Spotlighting the Rights of Children in Zimbabwe: Roles and Challenges for Non-Governmental Organisations


  • Shephard Mugwenhi Faculty of Social Studies, University of Zimbabwe Mt Pleasant Drive: Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Chengedzai Mafini Faculty of Management Sciences, Vaal University of Technology P.Bag X021, Vanderbijlpark, 1900, South Africa


Over the last decade, the degenerating quality of service provided by the state and the ever-increasing child abuse cases in Zimbabwe have emerged as key areas of concern to Non-Governmental Organisations. Consequently, Non-Governmental Organisations have stepped in as alternative agents that perform a vital and positive role in promoting the rights of children. The purpose of this study was to examine the role played by a selected non-governmental organisation and the challenges it faces in promoting the rights of children in Zimbabwe. The study was conducted using a blend of the key informant interview technique as well as document study. Seven participants were purposively drawn from the selected non-governmental organisation. The findings indicated that, as a consequence of the failure of the government in Zimbabwe, the non-governmental organisation has performed a primary role in promoting and addressing the rights of children in the country. The strategic interventions by the non-governmental organisation took the form of educational assistance, legal protection, HIV/AIDS mitigation programs, psychosocial support and material support. The study also identified a cocktail of challenges that negatively impact on the operations of the non-governmental organisation. Accordingly, several recommendations were put forward.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n6p409


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Spotlighting the Rights of Children in Zimbabwe: Roles and Challenges for Non-Governmental Organisations. (2014). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(6), 409.