliable transport network and services, adequate health facilities, proper water sanitation facilities, improved education and recreational facilities with adequate support from vulnerable groups in the...
Epworth is a peri-urban settlement that emerged from a mission farm owned by the Methodist Church. It is situated 12km south-east of Harare and its jurisdiction is under a local board. The Local Board estimates the population of Epworth to be 300 000, about 3 times higher than the CSC estimates...
The Annual Review Workshop of the Promoting Examples of Participatory Empowerment in Urban Planning (PEOPLE UP) Project, organised by Practical Action Southern Africa on 10 February 2012, in Mutare, Zimbabwe, aimed at sharing project information with a wider number of stakeholders, including...
The project seeks to improve the living conditions of poor and marginalised urban and peri-urban residents in Zimbabwe by accessing and sustaining basic municipal and infrastructure services.
This report has been prepared under the PEOPLE UP Project implemented by Practical Action Southern Africa, to document the insights and messages that emerged from the one day national thematic workshop held in Mutare, Zimbabwe on public–private partnerships.
The project has adopted a participatory planning approach through capacity building of the respective Local Authorities and Ward Development Committees (WDCs).
The vision and strategy workshop was a direct follow-up from the People UP Annual Review Workshop which was held in February 2011. The review meeting highlighted the need for a vision and strategy workshop for Epworth so that stakeholders would be able to work better to achieve impact on the...
“We are two families in this room and a total of 10 people live in here. We simply divide the room with curtains”, so says 34 – year old Benadicta Saungweme.
When Mary Dzonzayi opened a small brickmoulding enterprise in Sakubva, in Mutare - Zimbabwe's fourth largest city, she had plenty of customers but not enough capital to meet demand. Dzonzayi is one of many small entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe struggling to grow their businesses due to lack of...
Matthew Zimunya, a 30 year-old small-scale brick making entrepreneur in the Sakubva high – density suburb of Mutare in Zimbabwe, is now serving more than 50 people in this sprawling community in the eastern highlands town after receiving technical skills in brick moulding – thanks to a new...