The main justification on the implementation of the Access to Quality Gender Responsive Programme (also called Governance), which include Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Housing, agricultural support services and other public services is based on the current decline in the quality of social and economic services that are essential to the sustenance of the lives of women, youth, children and other people living in poverty in Zimbabwe. The decline in quality services is mainly due to the interlinked development problems in Zimbabwe, which mainly include the current centralisation of decision making power in the Executive arm of government, lack of public accountability and endemic corruption, increasing social and economic inequality arising from a patronage system and favouritism in the allocation of resources, the restricted democratic space of Civil Society and ordinary citizens and the increasing poverty level.
The overall objective of the ActionAid Zimbabwe governance work is to support women, the youth, children and other people living in poverty in Zimbabwe to hold governments and corporates to be accountable on issues of service delivery. Through holding central, local and corporates to account, ActionAid Zimbabwe and its partners seek to facilitate the improvements in quality, equity and gender responsiveness of public services to benefit women, children, the youth and other people living in poverty in Zimbabwe. In order to achieve this desired impact ActionAid Zimbabwe focuses on the following:
- Skills and capacity building of women, youth and children in leadership, lobby and advocacy and use of social accountability methods and tools
- Promotes strong community structures to effectively participate and influence the policies and decision making processes of government and corporates to secure their rights to improved public services
- Building coalitions in order to achieve programme outcomes (i.e. people living in poverty securing enhanced access to quality gender responsive public services)
- Conducting research and scoping studies on women's and youth participation in governance, level of access to public services, tax systems and tax policy reforms
- Strengthening the capacity of people living in poverty (70% being women) to effectively engage with and secure effective accountability from local and central government and corporates in the implementation of progressive policies and budgets, leading to enhanced access to quality public services
- Strengthening the capacity of ActionAid Zimbabwe and partners around quality programme implementation (i.e. focusing on Human Rights Based Approach-HRBA programming, social mobilisation, social accountability approaches and tools, coalition building campaigning, communication and tax justice reforms).