Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe

Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe UCAZ is one of the oldest local government associations in Africa (est, 1923). It is a forum for urban local authorities, seeks to ensure world class service delivery in Zimbabwe.
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UCAZ is one of the oldest local government associations in Africa. It started as a loose forum of municipalities in 1923 when councils used to meet and discuss matters of common concern. In 1940 the forum adopted a constitution which established the Local Government Association of Southern Rhodesia (LGASR) with a permanent secretariat. The Association has gone through many name changes from LGASR, Local Government Association of Rhodesia, Local Government Association of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia to the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe. UCAZ is a voluntary association of 31 urban local authorities, enjoying a 100% membership of all urban councils in Zimbabwe. The UCAZ constitution was last amended in June 2002 in order to reflect the new challenges brought about by government’s decentralisation policy as well as other changes in the local government sector. Funding
The Association is funded through members’ subscriptions. It also receives assistance from donors and partners in local government. Subcommittees and Officers’ For a
The Association has five subcommittees, namely: Management, Manpower and Legal Services; Finance; Health Services; Housing and Community Services and Technical Services. Seven officers’ fora have been established for Town Clerks, Directors of Finance, Directors of Health, Directors of Housing and Community Services, Town Engineers and Women in Local Government. Reforming the Association
From the mid 1990s the Association embarked on a restructuring and reorientation exercise which resulted in a major shift from the secretariat’s traditional emphasis on administration to the implementation of programmes which address the concerns of its members. Pursuant to this, the post of Secretary General was established with the first Secretary General being appointed in August 1998. The Association is now in a position to,

Lobby government and relevant organisations
Research into matters of importance to its members, where appropriate, in partnership with other experts at institutions of higher learning
Scrutinise legislation and current policies in the light of current trends and thinking on local government and make recommendations thereon. Study practices in other jurisdictions and make recommendations thereon
Provide expertise in key areas to members with the co-operation of partners in local government, in areas such as finance and health


Association Capacity Building (ACB) Programme - Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The fruits of the restructuring exercise and UCAZ’s potential to scale even greater heights were immediately recognised by its international partners. It was selected as one of the five Association Capacity Building (ACB) pilot projects under the then International Union of Local Authorities. Through the successful participation of UCAZ in the ACB, the Association developed into a powerful and organised institution which is steering reform of local government into the new millennium. It was funded by the Dutch government to the tune of NLG354 998,00. Within the ACB programme were plans to:

Work with stakeholders on the development of a vision and a Strategic Business Plan for the Association
Develop the role and position of the Association in representing and promoting local governments and lobbying on their behalf
Effectively interact with stakeholders, research and develop longer term policy issues, improve the representation of women and initiate reform and development programmes
Address the gender imbalances within local government
Improve the capacity of the Association to respond to the training and development needs of its members


Municipal international Co-operation
Having realised the importance of Municipal International Co-operation (MIC) in a rapidly changing global village, UCAZ has committed itself to working closely with like-minded institutions world-wide for the betterment of its members and their communities. The Association has strong partnerships with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) of Canada. In addition, the Association is a member of the following international local government organisations: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa Southern Africa Regional Office (UCLGA - SARO), the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). Following the successful implementation of the ACB Programme, UCAZ, in a true spirit of municipal international co-operation, collaborated with SUMA to offer technical assistance to the Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya (A
LGAK) in the formulation of ALGAK’s Strategic Plan, Capacity Building Programme, Gender and Financial Mobilisation Strategy.

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01/05/2021
Local Government Symposium, Bulawayo Chapter.

Today we’re in Bulawayo.. All 92 local authorities have engaged with the Local Authorities Digital System (LADS), which was launch on Wednesday this week.

It is expected that after adopting this diagonal system, local authorities’ daily operations and interaction with citizens will improve, and ultimately improve service delivery.

29/04/2021

Address by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honorable July Moyo... responding to the presentations by urban and rural local authorities on their experience in Ward Development Planning and Local Authorities Digital System (LADS).

29/04/2021

Manicaland Chapter, Local Government Symposium.. Launching Local Authorities Digital System (LADS), Ward Profiling for Ward Development and Local Economic Development (LED) by Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe and Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe, supported by the European Union in Zimbabwe.

#Zimbabwe #LeaveNoOneBehind #TowardsVision2030

Official handover of the Local Authorities Database System, (LADS), by the EU Ambassador, H.E Timo Olkkonen to the Minis...
28/04/2021

Official handover of the Local Authorities Database System, (LADS), by the EU Ambassador, H.E Timo Olkkonen to the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honorable, July Moyo.

Congratulations to all 92 local authorities in Zimbabwe, a significant milestone towards ICT usage and expansion in local government.
#LeaveNoOneBehind #TowardsVision2030

28/04/2021
LADS

UCAZ in partnership with Commonwealth Local Government Forum CLGF, Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe, supported by the the European Union in Zimbabwe is launching Local Authorities Database System (LADS)

LADS is a prototype local government software specifically developed for Zimbabwe local government operations. It is an evolutionary software that seeks to optimize the usage of ICT in local authorities. LADS is designed to support efficiency in local authorities’ financial management systems, allows computation of the communities database, housing, public amenities billing points and rate payers information. It also provides accurate and timely billing, enforce revenue collection through payment plans and produces timely financial reports.

GOVERNMENT is set to appoint a new Local Government Board (LGB) to expedite the resolution of labour issues involving se...
13/04/2021
New Local Government Board in place soon

GOVERNMENT is set to appoint a new Local Government Board (LGB) to expedite the resolution of labour issues involving senior council officials and the appointment of substantive department heads in councils.
The Herald-Zimbabwe

https://www.herald.co.zw/new-local-government-board-in-place-soon/

GOVERNMENT is set to appoint a new Local Government Board (LGB) to expedite the resolution of labour issues involving senior council officials and the appointment of substantive department heads in councils.

Work has already started on repairing urban roads under the Government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP)T...
13/04/2021
$400m for urban road rehab

Work has already started on repairing urban roads under the Government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP)
The Herald-Zimbabwe

https://www.herald.co.zw/400m-for-urban-road-rehab/

Work has already started on repairing urban roads under the Government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP), set up after the MDC-run urban councils had failed, spending much time on politicking and corruption, with teams now on Harare’s Ardbennie Road.

Photos from Municipality of Kariba Official's post
09/04/2021

Photos from Municipality of Kariba Official's post

Construction of 200 000 low-cost houses and flats by 2023 is on course. Also, Cabinet gave the green light to the depart...
08/04/2021
Treasury provides $1bn for housing | Devolution

Construction of 200 000 low-cost houses and flats by 2023 is on course. Also, Cabinet gave the green light to the department of roads within the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to take over and repair specific roads.
The Herald-Zimbabwe

https://ucaz.org.zw/2021-04-08-treasury-provides-1bn-for-housing/

Construction of 200 000 low-cost houses and flats by 2023 is on course, with Cabinet approving the new building technology being tried out

01/04/2021

Ghana Ambassador meets Acting Mayor of the City of Harare Clr Stewart Mutizwa

Photos from The City Of Mutare's post
01/04/2021

Photos from The City Of Mutare's post

Great work there Karoi Town Council. Enhancing service delivery💯
01/04/2021

Great work there Karoi Town Council. Enhancing service delivery💯

Photos from The City of Harare's post
01/04/2021

Photos from The City of Harare's post

City of Masvingo signs Landmark Agreement with EMA
31/03/2021

City of Masvingo signs Landmark Agreement with EMA

Photos from Municipality of Chinhoyi's post
31/03/2021

Photos from Municipality of Chinhoyi's post

Masvingo City Enhancing service delivery
31/03/2021

Masvingo City Enhancing service delivery

Minister of Finance and Economic Development Prof Mthuli Ncube visits Beitbridge.
31/03/2021

Minister of Finance and Economic Development Prof Mthuli Ncube visits Beitbridge.

31/03/2021

The Municipality of Beitbridge junior councillors hosted a successful dialogue meeting on child marriages, teenage pregnancies and drug abuse.

31/03/2021

The Municipality of Beitbridge junior councillors hosted a successful dialogue meeting on child marriages, teenage pregnancies and drug abuse.

The Municipality of Beitbridge junior councillors hosted a successful dialogue meeting on child marriages, teenage pregn...
31/03/2021

The Municipality of Beitbridge junior councillors hosted a successful dialogue meeting on child marriages, teenage pregnancies and drug abuse.

Municipality of Beitbridge engages business Community
31/03/2021

Municipality of Beitbridge engages business Community

" Good Governance for Improved Social Service Delivery in Mutare"
31/03/2021

" Good Governance for Improved Social Service Delivery in Mutare"

Dangamvura Water Project update
31/03/2021

Dangamvura Water Project update

Join us tonight live on Skyz Metrofm frequency 100.3FM with Mr Fanuel Pange, Mr Misheck Kutumba and David Matumbike wher...
17/12/2020

Join us tonight live on Skyz Metrofm frequency 100.3FM with Mr Fanuel Pange, Mr Misheck Kutumba and David Matumbike where we will be discussing our council budget under the topic BUDGET REVIEW at 19:30hrs. Dont miss out!!!
Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project - LACEP-Zimbabwe
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30 Samora Machel Avenue. First Floor Insurance House
Harare
UCAZ

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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