Building and managing consensus for peace and security in Zimbabwe

Project Overview

ZPSP has developed a project aimed at developing specific sectoral consultation process that will enable focused planning on security sector transformation. The project combines both training and consultation processes in which participants assess their particular interests and role in the security sector and the strategies through which they can interact most effectively with each other. The workshops are designed to provide training both at the broad leadership level of the Steering Committee and within the principal sectors in which the programme is building boundary partnerships.

The overall objective of the project is:

To develop and combine specific sectoral action plans into a national consensus-based action plan that will be developed and approved by the Programme Steering Committee.


Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

  • The Swiss Federal Department of foreign Affairs is the core partner in this project, providing technical experts and financial support for the process.

Centre for Security Studies

  • The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich gives technical support in the implementation of the project.


Since its inception the project has implemented the following major activities

  1.  A training workshop on “Building national consensus on SST: The role of civil society” (click here for a summary report of this activity)
  2. A training workshop on “Building national consensus in justice, peace and security: The role of traditional leaders” (click here for a summary report of this activity).
  3. A training workshop on "Building national consensus on SST: Ensuring a gender-based strategy" (click here for a summary report of this activity).


The above workshops have resulted in the following:

  • A better understanding by traditional leaders and civil society representatives of the concept of mediation and consensus building for peace and security.
  • An appreciation by traditional leaders of the new Zimbabwean constitution as it applies to their role in addressing peace and security issues.
  • Improved consensus-building and mediation skills and ability to apply them to the role of civil society organizations and traditional leaders
  • Creation of space for dialogue- The presence of the state actors and traditional leaders in the civil society workshop, created opportunity for dialogue across sectors. So did the presence of state officials, civil society representatives and academics in the workshop held for traditional leaders.