Young development practitioners rally behind government

By Tapiwa Machemedze

Young development practitioners from Frontline States have expressed support for government’s policy of leaving no one behind as they undertake development training at the DAPP Frontline Institute in Shamva.

Using bicycles as modest means of transport to reach even the most remote areas, 25 development practitioners from the region cycled from Bindura to Shamva raising awareness on the need to work together to enhance global development.    

The cyclists were drawn from five SADC countries comprising Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi.

‘This programme is every important because it is rich in its content. The way we are doing it using bicycles as a humble way to reach the community, it’s teaching us to work together. When we start cycling, we are together, but some get left behind and some are ahead, meaning that some in development are ahead and some are behind. So, we have to support one another like the poor, women, youth so that we can be at the same level, said a development practitioner, Benito Martin.

“We use this bicycle because some communities are very far and we can’t reach them on foot, also we can’t reach some areas by car,’ another practitioner, Mariamo Ereneshto said.

Flavio Chapala also noted, “I’m being made a global activist and when I go back to Mozambique, we have to work together with the community so that we can solve some of the big challenges that they are facing, such as global warming and climate change.”

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Frontline Institute principal, Mr. Doubt Musiyiwa said the youth can drive development around the globe without relying on handouts from government.

“We have trained them that they cannot change the world if it’s one person. You change the world by joining ideas from different people to come up with meaningful development. Whether you are coming from Brazil or India, the challenges are actually the same,” he said.

In total, there are development practitioners from 11 countries, among them Brzail, India and Equador undergoing training in advanced project management at the DAPP Frontline Institute founded in 1993 by Frontline leaders who worked from the early 1960s to the 90s fight colonial rule in African states.