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.
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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Under the UCAZ-GIZ partnership, GIZ has provided 43 water tanks. These 5000 litre tanks will be installed at the 24 isol...
21/05/2020

Under the UCAZ-GIZ partnership, GIZ has provided 43 water tanks. These 5000 litre tanks will be installed at the 24 isolation centres around the country.

The City of Harare
18/05/2020

The City of Harare

#EssentialServices
All council district offices have been reopened to allow the transacting public to pay their bills. Council requires resources to fight #Covid19 and to prepare for a #PostCovid19 smart Harare. So far our revenue inflows have dropped making it very difficult to fund key service delivery mandates.
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08/05/2020

Local authorities took advantage of the lockdown to clean cities and removed vendors from illegal areas and new sites are being designated for the vendors to temporarily operate from. They have also disinfected public places where lots of people will be moving through.

08/05/2020

#Covid19Zim Challenges: Local authorities are supposed to provide services, but resources are dwindling since people are not paying rates and chemicals are running out. However local authorities are trying their best to provide services.

UCAZ Special Presidential Committee meeting on #Covid19Zim. Clr Josiah Makombe, the UCAZ President had an interview with...
08/05/2020

UCAZ Special Presidential Committee meeting on #Covid19Zim. Clr Josiah Makombe, the UCAZ President had an interview with ZBCtv reporter Rumbidzai Takawira at Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe offices.

Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project - LACEP-Zimbabwe The City of Harare The City of Bulawayo Gweru City Council City of Kwekwe Council Mutare City Council Kadoma City Council Municipality of Kariba Official

#COVID-19 . Here are some tips on how to wear, use, remove and dispose of a mask.Let us come together in this fight agai...
10/04/2020

#COVID-19 . Here are some tips on how to wear, use, remove and dispose of a mask.
Let us come together in this fight against COVID-19.

The City of Harare
03/04/2020

The City of Harare

Dear Residents
We advise you that we are being assisted by ZRP to disinfect all hotspots in the City. These include Mbare Musika, Mbare Hostels, and all CBD bus ranks. Police will be using vehicles traditionally used during riot control.

Municipality of Kariba Official
01/04/2020

Municipality of Kariba Official

MAY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO OUR CLINICS TAKE NOTE OF THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MUNICIPALITY.

Ruwa Local Board Secretary Mr Kumbirai Madanhi making opening remarks at the commencement of the SLB Peer Review today a...
19/02/2020

Ruwa Local Board Secretary Mr Kumbirai Madanhi making opening remarks at the commencement of the SLB Peer Review today at the Ruwa Local Board offices.

Service Level Benchmarking (SLB) Peer Review for Ruwa Local Board (RLB) underway. RLB Chairperson Clr Chivafa welcoming ...
19/02/2020

Service Level Benchmarking (SLB) Peer Review for Ruwa Local Board (RLB) underway. RLB Chairperson Clr Chivafa welcoming participants to Ruwa.

Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe's cover photo
13/01/2020

Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe's cover photo

Congratulations to the City of Mutare for the ground breaking ceremony to launch the Sakubva Urban Renewal Project.
18/12/2019

Congratulations to the City of Mutare for the ground breaking ceremony to launch the Sakubva Urban Renewal Project.

SAKUBVA URBAN RENEWAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

The Sakubva Urban Renewal Groundbreaking ceremony was officiated this afternoon by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde E.D Mnangagwa as the Guest of Honour. He was flanked by his two Vice Presidents Cde K. Mohadi and Cde C.G. Chiwenga.

15/11/2019
National Policy Dialogue Day 3

78th Annual Conference & Logic2019
Urban Local Authorities : Embracing Devolution towards Attaining Vision 2030
National Policy Dialogue Day 3

15/11/2019

78th Annual Conference & Logic2019
Urban Local Authorities : Embracing Devolution towards Attaining Vision 2030
National Policy Dialogue Day 3

13/11/2019
Session 3 Day 1

Urban Local Authorities : Devolution towards Attaining Vision 2030

13/11/2019

78Annual Conference: Urban Authorities: Embracing Devolution towards Attaining Vision 2030

13/11/2019

Urban Local Authorities :Embracing Devolution towards Attaining Vision 2030

24/09/2019
new.unhabitat.org

The new climate reality: Protecting African cities from disaster

The catastrophic destruction caused by Cyclone Idai in March this year impacted three countries, another example of a natural hazard that led to disaster in the region. In the aftermath of these climate-related events, thousands are left injured and without shelter. Communities are displaced with limited or no access to food, clean water and medicine. The deepest impacts felt by those most vulnerable.

Many cities in the region have low adaptive capacities, making them potential hotspots. To help these cities, UN-Habitat and the Technical Centre for Disaster Risk Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience (DiMSUR), developed the City Resilience Action Planning, or CityRAP, tool to facilitate resilience planning at the city level.

UN-Habitat is working to bring CityRAP to as many cities as possible. In 2019 CityRAP is being implemented in Ethiopia (Arada, Dire Dawa and Adama), Malawi (Lilongwe), Mozambique (Dondo), South Africa (TBD), Union of Comoros (Fomboni), Zambia (Lusaka and Chipata) and Zimbabwe (Mutare).
For More, please click the link below.
https://new.unhabitat.org/the-new-climate-reality-protecting-african-cities-from-disaster?fbclid=IwAR1Il0IfFmGMvqg4TtNC2JrOBXLEqe5SMf_wiF0BVIHS3TjBDC8w5awUSUU

Connective Cities dialogue event - 20 - 22 August 2019, Harare
10/09/2019

Connective Cities dialogue event - 20 - 22 August 2019, Harare

This was the central questions of a regional dialogue event by Connective Cities currently taking place in Harare, Zimbabwe. Urban practitioners from several countries in the region and from Germany exchange on solutions for participatory and accountable management of public services in sectors such as water provision, solid waste management and public transport. Here some impressions.

Connective Cities Dialogue Regional Event under way in Harare. Being held under the theme "Improving Public Service Deli...
21/08/2019

Connective Cities Dialogue Regional Event under way in Harare. Being held under the theme "Improving Public Service Delivery at Local Level - Solutions for Participatory and Accountable Management", the Dialogue event is a collaborative effort involving the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe and Connective Cities, a community of practice from Germany. Participants have been drawn from Kenya, Zambia, South Africa Germany, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The dialogue event involves sharing of challenges, solutions and best practices.

Attending a National Consultation on the Implementation of 2018 Public Health Act at the Bronte Hotel, Harare. The works...
15/08/2019

Attending a National Consultation on the Implementation of 2018 Public Health Act at the Bronte Hotel, Harare. The workshop is reviewing the issues, opportunities and challenges in and priorities for implementing new features of the law, including the role of all sectors and stockholders and set plans for the follow up measures and coordination.

14/08/2019

Very constructive dialogue currently going on since 1600hrs between Town Clerks, Mayors and the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Hon July Moyo at the Harare International Conference Centre. Discussions around challenges that local authorities are facing regarding procurement, WASH, by-laws, revenue collection, land, supplimentary budgets. Frank discussion and solutions being proferred to mitigate the challenges.

To all our stakeholders and partners. Please note that the Local Government Investment Conference (LOGIC 2019) which was...
01/08/2019

To all our stakeholders and partners. Please note that the Local Government Investment Conference (LOGIC 2019) which was scheduled for the 5th to the 7th of August 2019 has been postponed to the 7th to 9th of October 2019 at the same venue, the Harare International Conference Centre. Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.

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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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