Activity Based Funding

Project  :  Activity-Based support

Project description
YETT seeks to support its networking partner organizations who intend to create advocacy momentum behind important international commemorations and activities that promote youth-led advocacy and information dissemination. Each year, twice a year, a call is made inviting applications from youth-led organizations to submit proposals for projects whose outcomes will promote youth participation and, ultimately, set an agenda among key decision makers.

Objectives
The activity based funding is aimed at developing a  coordinated and conscious youth movement that is empowered to increase advocacy on key youth issues that promote the participation of young people in moral, social, cultural, economic and political reconstruction of Zimbabwe and eventually becoming agents of change in those facets.

Progress made so far in achieving results.
YETT has managed to support partner organizations with funding that has built capacities of youth and youth organizations, raised awareness among the youth and promoted advocacy and commemorated important events and days. Here are some of the initiatives supported in recent months;.

  1. Youth Alliance for Democracy (YAD)
    The organization was supported to engage in a dialogue that brought together political parties, youth leaders to deliberate on strategies to curb resurgent political violence. Political violence is rampant among the youth in the country who are often used as foot soldiers of adult politicians. Following the dialogue, youth wings of political parties agreed to issue out a statement rejecting violence and working within their parties to stop violence.
  2. Achieve Your Goal Trust (AYGT)
    The AYGT organization undertook research to establish the reasons for apathetic participation of youth in electoral processes. A survey was done in the 10 provinces of the country and a report produced identified key reasons for youth voter apathy. Click here to view the report.
  3. Contemporary Affairs Foundation (CAF)
    CAF facilitated a dialogue with youth and political players to ascertain factors hindering youth participation in elections. Findings were used to train 155 ambassadors in 29 wards in Bulawayo as ambassadors meant to encourage other youth to participate in electoral processes. The two engagements involved 1355 participants including research respondents, youth from political parties and trained ambassadors.
  4. Dominion Breed
    Dominion Breed has carried out activities meant to stimulate and promote proactive involvement of the youth and other stakeholders in issues of proper waste management reaching out to close to 17 000 people in the high density suburbs of Harare and the Central Business District. This also kick-started an advocacy campaign for the enforcement of waste management by-laws of the city.
  5. National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS)
    Through, engaging the Pastoral Letter by the Catholic Bishops which commented on the countries state of social, political and economic affairs, the Catholic students agreed on practical steps of implementing recommendations of their bishops through  setting up advocacy committees to action these recommendations.
  6. National Youth Development Trust (NYDT)
    In 2011, Commemorations of the Day of the African Child were utilized to provide a cocktail of activities that promote participation of youth in national processes. It also provided platforms for young people to dialogue with policymakers on their concerns on issues such as access to education, constitutional reform and the rights of the girl child.
  7. Platform for Youth Development (PYD)
    While commemorating the Day of the African Child, in 2011 the PYD set on a mission to popularize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at grassroots level in marginalized rural communities. This provided youth with an opportunity to learn about the MDGs and also to interact with their local traditional leadership and civil society players on how issues relating to development can be addressed in order for MDGs to be attained at grassroots level.
  8. Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
    YETT assisted ZINASU to set up systems to strengthen the organization’s capacity and management through a process that put together a Finance and Procedures policy. The activity also allowed the organization to revisit its vision and mission. This process was necessary to help the organization resurge from the organizational development challenges it has been going through.
  9. Zimbabwe Young Women Network for Peace Building (ZYWNP)
    ZYWNP has documented the challenges faced by young women in the apostolic sect churches where forced early marriages are rife. Among the key challenges faced by these young women include HIV/AIDS and gender based violence. The work of ZYWNP produced a DVD documentary which has been useful in advocacy activities targeted at government, the church, traditional leaders and youth organizations to respond to the situation.
  10. Youth Talk
    ODDYSEY- From student to sex worker is a documentary of challenges faced by young women and what drive them into sex work. The documentary has recorded (number) hits on You Tube in addition to the physical distribution of copies to key decision makers as means of raising awareness on what needs to be done in order to empower women economically since poverty trigger women to do sex work which will make them vulnerable to STIs and HIV.
  11. Zimbabwe Young Christian Students (ZYCS)
    YETT has supported leadership training targeting young Christians in tertiary institutions providing a platform to reflect critically on their leadership, organizing and networking roles within the current socio – economic and political setting. Students are also equipped with information necessary to support advocacy and knowledge on how they can approach policy makers for their issues to be heard.
  12. Batanai
    AnHIV/AIDS advocacy training workshops was held in Masvingo urban and Gutu rural with the view to increase awareness of youths on their rights to treatment, material resources and services and advocacy skills to seek those rights. Among those in attendance were youth  living with HIV who managed to share with other youth on the importance of voluntary counselling and testing.

    Two youth advocacy teams were formed and were tasked to be the steering committees of HIV/AIDS advocacy issues affecting the youths in the two districts.
  13. Ruwa Girls Club (VOHA)
    The activity sought to provide a platform for youth engagement in order to promote behavioural change, gender equality and zero tolerance on all unfair practices against young women in the fight against HIV and AIDS pandemic through netball. The activity which was attended by over 500 young women and 100 young men was the first of its kind to be done by VOHA in Hatcliffe, Harare. The activity targeted young women and children from farming communities who are usually left with information with most getting married at an early age exposing themselves to STI and HIV. The activity which was carried under the theme, “Victory Over HIV/ AIDS” attracted a number of speakers from Childline, ZICHIRE, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and local councillors who spoke on dangers of getting married early, having unprotected sex and encourage the girl child to report any form of abuse. Young women were also encouraged to have protected sex.
  14. Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights
    Poetry and music is a creative way of reaching to young people, hence, harnessing its power to promote ways of engaging youth in making positive contributions in promoting peace in their communities.
  15. Kulani Trust
    In the border town of Plumtree, the issue of illegal migration is a major challenge among young people, particularly, young women in the community who are at risk of human trafficking.  In 2011, Kulani Trust, capitalized on the momentum of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence to advocate for the upholding of women’s rights, women empowerment for gender equality.
  16. Katswe Sistahood
    Women’s bodies have been equated to war zones and Katswe Sistahood uses theatre and arts, to allow young women to tell stories of how sexual violence has affected their lives and how this links to the national and global issues of politics, economics, capitalism, power and patriarchy.

    Over 1000 young women and men have taken to the streets in a campaign against rape. Additionally, a performance of the vagina monologues centring on rape was staged. Apart from telling their own stories the theatre cast attended a series of court sessions in solidarity with young women who have survived sexual violence. 

    This engagement allowed rape survivors to find comfort in others like themselves as well as realize the power of solidarity and speaking out.
  17. CEDEA
    A Youth Leadership Training program has been offered to youth leaders from various organizations and communities across Mashonaland West province. The leaders were equipped with basic leadership skills with a bias on ethical and transformational leadership. Also this led to the formation of a leadership network that will meet monthly to deliberate on contemporary issues that affect young people in the province and nationally.
  18. Platform for Youth Development
    Chipinge has been labelled one of the “gender hot spots” in the country because of rife harmful cultural practices against young women and girls. Platform for Youth Development Trust (PYD) in 2011 utilized 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence to engage the community and raise awareness on wrong practises and abuses against women as a way to amplify the cry of vulnerable young women in the area. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights which was also represented committed themselves to help women who would have been abused.
  19. Young Voices Network (YVN)
    YETT supported YVN to carry out the environment and climate change survey. The survey was undertaken in Bindura, Epworth, Macheke, Mutoko, Epworth, Chitungwiza and Harare Central. The main objective of the survey is to provide baseline data on environmental knowledge, attitude and behavior amongst the youth population in both rural and urban areas. Click to view report
  20. Marvel Act Youth Organization (MAYO)
    MAYO Trust have used commemorations to mark World AIDS Day to increase awareness and urge sexual behaviour change among young people in Mutoko. The function used performing arts and testimonials as means of raising awareness on HIV.
  21. Born Free
    In 2011, Born Free received support for a youth music festival as an interactive youth development platform aimed at building and supporting a formidable youth movement that uses the power of creativity (music) to articulate socio-economic challenges faced by young people in Zimbabwe.

Number of young people reached
In 2011  a total of twenty-seven thousand nine hundred and fifty-two (27 952) people directly benefited from the implemented activities. Of these 45 % of them were young women and a percentage comprised of government, community leaders, political party members and policy makers.

Sustainability
Various initiatives supported will set a precedent whereby the results formulate the agenda where partner organizations will support the long-term impact of the project and its sustainability by following up on the commitments generated by key duty bearers during activities and is therefore integrated into the respective organization’s existing work.