Academics launch think-tank

LOCAL academics have launched a new public policy think-tank, the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), in a move they say is aimed at filling a critical policy research gap that has emerged in the country over the last decade.

Report by Paidamoyo Muzulu

Kent University law lecturer Dr Alex Magaisa chairs the new institute’s board, which includes emerging academics Sibongile Mpofu of the National University of Science and Technology, journalist and communications advocacy specialist Rashweat Mkundu, development specialist Dr Phillan Zamchiya and Phillip Pasirayi who is based in the United Kingdom.Former Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition officials Pedzisai Ruhanya, a media studies PhD candidate, and Dewa Mavhinga head the secretariat.

Magaisa confirmed the formation of the new think-tank saying “there is something in the pipeline and I was approached to assist with intellectual leadership”.

Mavhinga said the institute is an independent and neutral public policy think-tank based in Zimbabwe to generate, produce and disseminate innovative ideas and cutting-edge policy analysis on good governance and respect for human rights in the country. He said ZDI would fill a gap left by existing institutes which have failed to provide policy alternatives.

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