Reports & Manuals

Community Based Urban Planning Toolkit Participatory Urban Planning is a dynamic process emphasises involving the entire community in the strategic and management processes of urban planning. It emanates from the perspective that poor and often marginalized people can and should be enabled to analyze their own reality in order to participate effectively in the planning and development process.

Practical Action Southern Africa annual report 2007-8 (PDF, 6.9Mb) Practical Action Southern Africa Annual Report 2007-8

Read about Practical Action Southern Africa's work over the last year in our Annual Report 2007-8 (PDF, 6.9Mb)

Improving Urban Livelihoods Epworth Sustainable Livelihoods benchmark study, May 2008
If the livelihoods of people in places such as Epworth are to change there should be a holistic intervention approach to diverse but related areas such as shelter, provision of water, environmental conservation, urban agriculture, construction of roads, institution building and informal sector development. Thus, this benchmark study helped in coming up with recommendations that can be used for improving and fostering sustainable livelihoods in Epworth. Download PDF (861k)

Regulatory Framework in Waste Management workshop report, 23 March 2006
A report on the second in a series of workshops on Waste Management organised by Practical Action Southern Africa on 23 March 2006, bringing together local urban council authorities, government officials, environmental management agency officials, journalists, community groups, scientists, as well as educators, researchers and members of the private sector. The workshop theme emphasised the elements of integration and sustainability of the waste management regulations in urban areas, and the papers presented covered a wide range of aspects of waste management regulations and provided many useful examples. Download PDF (410k)

Regulatory Framework and Policy Review report, December 2005
This report details the findings of a review study undertaken on the legislative and policy framework for waste management in Zimbabwe, with special reference to Harare, Chitungwiza and Epworth. The main objective of the study was to evaluate the policy and legislative framework governing the management of waste in Zimbabwe with special focus on the three areas mentioned above. Download PDF (571k)

Emerging Issues in Urban Waste Management workshop proceedings, 10 February 2006
Practical Acton organised a stakeholders’ workshop to deliberate on the possible practical solutions to the waste management challenges bedevilling the local authorities. Waste management has emerged as one of the greatest challenges facing local authorities throughout Zimbabwe. Waste management services have increasingly become inadequate, as evidenced by the rise in illegal dumping and the proliferation of the now seemingly permanent piles of rubbish in some commercial, industrial and residential areas of the urban areas. Download PDF (329k)

Community-based waste management in rural areas project report
Practical Action has thus adopted an integrated waste management system to address the problem of waste in Chitungwiza, Epworth and Mbare. Through technological interventions waste is being converted into marketable products. There are micro-enterprises providing low cost waste management services. Through community health and hygiene extension education and training waste handling has improved and thus contributed to improved health and hygienic standards. Although the project is still in its infancy, this paper shares the concept, steps followed, impacts and lessons drawn so far. Download PDF (1.1Mb)

Knowledge and Information Systems (KIS) in Epworth November 2002
This research was carried out to analyse existing trends in knowledge and information systems in Epworth, to help inform decisions on project identification, implementation and future evaluations. This research project recommends that people’s livelihoods in Epworth may be improved through effecting sustainable knowledge and information systems. However throughout any intervention there must be participatory decision-making processes that give due recognition to the nature of marginalisation that exist within some communities. Download PDF (381k)

Community Based Planning Manual - May 2009
This manual is a planning guideline for Core Facilitation Team (CFT) members but also a useful guide to District Training Teams. CFTs are at least four people selected in the ward who are usually technical government extension staff, the local councillor, the ward co-ordinator and a respected or retired person in the ward. However other facilitators could be selected from the community but should have the energy and enthusiasm to develop and implement community based plans. Download PDF (1.6Mb)

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