Zimbabwe is rich in resources with mineral deposits of chromite, coal, platinum, asbestos, copper, nickel, gold and iron ore. With South Africa, Zimbabwe holds 90% of the world’s reserves of chromite. Zimbabwe’s chamber of mines has estimated that the mining sector contributed 20% of the GDP in 2010.
US State Gov, Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines
On a domestic legislative level, PWYP-Zimbabwe targets ongoing and future processes on mining or with implications on mining such as the proposed Diamond Revenue Bill, the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, the Mineral Policy and the Constitutional reform process. It also focusses on various existing laws that hinder access to information and public participation such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Public Order and Security Act for reform.
At its launch the coalition agreed on the need to promote and protect the civil, political, economic, social, environmental and cultural rights of communities affected by commissions or omissions of state entities or private mining companies. Another potential step to be considered is an assessment of what incentives or certification system could be created by the PWYP coalition to encourage mining companies and government departments to disclose payments and revenue.
PWYP Zimbabwe plays an important role in the Zimbabwe Mining Revenue Transparency, an initiative it helped bring about through lobbying and advocacy. Although the ZMRT is similar in some ways to EITI, PWYP-Zimbabwe will continue to push the government and mining companies in Zimbabwe to join EITI.
Finally, the coalition seeks to broaden its membership and promote capacity building of civil society organisations, media and community activists on various strategies that can be used to promote transparency and accountability through the PWYP campaign.
10 February 2014 - PWYP Zimbabwe issued this statement calling on the country's mining institutions (Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe) to be more transparent and publish financial information concerning their operations.
21 November 2013 - PWYP Zimbabwe called all on the government to review the Mines and Minerals Act to ensure that it has clear provisions for public participation. You can read their full statement here, which also highlights some of the corruption cases plaguing Zimbabwe's diamond sector.
22 - 25 May 2013 - Zela, the member coordinating PWYP's Zimbabwe chapter, participated in the 6th Global EITI Conference in Sydney, Australia, to learn and share experiences on the extractive sector to inform their advocacy strategy in pushing for the adoption of EITI.
16 - 22nd May 2013 - PWYP members participated in the Mines and Minerals Draft Policy Consultative Meetings.
January - July 2013 - ZELA, the CSO coordinating PWYP in Zimbabwe, has continued the mobilisation of community individuals and groups from natural resource rich areas namely Mutoko, Marange, Zvishavane, Shurugwi and Mhondoro Ngezi to be part of the PWYP Zimbabwean Chapter so as to strengthen the Chapter’s voice in demanding for timely disclosure of information. To communicate effectively on the results of the Zimbabwe PWYP advocacy work with various partners, ZELA has set up an emailing list-serve to share information that will generate debate and influence policy on transparency and accountability in the extractive sector. ZELA also conducted a series of workshops, raising the public’s awareness on what PWYP is and its mandate visa-vis the government led Zimbabwe Mining Revenue Transparency Initiative (ZMRTI) and how the PWYP ought to influence its processes.
22 February 2012 - PWYP Zimbabwe held a two day meeting to operationalise the coalition and create a draft Vision, Mission Statement and Advocacy Issues and Strategies.