The Role of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Ensuring Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: The Case of Zimunya-Marange in Zimbabwe

Vimbai Georgina CHIKOSI, Jeffrey KUREBWA


This study analysed the role of Community Share Ownership Trusts (CSOTs) in ensuring sustainable rural livelihoods in the Zimunya-Marange community of Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. Qualitative research methodology was used while a case study design was utilised. Data was collected through key informant interviews, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and documentary search. The research found out that no projects had been embarked on by Zimunya-Marange CSOT since its official launch in July 2011. This was due to various reasons which included corruption, kinship challenges, lack of finances, lack of community involvement in project identification, top-down and paternalistic implementation of policies and political interferences. It also emerged from the study that full utilisation of CSOTs in the Zimunya-Marange community remains an uphill task with no projects being embarked on. The research concluded that there is need to involve communities in project identification as this will bring sustainable rural livelihoods.


Community share ownership trusts; Indigenisation; Rural communities; Economic empowerment; Community development; Sustainable rural development

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