Center for Research and Development (CRD)

The Center for Research and Development, established in 2006, is a trust that focuses on research and advocacy in resource management, civic education to promote human rights, democracy, peace and sustainable development. CRD’s research informs and strengthens policy advocacy on natural resource governance, management and good governance. http://www.crdzim.com/

Library Articles

The Social, Economic and Environmental Implications of Diamond Mining in Chiadzwa

The primary agendas in the public domain were to comprehensively address the challenges of formal and informal miners in Chiadzwa and at the same time ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the villagers and national economic recovery. In Chiadzwa, the intrusion of mining, displaced the cultural and social mosaic while privatizing the commons and subjecting the villagers to several risks and harms...

Citizen Engagement in Natural Resource Governance

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Published: 2016
Mining operations of 7 diamond companies in Manicaland Province were shut down by the government in February 2016, because their operations lacked transparency and accountability. Government decided to merge diamond companies into the newly formed Zimbabwe Consolidation Diamond Company (ZCDC), in order to centralize its oversight role in the exploitation of diamonds. Responding to the shutdown...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector 5th Edition

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Published: 2016
Minister Chidhakwa announced that Zimbabwe's Consolidation Diamond Company has already started mining operations in Marange without adopting best practices. This raised questions on whether government moved to halt diamond mining operations and whether this had anything to do with reforming the diamond industry. The CRD was of the view that government was going to expedite the diamond law...

1.0 Powers of Parliament in Zimbabwe to Effect Accountability under Spotlight as Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Indigenisation meet Diamond Impoverished Marange Communities

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Published: 2016
An inquiry was conducted by the portfolio committee on mines and energy in Zimbabwe into the diamond mining sector between 2009 and 2013 with the intention of holding the executive to account. Although standing order 167 empowers the committee to summon anyone to appear before the committee for a hearing except the president, Mbada and Canadile miners initially refused to attend the committee...

Mining Developments in Marange Haunt Government for ignoring Chindori Chininga findings.

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Published: 2016
An inquiry was conducted by the portfolio committee on mines and energy in Zimbabwe in the diamond mining sector between 2009 and 2013 with the intention of holding the executive to account. In spite of the fact that standing order 167 empowers the committee to summon anyone to appear before the committee for a hearing except the president, Mbada and Canadile miners initially refused to attend...

Publish What you Pay : Position Paper on Key Mining Reforms in Zimbabwe

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Published: 2015
The compilation of this position paper is based on submissions that were made by some of the organisations that form the PWYP Zimbabwe Coalition following a resolution from the 2015 AGM. The submissions sought to summarize some of the critical issues to form this position paper on key mining reforms in Zimbabwe. The first submission is entitled: Transparency and accountability key in mineral...

Desilting set to Camouflage River Bed Mining in Odzi River: Nenhohwe-Odzi Subcatchement Area.

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Published: 2015
"The project that was awarded to Stromspice Trading to desilt and extract minerals in Odzi River is mired in controversy. The project comes at a time when government has already in acted statutory instrument 92 of 2014 of environmental management agency banning alluvial mining in river beds. The ministry of water launched a national desilting programme in 2014 and mandated the Zimbabwe Water...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector: Government Laxity over the Deteriorating State of Affairs in the Diamond Mining Manicaland Province Raises Eyebrows

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Published: 2015
The level of deterioration of the diamond industry of Manicaland Province deeply concerns the Centre for Research and Development. The government has been an active partner since commencement of formal mining operations in 2009. Events in the last 7 months have seen massive job losses, arbitrary salary cuts and employees working without salaries in Marange diamond mining operations. Many of the...

Mergers in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Sector set to Evade Human Rights due Diligence

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Published: 2015
The mining of diamonds in Zimbabwe had been operating at a minimum level before the commencement of large scale alluvial diamond mining in Marange in 2010. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) unpublished figures quoted in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report (2009), commercial diamond exports from Zimbabwe were paid 1.7 million in 2000 increasing to a peak of 44...

Will Zimbabwe Lift the Ban on DTZ-OZGEO Mining Activities Along Mutare River in Penhalonga?

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Published: 2015
DTZ-OZGEO is a partnership between the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) and a Russian registered company called Econedra. Vice President Dr. Joshua Nkomo initiated the set up of DTZ in 1989 with the vision of ensuring that Zimbabweans become active participants in development projects through sustainable management of their natural resources . Leaders of Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU...

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