Land Reform and NGOs in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Kirk Helliker

 

Synopsis

Since the year 2000, significant land redistribution has taken place in Zimbabwe. This has posed serious challenges for both international and local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) involved in land reform advocacy and rural development. The volume examines the Fast Track process and identifies the ways in which NGOs have sought to 'manage' the tensions arising from land reform. It is argued that NGOs tend to privilege global forces over more empowering local initiatives, thereby undermining the prospects for social development. In the end, it appears that NGOs regularly valorise their own organisational sustainability.

Review

This volume examines the land process in all its complexities, and identifies the ways in which NGOs have sought to manage the tensions arising from land reform.

Author

Professor Kirk Helliker is the Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies and is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Rhodes University, South Africa.