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

CRD Presentation at Manicaland Provincial Civil Society Dialogue on Diamonds in Preparation for the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference

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Published: 2014
The potential of diamonds in Marange to accrue the much needed revenue that could resuscitate the ailing Zimbabwe economy and uplift the living standards of vulnerable communities has not materialized due to lack of transparency in the allocation of mining rights, beneficial ownership, opaque financial terms of joint ventures coupled with diamond leakages.

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector

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Published: 2014
The document is divided into four main headings. The headlines are then discussed in more detail with subtitles following. The first heading poses the question: 1. Is Zimbabwe prepared to reap the benefits from BRICs investments? The following important facts are then discussed as follows : (i) Economic linkages with BRICS, (ii) Zimbabwe/China mining venture in Marange Diamond fields, (iii)...

Raising the Community voice in the Extractive Sector: Challenges and Future prospects of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe

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Published: 2014
"The later part of the year 2013 saw the government of Zimbabwe making lukewarm efforts to address challenges bedeviling the mining sector that civil society groups working in this sector have been highlighting relentlessly for years with very limited response from government. Despite the mining sector failing to achieve the projected growth of 17.1 in 2013 statistics from the ministry of...

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

"Diamond mining in Chiadzwa started as an illegal activity carried out by members of the community who were attempting to find alternative sources of livelihood. It is said that by 2006, De Beers (a South African Diamond Mining Company) had undertaken some feasibility studies and prospecting in Chiadzwa after being granted a prospecting order by the government. The presence of diamonds was...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector

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Published: 2013
This newsletter covers a report on Resource conflict between “illegal miners” and companies mining in Marange and Penhalonga Impact negatively on the community as incidences of human rights abuses continue to spiral and an article on the government's failure to compensate families relocated to Arda Transau. Several cases of human rights abuses are also discussed.

Raising the Community voice in the Extractive Sector: Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Extractive Sector on the Immediate Communities.

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Published: 2013
"This news letter features a survey recently conducted by CRD in the mining communities of Chimanimani West in Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. The research survey highlights socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining activities from the community‘s perspective. It also features interviews with various stakeholders working with the mining sector. Views expressed here is food for...

Challenges and Future prospects of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe

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Published: 2013
"The report evaluate some of the governance challenges in the mining sector seen in 2013 with a view of impressing on policy makers to adapt policies that encourage economic growth of the sector at the same time upholding principles of human rights for communities living in resource rich areas. The report reflects on the effects of poor governance practices in the mining sector in the eyes...

Is Zimbabwe Prepared to Reap the Benefits from BRICs Investments?

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Published: 2013
Equitability and sustainability should be exercised when natural resources are exploited. Diamond mining at Anjin has, to a large extent, revealed worst mining practices have been revealed, to a large extent, at the mining of diamonds at Anjin. These practices revealed to be exclusionary and unsustainable. Transparency and accountability challenges have dominated their mining activities...

Environmental Impacts of Gold Mining in Penhalonga

"Gold mining in Penhalonga represents all methods of gold extraction from deep underground mining, to small-scale mining with mines only a few metres deep, through large-scale alluvial mining and the most infamous gold panning. The area therefore is affected by the environmental impacts of each of these mining methods. It is a fact that whichever mining method, gold mining has environmental...

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