This book documents one of the most far-reaching, systematic and sustained efforts to promote gender equality in local government in Zimbabwe and in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. Based on the research report, “At the Coalface, Gender in Local Government” undertaken by Gender Links in 2010, the book assesses “Gender@Work in Local Government” in Zimbabwe following the steps taken since the research to promote gender-responsive service delivery at the local level. Initially piloted with 10 local authorities, the Centres of Excellence (COE) for Gender in Local Government initiative has since been cascaded to 68 Local Authorities (LAs): 74% of all LAs in Zimbabwe, servicing over 10 million people. Described as the “model of choice” for mainstreaming gender in local government by the parent ministry, 2017 is a convenient juncture to reflect on the progress made in the last five years and reposition for the “leave no one behind” Post 2015 Agenda for which this programme is uniquely positioned to deliver change where it matters most: at the coalface of service delivery.
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