BZS Research Day 2017

The research Day in 2017 will be on Saturday 17 June. Though the speakers have yet to be announced advanced registration is now possible. download the form and pass it to your friends.

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AGM Speakers

Join us at the AGM on 22 October as announced below from 2.00p.m. but also download the updated list of speakers for the after meeting Popcorn discussion.

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Members Meeting and AGM 2016 UPDATE

Saturday 22 October 2016 2.00p.m. to 3.00p.m.St James’ Church Hall, 11 Prebend Street, London N1 8PF
This is open to BZS members and all interested in Zimbabwe. Members will also have recieved advance notification for the annual election and nomination of the Society Officers.

Popcorn protests?´ The prospects for change in Zimbabwe

Saturday 22nd October 2016 3.15pm to 5.00pm (after the BZS AGM)
St James´s Church Hall, 11 Prebend Street, London N1 8PF

All members and friends of BZS are welcome – please share and pass on, thank you

Guest speakers
McDonald Lewanika, Department of Government, London School of Economics
Miles Tendi, Department of International Development, Oxford University
Ma Ncube, Director, The Global Native

About our speakers

McDonald Lewanika, a Zimbabwean human rights and development practitioner, is currently researching his doctorate on democracy and the state in Zimbabwe, in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.   He is the author, with Delta Milayo Ndou, of We The People: July 31 – Our Version of Events, a study of the 2013 elections in Zimbabwe through the perceptions and experiences of ordinary voters. McDonald has held senior positions in Zimbabwe in the Crisis Coalition and the Students Solidarity Trust.

Miles Tendi is a Zimbabwean academic and writer who teaches Politics in the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University.  He is a contributor to the Guardian and has provided political commentary to a wide range of media.  Miles is the author
of Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media (2010) and the co-editor, with Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor, of Politics, Patronage and the State in Zimbabwe (2014). He is now writing a new book, Ashes and Fire: Life of Solomon Mujuru (Rex Nhongo), which will be published in 2017.

Na Ncube is Zimbabwean and the director of The Global Native, a UK charity which seeks to unlock funds for social investment for a rural farming and development programme in Zimbabwe called Turning Matabeleland Green. She is particularly interested in mobilising funds from the Zimbabwean diaspora in the UK and elsewhere.  The Global Native also seeks to educate and influence policy for sustainable development. Na trained with PriceWaterhouse Coopers and held various finance positions in different organisations prior to obtaining a Masters in International Development and setting up The Global Native in 2009.  Na is a committed Christian and her faith shapes her activism.

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Mopane Foundation (Sheffield)

Congratulations to the Mopane Foundation in Sheffield on achieving charitable status. They are led by the dynamic Nomsa Nekevane who is trying to raise awareness of the plight of orphaned children in Zimbabwe. The charity wants to see the youngsters not just get funds for clothes and school fees but to have a longer term prospect of succeeding in the wider world. to this end they want to nurture the children by enabling them to attend short courses and cultural exchanges in the surrounding SADC countries. Check out the new web site .

If you would like to join the follow up fund raising dinner in Sheffield on Saturday  15 October at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Football Stadium download the details from the web site and grab a ticket. You will be entertained by a host of supportive Zimbabwean artists.

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BZS Research Day 2016 report

Thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the 2016 research day. To download the overview of the proceedings please download BZS Research Day overview_2016

We hope to see you all in October for the AGM in London which is attended by a full programme of speakers. Watch this space.

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Welcome to the Britain Zimbabwe Society

This is the developing word press site for the Britain Zimbabwe Society. The Britain Zimbabwe Society (BZS) was established after Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980 to share information, promote friendship and facilitate networking between the two countries.

In addition BZS organises a BZS Research Day annually in June, to highlight research by academics on Zimbabwe both in that country and in the Diaspora. A Review with details of newly published books, economic reviews and articles of general interest, is published three times a year. Membership of the organisation provides access to BZS Information which promotes news and debate on the current situation in Zimbabwe and events linked to Zimbabwe. For further details on joining the BZS please consult the information on membership provided elsewhere on this site.


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