Networking Thursdays

Networking Thursdays

DATE: 28 February 2019
VENUE: No. 2 Partmar House, Eastlea, Harare
THEME: Professionalism and Development

We begin the first session of the Networking Thursdays with the theme “Professionalism and Development.” Whenever humanitarian work is carried out, it is vital to intervene on a much professional level. Therefore, it is important for both development practitioners and organisations to have a set standard in all their operations. Furthermore, the development sector in most developing countries is growing at a faster rate, therefore need to formulate a widely recognised standard of operations.

The  main highlights of Networking Thursdays are

  1. Panel Discussions and Thematic Presentations

A pool of panellists will be drawn from different experts of the development sector. Their role will be to elaborate to the participants on how they are handling issues to do with professionalism. They shall explain the importance of having a set of standards that can be followed by practitioners. Furthermore, they will explain the relation of ethics in achieving maximum development. We are expecting at least to have a panel composed of three individuals from different organisations. All clearly articulate professionalism as the impetus of development.

  1. Speed mentoring

We are inviting students, recent graduates and individuals to participate in the session of mentorship. DPN is going to invite mentors who will attend to participants. These will nurture and equip them with necessary skills that are vital for a development associate. An opportunity is accorded to discuss issues of your own interest. This will help interaction to take place. Mentors will share their experience with the mentees on how they managed to achieve in this sector. This provides a platform to rub shoulders with professionals in the sector. Synergies, networks and links will be created as ideas will smoothly flow both ways. Aspiring students are rest assured of career guidance and life skills training.

  1. Civil Society Organisations Profiling

This opportunity is given to organisations to be profiled on all the activities they are carrying in the community. The impact of projects they are carrying out.We are urging individuals, CSOs, development practitioners to participate in our Networking Thursdays. For those interested to participate please get in touch with us on the following contact details for the ongoing registrations. For updates check our social media sites.

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Time to embrace digital revolution for entrepreneurship development.

Time to embrace digital revolution for entrepreneurship development.


In line with this year’s DPN 2018 Convention theme “Development in the digital Age” we as Development Practitioners Network will be launching yet another Exciting and Informative free Digital Skills Training to young people aged 18 to 35 years in Zimbabwe. Our Aim is to make a difference in the lives of young people by providing them with digital skills to enter the digital world and utilize the available opportunities in the digital space.

In collaboration with Google and Skills Drill Kenya, the free digital training will be implemented in 8 provinces namely Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Manicaland, Masvingo, Mashonaland West, East, Central provinces from the 1st of June to the 31st of December 2018.The project will see over 50000 young people being trained in online digital marketing channels, online business skills and their capacity to effectively and efficiently use the internet.

Do not be left out! Learn all the essentials of internet and working online with our Digital Skills training program. The world is going digital. It’s time to arm yourself with the necessary skills to stay relevant in your career.

Be A Part Of This!!!

For more information Contact us on +0242 776111-2 or Email us at


ZOU – DPN Club members joining the whole world in the 5th Annual commemoration of the Declaration of World peace

ZOU – DPN Club members joining the whole world in the 5th Annual commemoration of the Declaration of World peace

Today was just another day, with members of the ZOUDPN (Development Practitioners Network) Club joining the whole world in the 5th Annual commemoration of the Declaration of World peace. As we stood in the symbolic shadows of our forefathers who envisioned and brought into manifest a free, sovereign and Independent continent of Africa, we felt it an obligation and our responsibility to act for an Africa we want and deserve.

As an Academic club that seeks to bridge the gap between the Classroom and the outside world, today we demonstrated our dedication and commitment in working for the common goal of peace, guided by the Declaration of Peace & Cessation of War (DPCW) a new legal instrument seeking to promote a conflict free world.

The Declaration of Peace & Cessation of war (DPCW) is such a momentous decree that has come as a beacon light of hope to millions of people particularly from this part of the world. It urges for shared efforts of all members of society, calling for individuals to work as peace messengers. Many debates that have been conducted in the various public foras focuses on ending political violence and war as the roadmap to achieving peace. However with our understanding of the diverse nature of the world we live in today, we have come to a conclusion that, even though we may have been spurred the full flavor of war and armed conflict over the past years, peace remains an ever topical issue, taking into cognisence the changing nature of realities that are making it hard for people in the world to enjoy being at peace.

As long as there are still diverse issues of child marriages, tribalism, gender violence, domestic violence, hate speech, cyber bullying among many other issues, we will always bear the responsibility to see to it that messages of peace are conveyed to reach all corners of society to build a genuine and sustainable culture of peace.

Peace as postulated by many great leaders, including the late President Kennedy of the United States, is one of the most important topics on earth. In his 1963 address at the American University, President Kennedy said, “what kind of peace do i mean & what kind of peace do we seek”, he further went on to mention that ” its not the peace of the grave, or the security of the slave, i am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, not only peace in our time, but peace at all time”.

In the academic fraternity, we intellectualise, philosophise and moralise the issues of peace, today i submit to you that if we are to build genuine peace in our society, our approach has got to be practical, starting with valuing each other as individuals, paying due respect to others regardless of gender, race, tribe, age or any difference that may exist in society.

More often, many societies that have endured vicious ravaging and rampaging blows of conflict are plunged in such precarious situations due to their failure to confront their past when they look back, instead of learning from their errors, some groups seek relevence (political or ethnic) by uncovering those past wounds. In as much as i believe in reconciliation and healing, i also believe that societies must not allow themselves to be held hostage by their past, but should learn from it and craft a road map towards the achievement of Sustainable Development with which Peace is one of the goals as enshrined in the SDGs, goal 16.

I remember one of the most profound statements of the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomoh in 1987 during the signing of the Unit Accord when he said, “History has taken us this far, but it is our responsibility to become better”. His voice still echoes in my ears and from that profound decree, i learned that we should always preoccupy ourselves with forecasting and configuring the future and not the past. We all have a past but it should not hinder us from realising peace in the present and the future.

The road to Sustainability by 2030 and that of delivering the “Africa we want” through Agenda 2063 is a mammoth task that requires collective efforts from across all dimensions of society. As ZOU – DPN Club, we have fully pledged to join hands in partnerships and collaborations with other Organisations that seek to set our society on the tragectory of “leaving no one behind” in pursuit of the seventeen ambitious SDGs adopted by UN member states in 2015. Today we are happy to have joined with IPYG, ZUNA and many other compatriots from the civil society as well as the academia in what will go down in history as one of the memorable moments for the young men and women of Africa who partook in the just ended Peace walk from Harare’s Town House to Harare Gardens.

As concluding remarks let me say that, to live peacefully we must learn to tolerate others, settle our grievances and differences peacefully. Meanwhile effacing prejudice from the minds of our young men and women, boys and girls can be the first step towards building a culture of genuine and sustainable peace. Peace for all generations.

Let me at this juncture take off my hat for my fellow colleagues in the ZOU-DPN Club who made the march a success through their participation and more importantly their sacrifice in time and resources. I am also very grateful to my colleagues in the SRC – ZOU Harare for supporting our club from its time of inception through to this event. May you all continue to support dreams that can make us realise the ZOU we want.

To the entire students community at ZOU, we say, “in as much as Zimbabwe is Open for Business, DPN Club is open for business”, feel free to come and join us to participate in our various Club events and activities.

#Take your Passion & Compassion and lets create the ZOU we want!

From *D.P Mbizvo’s* desk

(DPN Club – President)

SRC secretary for Legal & Academic Affairs (ZOU Hre Region).

BUSE Work Preparedness Workshop: Progress and Learning areas

BUSE Work Preparedness Workshop: Progress and Learning areas

From Public Relations and Communications Desk

As we continue students’ membership drive, last week we were at the Bindura University of Science Education where we were given a red-carpet welcome. As a network for development, we are excited to have made inroads in the following areas; Workshop delivery, Membership Blitz and launch of the BUSE DPN club.

Workshop Delivery


DPN has been teaching university students a number of work-related issued under a program code-named “Work Preparedness Workshops.” Last week, the team managed to deliver a successful workshop at BUSE where our trainers spoke at length on crucial issues such as work politics, customer etiquette, CV writing and most importantly the importance of networking for development.

The workshop which was graced by Development Studies and Disaster Management Studies under the Faculty of Geography was well-attended and students showed the passion and enthusiasm befitting the magnitude of the workshop. As an introductory workshop, the meeting sets our bar high as it indicates that development work is surely gaining momentum in the country.

Membership Blitz

BUSE workshop registered commendable progress as a good number of students registered to be part of the DPN family. The workshop also presents both low-hanging fruits and outstanding goals as students expressed eagerness to be part of DPN with some saying our brand was the missing linking between students and the development industry. It was no coincidence that BUSE was the first institution where the DPN Student Club was launched.

Club launched

As DPN we are excited on the occasion of the launch of the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) students club. The establishment of the club is part of a series of activities we have kick-started at tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe as we strive to create synergies between academics, development practitioners and students.

The Club which is expected to be a hub of DPN activities at campus level has Makuwaza Kean and Tariro Chigura as its interim leaders pending the club’s elective congress in the near future. We wish them an eventful term of office as they steer the club to a greater stardom through their sterling contributions.

As a network that seeks to promote professionalism in the development sector in Zimbabwe and beyond, we firmly believe that students must be given a grand stage to expose their potentials at an early stage. So, the launch of the club heralds the beginning of a mutual and symmetrical relationship between DPN and BUSE students. We envision an everlasting working relationship to withstand the test of time.

We would also like to thank Dr Mavhura and Professor Manatse, the chairperson of the Geography department, Dr Manyani and the BUSE community for a welcome reception.

Going Forward! 

As we continue to sensitize students on work-related issues, we are currently rolling out a program of action to ensure inclusive and mutual co-operation as a way to ensure synergies between our members and the development industry are created. We would ensure that Clubs are launched at every tertiary institution to ensure visibility of DPN and our numerous programs and activities.

Science Doing More Harm Than Good

Science Doing More Harm Than Good

Science has a major impact on society and its impact is growing. It is drastically changing our means of communication, the way we work, our housing, clothes, food and our methods of transportation, and, indeed, even the length and quality of life itself. By making life easier, science has given man the chance to pursue societal concerns such as ethics, education, justice, creating cultures and improving human conditions. But it has also placed us in the unique position of being able to destroy ourselves. These impacts have resulted in various scholars and experts arguing if science has done more harm than good. This article will highlight some of the keys improvement brought by sciences as well as its adverse impacts. UNESCO set aside a World Science Day for Peace and Development which looks at the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

Transportation, medicine, clothes, gadgets, all of them have done more good than harm.  Science is responsible for shrinking time and space. Gone are the days when people travel long distances to communicate, now people communicate via phone or internet, planes and ships mean people no longer need to transport things by foot. Transportation “used to take weeks, even months, now minutes or seconds”. The Cash Transfer Programs that involve giving cash grants to poor people in low-income countries rely on mobile phones. This makes the activities of the program less costly and efficient.

African entrepreneurs are now interested in how farmers work and how they can help improve yields. The barrier of entry into farming technology has dropped, as cloud computing, computing systems, connectivity, open-source software, and other digital tools have become increasingly affordable and accessible. Entrepreneurs can now deliver solutions to small-size African farms at cost models that farmers can afford. For example, aerial images from satellites or drones, weather forecasts, and soil sensors are making it possible to manage crop growth in real time. Automated systems provide early warnings if there are deviations from normal growth or other factors. As a result of these advancement farm productivity in Africa has accelerated at a faster rate than the global average.

However, science has been fingerpointed for causing wars. Scientists discovered mass weapons of destruction which are being used to kill people. Other negatives of science inventions motorbikes, motor cars, and factories destroy the ozone layer, which contributes to global warming. Internet mobile phones promote prostitution with pornographic sex industry.

It has been questioned if scientists are responsible for the potentially negative impacts of their work? Some have argued that the answer to this question is no—that it is not researchers’ responsibility how science gets used in society. Scientists are responsible for both the impacts they intend and some of the impacts they do not intend if they are readily foreseeable in specific detail.  These are the ethics to which they all hold.  If one negligently throw a used matchstick into a dry field, that individual would be responsible for the resulting wildfire and not the scientist. Great scientist like Einstein is not responsible for the use of his E=mc2 equation to build an atomic bomb and its use in wartime. It can be concluded that science is a double aged sword and its impact depends on the one using it.

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