Building Parliamentary Capacity in Mining Laws and Contracts in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) used RWI support to organize a two-day workshop for members of parliament preparing to debate mining legislation and contracts in their respective committees. ZELA also published a policy paper on the proposed legislation and engaged national media to generate public pressure on MPs and the government before the legislation was finalized.

The government revised key mining laws in preparation for the re-licensing of mineral rights to foreign and national companies. Parliament was barely involved in the revisions  or in monitoring the creation of the new contracts, even though the government has been heavily criticized in the past for its non-transparent management of mining procedures and licensing.

In August 2011, ZELA led in the launch of Zimbabwe’s new Publish What You Pay Coalition. In the years to come, PWYP Zimbabwe will focus on advocating national participation in EITI and building local civil society capacity. It will also push for legislative reforms, in the mineral sector in particular.

ZELA promotes the rights of poor communities to derive economic benefits from natural resources found in their communities and to fight against exploitation by multinational and domestic companies involved in natural resource extraction.

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Building Parliamentary Capacity in Mining Laws and Contracts in Zimbabwe 2010 $10,000