Zimbabwe Diaspora Inclusion

The Roundtable Conference noted that of great importance to the national development agenda is the inclusion of Zimbabwe’s Diaspora community in any national dialogues. The contribution of this group is vital to the promotion of national cohesion and the success of any national projects. It was for this reason that the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) had been approached initially by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to facilitate a series of high-profile off-the-record dialogue engagements to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities for rebuilding the battered economy.

The conference was a first Roundtable in this series. Zimbabwean opinion leaders that represent key political formations and social sectors, both from within Zimbabwe and the Diaspora, were invited to deliberate in frank and open discussion about concerns and hopes for the regeneration of the country’s economy. Participants took the opportunity to engage on the envisioned economic future and the appropriate platforms and structures to achieve this.

While the content of the discussions was of critical significance, the process in itself represented a valuable instrument towards building trust and dismantling prejudices that may have existed between participants. Therefore, the confidential nature of this environment encouraged participants to participate in a forthright and constructive manner.The roundtable conference noted that the inclusion of Zimbabwe’s Diaspora community in national dialogues is of great importance to the national development agenda. The contribution of this group is vital to the promotion of national cohesion and the success of any national projects. It was for this reason that the IJR had been approached initially by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to facilitate a series of high-profile, off-the-record conversations to exchange views on the challenges of and opportunities for rebuilding the battered economy.

The conference was the first roundtable in this series. Opinion leaders that represent key political formations and social sectors, both from within Zimbabwe and the Diaspora, were invited to discuss their concerns and hopes for the regeneration of the country’s economy. Participants took the opportunity to engage on the envisioned economic future and the appropriate platforms and structures to achieve this.

While the content of the discussions was of critical significance, the process in itself represented a valuable instrument towards building trust and dismantling prejudices that may have existed between participants. The confidential nature of this environment encouraged participants to contribute in a forthright and constructive manner.