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Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association

Harare, Zimbabwe
Joined January 2018

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association-Using the Law to protect the environment. On a mission to protect rights of communities in resource rich areas, promote equitable and sustainable resource use

Presence in: Zimbabwe
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Formed in the year 2000, ZELA is a public interest environmental law organisation whose vision is a just society in which the rights of communities are respected and they get equitable benefits from their resources. ZELA uses various strategies in this work, including, public interest environmental litigation, research, advocacy, legal education, community organizing and mobilizing, institutional strengthening and capacity building. Thematically, ZELA is implementing five programmes namely the Extractive Industries and Mining Programme, Climate Change and Energy Programme, Local Service Delivery Programme, Land and Natural Resources Programme and Responsible Investments Programme. ZELA is part of regional and international networks like the Publish What You Pay campaign, African Coalition on Corporate Accountability, International Alliance on Natural Resources

People Associated With This Organization

Clarity Sibanda

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
Joined May 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice, Women's Rights
I am a development practitioner who is optimistic that a better world is possible. I look forward to interesting conversations in this platform.

Donald Mavhudzi

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (Unverified)
Joined May 2020
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods
Social entrepreneur, Urban Planner.

Mukasiri Sibanda

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (Unverified)
Joined May 2018
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information
An accountant by profession, Mukasiri Sibanda is keen to help resource rich communitied to assert and claim their rights, Environmental, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (EESCRs). He is an emerging researcher and an avid blogger on natural resource governance issues.

Nqobizitha Ndlovu

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
I am a Constitutional and human rights lawyer with major research interests in the rights of indigenous peoples and the natural resources governance framework. I am the National Legal and Policy Advisor at Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association. Further I am the thematic lead of the Land and Natural Resources programme. As a legal practitioner, both in private practice and as a member of the National Prosecuting Authority, I have grappled with community related issues covering a broad area ranging from criminal to land cases. While in our law ignorance is no excuse, it is correct that the major problem driving human rights violations is the lack of capacity and knowledge to hold duty bearers accountable. It is thus critical to adopt legal empowerment models as a means of capacitating communities not only to demand their rights but to be involved in the law and policy making processes. Besides work experience, I consider myself as an academic. I am currently a Doctoral candidate in Law with the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. My area of research is on the protection of indigenous peoples rights to land and natural resources in Zimbabwe.

Nyaradzo Mutonhori

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
Joined January 2018
Interests: Environmental Justice, Right to Information
I am a human rights lawyer and activist working in the field of environmental, economic and socio-cultural rights. Over the years I have worked with communities in resource-rich areas, empowering them to know their rights and to demand for respect and promotion of the rights; including facilitating access to justice and remedy where these rights are violated. I have passion for gender equality and women's empowerment work. I enjoy litigation, legal research and working to strengthen national human rights institutions and parliamentary oversight role in natural resource governance. My research work has been on sustainable forest management, sovereign wealth funds, community benefits in mining, business and human rights , human rights monitoring and advocacy for legal, policy and institutional reforms. Through this network I hope to get access to useful networks for strengthening this kind of work and to also get access to resources like articles and experts who can help through critique

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