ZINEST seeks equal opportunities for all

HARARE - Progressive and apolitical development player Zimbabwe Network for Economic and Social Transformation (ZINEST) has set its sights on scaling up individual, community and national development while stamping out other social challenges like women and child abuse.

Speaking to Daily News, ZINEST Board Chairperson, journalist, social entrepreneur and development worker Takemore Mazuruse said Zimbabwe just like many developing nations need apolitical and dedicated development players that have a wholesome solution to obtaining challenges.

“Zimbabwe just like most developing African nations is facing a number of challenges on the economic and social front and this call for development players with a collective and all-inclusive approach. ZINEST has thus positioned itself to play its part and we are rolling out programmes across Zimbabwe working with all progressive citizens and communities,” he said.

To achieve its goals and objectives, the organisation works with relevant government ministries, development agencies, business, media, artists and other relevant progressive stakeholders.

Mazuruse said while it is critical to have as many development players working to capacitate communities and stamp out societal ills, it was equally critical that players are abreast with obtaining trends so that they adapt accordingly.

“Development work has evolved and it is imperative that all players depart from the norm and utilize market relevant models that can help them achieve their goals and objectives. At ZINEST we are engaging all relevant players from government, development agencies, religious leaders and the corporate sectors while partnering with the media as well as other opinion leaders in arts and sports,” he said.

The ZINEST model seems to be taking shape and the organisation’s Board Chairperson said it is their hope that they achieve economic and social transformation for Zimbabweans from all walks of life.

“In a largely polarized environment like Zimbabwe, it is important that we have players that help foster unity while attending to the needs of all regardless of one’s race, political affiliation or gender. Women and children as well as disadvantaged members of the community must be empowered while at the same time ensuring that we capacitate communities to deal with their everyday challenges,” he said.

Key programmes by ZINEST include community development, women affairs and gender, youth empowerment, arts and culture as well as education and advocacy and all these provide a holistic approach to community challenges.

“We have community relevant programmes and these are achieved through relevant activities among them training and mentoring, community outreach programme, exhibitions, conferences, and seminars, concerts and festivals as well as consultancy services. All these are done in a transparent and professional way through an experienced and highly qualified team,” Mazuruse said.

ZINEST is a membership based organisation and Mazuruse said their doors are open to those willing to play their part in fostering economic and social transformation in Zimbabwe.

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