About Poverty Reduction Forum Trust
The Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (PRFT) is a civil society organization founded in 2008,(Notarial Deed of Trust MA220/2008), with the mandate to influence the formulation and implementation of pro-poor policies. The Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (PRFT) realizes this mandate through undertaking research on poverty issues, engaging with policy-makers, promoting broad-based consultative dialogue and processes, as well as advocating for sustainable human development in Zimbabwe. This is targeted at deepening and widening the debates on policy, strategy and practice and the decision-making processes that impact on poverty in the country. Mission The PRFT’s mission is to inform and influence poverty reduction and sustainable human development through research, public dialogue and advocacy.
PRFT commits to build the capacity of CSOs in Zimbabwe more specifically through the CSOs Reference Group on SDGs to hold the government to account on the delivery of the SDGs. It also commits to build the capacity of various Parliament Portfolio Committees to effectively play their oversight role in relation to the government’s SDGs implementation.
Objective 1: CSOs and marginalized groups are not left behind in SDGs implementation and their voices are used to inform and influence development processes at national, sectoral and local levels. The main activities will include but not limited to: (a) Awareness raising and Capacity-building of the CSOs Reference Group on the People’s Scorecard on national delivery of the 2030 Agenda. (b) Conduct evidence-based assessments using citizen-generated evidence on the progress and challenges of the 17 SDGs. (c) Develop a summary report. (d) Conduct a validation meeting with key stakeholders. (e) Publication of the consolidated report.
Objective 2: Policy makers, political leaders and private sector players are engaged in national level dialogue on SDGs and are held to account on their implementation. The main activities for this objective will be: (a) Bilateral Engagements with relevant Ministries (b) Engagement with Parliamentary Committee on SDGs. The overall goal is is push for the localization of the SDGs through building the capcity to locallu track progress and holding national report-back meetings instead of waiting for the HLPF. Our theory of change is that if CSOs capacity is built, they are in a position to effectively demand accountability from government and when government becomes accountability to its citizens transparency is enhanced and sustainable development is realized.