Special projects

In 2023, ACT-SA facilitated the setting up of the ZCSACC after observing the endemic nature of corruption in Zimbabwe. Coalitions give strength in numbers and also that more can be achieved together than what one entity can achieve alone. In addition, Coalitions provide safety for advocacy efforts and protection for members who may not be able to take action alone, particularly when operating in a hostile or difficult environment where civic space is shrinking. The following are the members of the ZCSACC:

Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa

Bulawayo Progressive Residents and Ratepayers Association

Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa

Interfaith Council Peace and Justice Trust

Freedom to the Disabled Persons of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Organisation for the Youth in Politics

Zimbabwe Elections and Advocacy Trust

United Mutare Residents Association

Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association

Kwekwe Tenants and Ratepayers Association

Combined Redcliff Residents Association

Zimbabwe Community Empowerment Project

Victoria Falls Residents and Ratepayers Association

Zvishavane Greater Residents and Ratepayers Association

Zimbabwe Women against Corruption Trust

Chitungwiza Residents Trust,

Nyanga Urban Residents and Ratepayers Association

Masvingo United Residents Association

Voice of Justice

Zimbabwe Community Voices

Civil Society Initiative for Stolen Asset Recovery in Southern Africa

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that Africa loses as much as $60 billion each year in illicit financial flows (IFF). The African Capacity Building Foundation estimating losses amounting US$50 billion in Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) out of Africa.

The IFF’s out of Africa have become a matter of grave concern to 17 civil society organisations drawn from 10 Southern African countries. The regional coalition coordinated by ACT-SA seeks to complement efforts by government agencies in the process of identification, tracing, seizure, confiscation and return of stolen assets. Generally, recognising that States lead the process but CSOs play an important supporting role in the different stages of the asset recovery process. Asset recovery is often undermined by the simple reason that the stolen assets cannot be found because of lack of concerted efforts by all stakeholders in the asset recovery process. Excluding CSOs in the entire asset recovery process would be self-defeating and thus the setting of the Civil Society Initiative for Stolen Asset Recovery in Southern Africa (CSO-ISARSA) to make the participation of CSOs well organized and coordinated. The project has elected its own Regional Steering Committee, Secretariat and Membership as shown below.

Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa

The Civil Society Organisations Initiative for Stolen Asset Recovery in Southern Africa (CSO-ISARSA)

Adv. Gabriel Shumba Chambers, Lawyers for Human Rights Building, Kutlwanong Democracy Centre, 357 Visagie Street, Cnr Sisulu Street, Pretoria 0001, Republic of South Africae-mail: actsouthernafrica@gmail.com / advshumba@gmail.com

Regional Steering Committee

Chairperson / SAACoN representative:  Southern African Anti-Corruption Network (SAACoN) Chantelle de Sousa, info@saacon.com      

Deputy Chairperson: Robert Letsatsi Botswana Watch Organization botswanawatch@gmail.com

Treasurer: Pusetso Morapedi, Botswana Centre for Public Integrity; pusetsom@bcpi.org.bw

Secretary: Obert Chinhamo, ACT-SA., obert.chinhamo@gmail.com

Deputy Secretary: Samuel Gondwe  Hope Plus Foundation, samthapasira@gmail.com;

Committee member: Gilbert Chisenga, Foundation for Democratic Process – FODEP gilbertchisenga33@gmail.com,

Committee Member: Ernest Mpararo, Ligue Congolaise De Lutte Contre La Corruption (LICOCO), licocordc@gmail.com

Committee member: Masauso Lungu, Centre for Ethics and Public Integrity  masausolungu@yahoo.com

Committee Member: Ahmed Malide, House of Civil Society Organisations malideahmed68@gmail.com

Committee Member: Sandra Matendere, Zimbabwe Women against Corruption Trust (ZWACT zwactdirector@gmail.com

CSO-ISARSA Coordinator / Legal Counsel:  Adv Gabriel Shumba, ACT-SA, South Africa; advshumba@gmail.com