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

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 su…

Citizen Engagement in Natural Resource Governance

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…

Export Diversification: Is it Really Necessary for Botswana?

" The main objective of this policy brief is to explore the reasons why Botswana continues to pursue the export diversification strategy in spite of its limited success over the years. This policy brief will summarize the reasons advanced by the stu…

Other Facets no 23

In ‘Zimbabwe diamond rush turns poisonous: Accusations lead to nationalization plan’ a diamond rush in the remote region of Marange in eastern Zimbabwe became the subject of a series of angry exchanges between the government and its critics beginni…

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Sustainable Natural Resources Exploitation in Africa: Lessons from Diamond Mining in Chiadzwa, Zimbabwe

"African countries are endowed with vast natural resources in general and mineral wealth in particular. Regrettably, most of the resource-rich countries in Africa face chronic shortages of financial capital, appropriate and advanced technologies and…

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

"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 com…

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, th…

A Tale of Two Countries: A Comparison of Botswana and Zimbabwe's Diamond Industries

In 2012 SADC produced 56.1% of the rough diamonds globally, but was still one of the poorest regions. This report compares the development, constraints and stages of the diamond supply chain in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The mining legislation and barga…

A Critique of the De-listing of ZMDC off the European Union Sanctions List

"On 16 September 2013, the European Union announced that Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) would be removed from its list of sanctioned entities, pending formalization by EU Foreign Ministers. According to the statement ZMDC would be al…

Civil Society's Role in Shaping Zimbabwe's Diamond Governance

"Zimbabwe confirmed that alluvial diamonds had been discovered in the Marange area in Mutare District in 2006. However, as in many other African countries, the promise diamond mining holds for economic growth has been eroded by a lack of transparen…

Beneficiation: A Case for Zimbabwe's Diamonds

Since the start of commercial diamond mining activities in Marange in 2009, Zimbabwe has been exporting thousands of jobs annually through the export of rough diamonds and by frustrating the fledgling local cutting and polishing industry. The govern…

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