Following the enactment of Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act of 2013, Zimbabwe Institute began work around alignment of legislation to the Constitution.
Zimbabwe Institute has worked with several academics, consultants and civic society organisations in carrying out this work.
Since inception of the project, Zimbabwe Institute has commissioned and produced over 23 position papers on various legislation and proposed legislation. Some of these position papers, notably the position paper on the Traditional Leaders Act, has been used extensively in consultations leading up to the amendment of the legislation.
Zimbabwe Institute has on several occasions engaged the Ministry of Justice and the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce (IMT) on the Alignment of Legislation to the Constitution and the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) to collaborate on the alignment of legislation to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, and in particular, towards coordination of civic society organisations to contribute towards that effort.
In addition to working in the area of constitutional alignment, Zimbabwe Institute has coordinated civic society organisations with which it works to carryout advocacy work across Zimbabwe.
We have jointly carried out work in the areas of improving service delivery, improving access to copies of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, and facilitating inclusivity for women, youth and persons living with disability among other things.
Through a vast network of organisations, we have been able to conduct work in locations across Zimbabwe, including remote and often neglected communities.