What’s Empowering People All About?

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | OpEd

Empowering people to be the drivers of their own destiny instead of being perennially dependent should be the focus of development work in Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, projects that are implemented in communities do not blend in well with the ecosystem and the people.

There is usually a disconnect between development priorities and the reality on the ground. Due to tge professionalisation of development work, there’s a dearth of passion and dedication to see programmes change people’s lives and livelihoods.

Oftentimes, development workers are content with drafting reports and making recommendations that do not translate to anything siginificant on the ground.

On the other hand, it appears targeted beneficiaries have accumulated knowledge on how to play the development game.

Like pawns in a chess game, they acquiese to every whim of the so-called development workers even if they largely don’t believe in programmes. 

So, over to you, what do you think empowering people is all about?

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