ZDNNA provides a platform for a structured dialogue, convergence of ideas and promotion of actions among Zimbabweans in North America aimed at leveraging the productive use of human and financial resources that the Diaspora has in abundance and Zimbabwe needs, for the benefit of all Zimbabweans irrespective of individual socio- economic and political status.
ZDNNA Specific Objectives and Priorities
As the North American node of ZDHIP, the ZDNNA specific objectives and priorities are consistent with the ZIDHIP ones; they are to:
- Mobilize the North American Diaspora;
- Exchange knowledge with and engage the home front state and non-ntate actors;
- Promote investment;
- Build capacity of public and private stakeholders at Home; and
- Promote philanthropy and strengthen ties with the home front.
ZDNNA identified the following activities as ‘low-hanging fruit’ that would provide traction and recognition as a representative platform for the Diaspora:
- Initiating communication with the Embassy.
- Advocacy for simplification of processing of birth certificates, IDs and passports by working in conjunction with the Embassy.
- Lobbying for Embassy senior staff to have the authority to address issues such as notification of birth, renunciation of citizenship, etc.
- Proposing possible ‘diaspora engagement policy’ for discussion and adoption with ’trust building’ between the home front and diaspora.
- Highlighting the contribution of remittances to the economy and the need to induce the diaspora to invest by offering incentives in the form of removal of taxes and duties, etc.
To date, ZDNNA has made the following milestones:
- Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Zimbabwe Local Government Associations (ZILGA) in September 2012.
- Prepared and presented the draft Diaspora Engagement Policy Paper to the ZIDHIP Steering Committee and the home front Working Group in March 2013.
- Hosted Zimbabwe Independence celebrations in 2013 and 2014.
- Officially launched the North Carolina Chapter.
- Coordinated the Zimbabwe Human Capital Forum led by Secretary for Higher Education in conjunction with Zimbabwe Business Network International (ZBNI) in May 2013.