The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa hosted a policy advisory group seminar at Lake Safari Lodge, Siavonga, in Zambia, from 9 to 10 June 2011 on the theme “State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe”. The policy dialogue was made possible through the support of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Zimbabwe.
The meeting explored some of the most important challenges currently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to accelerate the process. It also developed concrete recommendations to complement initiatives led by the government of Zimbabwe, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and external donors in Zimbabwe following a disputed election process in June 2008, which led to a Global Political Agreement (GPA) three months later. In particular, the seminar sought to build on the achievements of this accord, which enabled the establishment of a transitional Government of National Unity (GNU) in February 2009 between the Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
The Zambia meeting focused on eight main themes: 1) Structural Transformation of the Economy; 2) Socially Inclusive Growth and Employment; 3) Land Reform; 4) Restoring the Health Sector; 5) Reviving the Education Sector; 6) Security Sector Reform; 7) the Role of SADC; and 8) the Role of External Donors.