Press Release - BPRA Hosts Residents Summit

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association 

Press Release

Date:               16 December 2013
Contact:          Emmanuel Ndlovu
                        Advocacy and Programmes Manager
                        Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA)
                        0775 233 581

BPRA Hosts Residents Summit

ABOUT thirty residents associations from across Zimbabwe will converge in Bulawayo on 18 and 19 December 2013 for a summit to map out an agenda of action for residents associations in the country. The residents summit, to be held at Montgomery Gardens in Richmond will be hosted by the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA). The summit is aimed at synchronising and coordinating the activities of residents associations countrywide for improved advocacy and results in the quest to improve the livelihoods of residents in Zimbabwe. Also present at the summit will be key local governance stakeholders, including the Mayor of Bulawayo, Clr Martin Moyo, members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on local governance and a representative from the ministry of local government.

The summit will focus on three key areas. Firstly, there will be a scenario mapping session where an analysis of the political, social and economic environment in Zimbabwe will be done vis-a-vis the challenges faced by residents in their day to day lives. Secondly, based on the analysis of the environment, the role of residents associations in improving the lives of residents will be identified with key advocacy issues at both local and national level flagged. Thirdly, the summit will provide a platform for the establishment of collaboration and solidarity among residents associations to ensure a more powerful voice in advocacy on socio-economic issues affecting the lives of residents. This will also ensure a coordinated approach to advocacy on a national scale reducing duplication of efforts and increasing the competencies of residents associations thus improving efficiency.

As part of the two day summit, delegates from across the country will also get an opportunity to tour selected residential areas in Bulawayo in order to familiarise themselves with the service delivery challenges faced by the residents of Bulawayo and how BPRA has attempted to deal with such challenges. This will provide an opportunity for residents associations to share how they have dealt with similar problems in their areas, promoting exchange of knowledge and experiences.   

The summit will thus facilitate knowledge transfer and sharing of best practices, enabling residents associations countrywide to maximise on their strengths and opportunities, and find means to address their weaknesses and challenges. Holding of the residents summit follows recognition by residents associations of their important role and mandate in socio-economic development in the country, and the corresponding need for collaboration among residents associations in order to enhance the requisite capacities to accelerate their collective impact in society.


Mr Emmanuel Ndlovu
Advocacy and Programmes Manager
Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA)