General Reports

Annual Report 2016

  • Posted on: 15 June 2017
  • By: tino

In 2016 we continued to work in accordance with our 2013 to 2022 strategic plan that includes the three programmatic areas: active citizenship, community security and influencing policy producing more than 20 reports, blogs and opinions pieces. In addition we adopted a new advocacy approach that focused more on on the dissemination of our research reports  and advocacy activities to various stakeholders.

The Violent Politics of Informal Work and How Young People Navigate Them: A Conceptual Framework

  • Posted on: 14 July 2016
  • By: admin

A report by the Institute of Development Studies in conjunction with the Research And Advocacy Unit titled: The Violent Politics of Informal Work and How Young People Navigate Them: A Conceptual Framework explores the linkages between young people’s economic engagement and their social and political engagement in contexts of violence in Africa. 

Research and Advocacy Unit Annual Report 2015

  • Posted on: 13 July 2016
  • By: admin


Last year - 2015 was a busy for RAU and 30 reports, opinion pieces and blogs were producedunder  three thematic areas as stated in the Strategic Plan, 2015- 2022.
All these are available on our website.
To read more about activities and challenges please read our Annual Report 2015 which has been uploaded onto the website. 
If you want any further information please contact the Research and Advocacy Unit on landline - 302764 or on email -

Homosexuality, Child Marriage, Christianity and Hypocrisy

  • Posted on: 17 August 2015
  • By: admin

This paper suggests that it is hypocritical to claim that Biblical injunctions against homosexuality in Leviticus and deduced from the story of Sodom and Gomorrah are part of the the eternal and immutable word of the Lord, and then to revert to dispositionalism and temporal relativism when it comes to Biblical prescripts in relation to sex, sexuality and gender - particularly in regard to child marriage. The same approach is paralleled in regard to "traditional African culture".

Being a Born-free: Violence, Youth and Agency in Zimbabwe

  • Posted on: 8 December 2014
  • By: admin

This research report presents the findings of case study research with youth in six locations in Zimbabwe, carried out within the Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency (PVCA) programme. It shows how young people experience growing up as citizens in a country known for its repressive regime, and highlights the differences for young men and young women

Zimbabwe: Future Scenarios (2007)

  • Posted on: 18 August 2014
  • By: admin

With the recent development of the SADC initiative on Zimbabwe, and the enforced nomination of Robert Mugabe as the Zanu PF candidate for “harmonised” elections in 2008, the political problem in Zimbabwe has significantly altered. It is also significant that some dialogue has taken place between factions of Zanu PF and the MDC, apparently brokered by the South African government. These “talks” suggest that some discussion has taken place, within Zanu PF and between Zanu PF and the MDC, on ways to resolve the “succession” problem in Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe: The Way Forward (2011)

  • Posted on: 18 August 2014
  • By: admin

The SADC mediated Global Political Agreement, signed in September 2008 and brought into operation in
February 2009 is clearly in trouble. Established as a modality for creating the conditions for a generally
acceptable election, after ZANU PF’s violent response to a popular vote against the Mugabe regime in
2008, many hoped, in the face of indications to the contrary, that the resultant interim government would
serve as a bridge to an internationally acceptable electoral solution to the Zimbabwe crisis.

Land Reform, Sanctions, Regime Change, and Sovereignty

  • Posted on: 18 August 2014
  • By: admin

No terms have been more abused or deliberately misunderstood than land reform, sanctions, regime change, and sovereignty, and especially because these terms have become inextricably inter-locked in the highly successful propaganda war mounted by ZANU PF for more than a decade. De-constructing the ZANU PF position around these terms is relatively simple: land reform leads to Western-imposed sanctions, which leads to the desire by Western nations for regime change through elections, and that now means that Western puppets are planning to interfere with Zimbabwe’s sovereign status.

Where Does Zimbabwe Go Next: Constitutions, Elections, or Transition? (Aug 2012)

  • Posted on: 18 August 2014
  • By: admin

Since the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in September 2008 and the setting in place of the Inclusive Government (IG) in February 2009, Zimbabwe has been stuck with the inevitable consequences of a dysfunctional peace agreement. With the fixed constitutional deadline for the dissolution of parliament in June 2013, the implications of the lack of reform and impasse over the constitution, it is perhaps time to think more creatively about how to unblock the Zimbabwe crisis.