by  Fungai  Munetsi

The Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) took significant strides in strengthening global connections at the recent HomeNet International Conference held in Arusha, Tanzania from March 4th to 8th, 2024. ZCIEA’s Kwekwe Territorial President, Melody Ndawana, played a pivotal role in sharing insights on empowering informal economy workers during the prestigious event.

The HomeNet International Conference provided a vital platform for stakeholders from diverse nations and regions to come together, exchange valuable feedback on ongoing initiatives, and strategize on new endeavors aimed at expanding the network globally. Key discussions revolved around drafting a constitution, plans for integrating a wide range of informal economy and home-based workers, and solidifying the organization’s roadmap for the period 2020-2025.

Melody Ndawana utilized the conference as an opportunity to showcase ZCIEA’s rich background, operational structure, and the diverse array of home-based workers encompassed within the organization’s membership. By shedding light on the challenges faced by informal economy workers in Zimbabwe and emphasizing ZCIEA’s impactful work, Ndawana contributed invaluable insights to the global discourse on empowering marginalized workers.

Participation in the HomeNet International Conference not only facilitated knowledge exchange but also enabled ZCIEA Kwekwe to forge stronger ties with international partners, enhance its visibility on the global stage, and explore collaborative projects designed to benefit informal economy workers on both local and international fronts.

Melody Ndawana’s active engagement and representation at the conference vividly demonstrated ZCIEA’s unwavering commitment to advocating for the rights and welfare of informal economy workers. Her election into the HomeNet Africa Regional Committee further underscores ZCIEA’s dedication to promoting inclusivity within the sector and driving sustainable economic empowerment initiatives that transcend borders.

As ZCIEA continues to champion the cause of informal economy workers in Zimbabwe and beyond, the valuable insights gleaned from the HomeNet International Conference will serve as a guiding force in shaping future strategies, fostering partnerships, and implementing programs aimed at creating a more equitable and supportive environment for home-based workers within the informal economy landscape.

‘The Chamber That Delivers’