The new government of Zimbabwe has a huge challenge of making economic and political reforms in order to resolve the deep systemic challenges facing the country. Some key changes are needed in various sectors and institutions to align with calls for economic reengagement and democratisation. Whilst much attention has been placed on economic reforms, political transformation needs to receive the same level of attention for Zimbabwe to garner domestic trust and international support. The role of South Africa and the region remains crucial in Zimbabwe’s democratisation process.

This workshop focused on the kind of political and economic reforms needed and the role the region can play in Zimbabwe.


Prof Brian Raftopoulos, Director of Research and Advocacy, Solidarity Peace Trust and Research Fellow, International Studies Group, University of Free State

Dr Godfrey Kanyenze, Founding Director, Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ)

Ms Thoko Matshe, Country Coordinator Southern Africa, Olof Palme International Center

Dr Ruth Murambadoro, Researcher, Centre for the Sexualities, Aids and Gender, University of Pretoria

Mr Lucian Segami, Head of International Relations, NEHAWU and SALO Board Member


Ms Molly Dhlamini, SALO Board Member

Read full Policy Brief here: https://www.salo.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Final-Policy-Brief-Whither-Zimbabwe-1-Nov-2018.pdf

SALO would like to thank:

the Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria; The Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA); and the Olof Palme International Center for their direct support for this event