Community Youth Development Trust
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Background of the Community Youth Development Trust
CYDT was formed in 2012 with the vision of promoting youth participation and engagement in decision making, based on democracy and a respect of human rights by bringing together young people from different social, economic and political backgrounds. The organization was registered was formally registered in December 2015. Today, CYDT is the largest interdisciplinary organization within the province of Matabeleland South that provides ideal platform for youth participation and engagement in governance and democracy issues. To combat the challenges young people are facing in Zimbabwe, the organization focuses mainly on improving youth capacities so as to promote self-sustenance, lobby and advocacy on constitutionalism so that devolution of power (among others) are implemented; in order to have youths accessing and getting empowered from locally available resources.
Our programming mainly focus on promoting positive youth development and encouraging them to meaningfully partake in local issues so that they are able to influence decisions and input towards their local governance agenda – that will see them getting improved social service delivery. In our programing we also try to promote adult and youth partnership in issues of development and democracy so as to foster care and support at community level of peers and adults- that they get involved in activities that provide opportunities to nurture their interests, talents, skills and give recognition. This we do by encouraging young women to demand separate platforms with their leaders so as to engage them on issues affecting them. We also hold separate platforms for male youths where is necessary.
As CYDT, we envision a better future for the youth in Matabeleland South Province by capacitating them to define their destiny and embark on income self-help projects. The organization advocates for youth space where young people will be given opportunities to explore their leadership skills which will see local communities being developed and also young women and men elected to local authority positions.
Since its inception CYDT has managed to work with young women and men in Matabeleland South - in promoting sustainable development and in amplifying youth voice on governance and democracy issues. To this; extend the organization led the process of petitioning parliament on the ongoing water feud between Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) and Municipality of Gwanda leading to serious water crisis in Gwanda The main thrust of the organization is to help young people influence community growth and decision making at local governance level which will then improve on their welfare. Currently, we have petitioned Parliament and the Office of the Presidents and Cabinet on the deliberate maginalisation of young people in highest decision making boards such as cabinet. https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/01/youths-petition-parly-mnangagwa
To become a dynamic nonpolitical organization that inspires young women and men to be in charge of their destiny, rights and realize their potentials
To empower and capacitate marginalized youths in Matabeleland South province with knowledge and skills so as to make a difference in national, political & social discourse
- To provide a platform for young women and men to express their views and concerns on issues affecting development in Matabeleland South
- To help young women and men realize their capabilities in social, cultural, economic, developmental and democratic issues
- To increase their influence in decision making and in holding elected leaders to account for their promises hence increase leaders’ efficiency in ensuring sound service delivery
- To encourage them to effectively engage in governance, political and democratic Processes such as elections.
- To establish a young citizen journalist cohort so as to facilitate dissemination of information
- To protect, promote and defend young women and men’s rights at all levels
CYDT Governance structure
The General Council
The GC consists of the representatives from member organization (institutional members). These members are civic society and community based organizations. The GC is supreme decision making body of the organization. The GC shall meet every year at the Annual General Meeting and holds its elective meeting after two years – 1st one will be held in December 2018.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of 5 young people (three females and 2 males). The current chairperson is Lindiwe Mpahosa who is also the regional committee member- ZIMRIGHTS – Gwanda Chapter. The sixth member is the Coordinator and has no voting powers. The B.O.T meets frequently to strategize on resource mobilization and give directions on policy issues. Other board members are, Bevelina Dube (Social Scientist), Nomakhosi Sandi (Legal Advisor), Ndabezinhle Sibanda (Accountant) and Wellington Nare (Journalist and board secretary)
Clients of the organization
Community Youth Development Trust has worked with other already established organizations based in Gwanda, Bulawayo and Plumtree. The organization has established its presence in rural and peri-urban areas of Gwanda town, Plumtree, Mzingwane and Beitbridge. In carrying out activities, the organization has reached out to the surrounding communities conducting Youth Community Forums, Policy Debate meetings and Sector Focus Group Meetings.
Since its inception CYDT has managed to maintain programing visibility through collaborations with other likeminded organizations such as;
- Women Institution for Leadership Development (WILD)
- Election Resource Centre (ERC)
- Organizing for Zimbabwe (O4Z)
- Women Development Association in Zimbabwe (WODAZ)
- Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
- Crisis Zimbabwe Coalition
- Gwanda Economic Development Trust
- Indosakusa Positive Women Trust
- Gwanda Residents Association
The major beneficiaries of the CYDT are young women and men between the ages of 18 to 35 within the province. Adults together with community leaders shall be targeted so as to change their mindset on young people.