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ZIMCODD, SARW to launch NDS1 and Auditor General’s tracking report

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THE Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) is set to launch the National Development Strategy 1 and the Auditor General’s (AG) tracking reports as the Civil Society Organisation grouping ups the game in holding the government to account.

In a recent update, the ZIMCODD said the launch will be held in conjunction with the Southern Africa Resources Watch (SARW) which will also launch its study.

“We will launch the NDS1 Monitoring Report and the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) recommendations Implementation Tracking Survey Report on Local Authorities (LAs).

“The launch will be in collaboration with the SARW which will also launch its study on the Fiscal Regime of Zimbabwe Platinum Sector,” said ZIMCODD.

The CSOs grouping said the NDS1 Report examines government performance in the implementation of NDS1 which commenced in 2020.

The OAG Recommendations Implementation Survey Report examines whether local authorities are implementing the recommendations proffered by the OAG.

The Fiscal Regime of Zimbabwe Platinum Sector examines the implications of the current mining fiscal regimes on national development and growth with a specific focus on the platinum sector.

“One of the major highlights of the NDS1 monitoring report is that the ecstasy and expectations associated with the NDS1 as an ambitious blueprint is deflated by the unavailability of granular and disaggregated data consistent with the NDS1 Key Result Areas (KRA)’s indicators and measures,” said ZIMCODD.

The grouping said Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTATs) is yet to produce statistics linked to the aspirations of the NDS1 underscoring that such deficiencies curtail the objective monitoring and tracking of the policy, discounting the thoughtfulness of the policy discourse thereof.

“However, to circumvent the data limitations, appropriate proxies were considered in place of NDS1 indicators and measures were taken where necessary. The report generally highlights that the NDS1 missed most of its targets in 2021,” said ZIMCODD.

The trackers are a result of the OAG recommendations on local authorities, ZIMCODD conducted a survey from the 13th of February to the 4th of March 2022 in a bid to promote transparency and accountability in the utilisation of public resources.

The survey covered the following LAs: Chiredzi Town Council (CTC), Zaka Rural District Council (Zaka RDC), Bikita Rural District Council (Bikita RDC), Masvingo City Council (MCC), Masvingo Rural District Council (Masvingo RDC), Chivi Rural District Council (Chivi RDC), Gutu Rural District Council (Gutu RDC), Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Matobo Rural District Council (Matobo RDC), Hwange Rural District Council,(Hwange RDC), Victoria Falls City Council (VCC), Gweru City Council (GCC), Kwekwe City ,Council (KCC), Zvishavane Town Council (ZTC) and Mutare City Council (Mutare CCC).

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