NOVEMBER 2019 Research and Knowledge Management (RKM) Thematic Department. The overall objective of this department is advising the NPRC in the generation of knowledge through evidence based research, documentation and archiving, dissemination and learning in partnership through collaboration with experts and academic community. The goal of this department is to produce evidence based research for informed policy and decision making and the desired outcome of the thematic department's work is policy recommendations. The strategic deliverables for this department are as follows: a. Conﬂict mapping ﬁeld which will encompass a desk review and baseline ﬁeld survey, ﬁeld baseline survey on conﬂict themes, sexual crimes and traditional methods for conﬂict resolution; b. Developing a shared social cohesion and reconciliation index for Zimbabwe c. Developing NPRC Knowledge Management systems; d. Scenarios mapping for Zimbabwe; e. Reframing of historical narratives; f. Academic round tables and knowledge sharing platforms; Victim Support, Gender and Diversity (VSGD) Thematic Department On the 2nd of November the NPRC the NPRC published a press release introducing the Victim Support, Gender and Diversity (VSGD) Thematic Department as one of the NPRC's external thematic departments. The mandate of this department is laid out in terms of section 9 of the NPRC Act. The NPRC in its press release introducing the VSGD Thematic Department said that the department has a particular mandate to assist all victims of diverse groups, traditions, cultures and languages with an emphasis to target all vulnerable victims of conﬂict especially women, young girls and persons with disabilities. The VSGD was also said to be mandated to ensure that victims are handled in a proper manner as prescribed under section 10 of the NPRC Regulations. NTJWG Activities Community Dialogues Between the 14th and 29th of November 2019, the NTJWG convened meetings with victims based in Zvishavane, Marange, Gwanda, Bikita and Nyanga bringing together 250 survivors of past atrocities. This shifted the NTJWG'S focus from the traditional survivors whom the Working Group had been working with in the past to engaging communities which have been aﬀected by conﬂict and are doing transitional justice work on their own, including but not limited to victims of political violence, forced evictions, resource conﬂicts, Gukurahundi and operation Murambatsvina, among others who will be engaged for further initiatives in the future. Regional Process Monitoring Meetings In the past month, the NTJWG carried-out regional process monitoring meetings in Mutare and Gweru on the 5th and 15th and of November 2019, respectively. The key outcomes of these meetings are that: Ÿ There was a revival of the relationship between the NTJWG and its stakeholders and the latter's activation. For years, this interaction was lacking. This also informed stakeholders of what the NTJWG intends to do and how it can be done by also involving them. Ÿ These meetings carried-out preliminary stakeholder mapping exercises to see who is doing what and where and give stakeholders a platform to discuss their operating environment/context. We now an understanding how many NTJWG stakeholders are present and active in these regions. Ÿ During both meetings, participants expressed concern over the rapidly shrinking civic space for the civil society in Zimbabwe and the apparent fear in communities that is sparked by talk of past violations. They, however, pointed out that there seems to be scope for working with the NPRC whenever its programs are in line with their programming. Stakeholders requested commented that the NPRC shares its work plan to enable proper planning and involvement in the Commission's work. Ÿ Stakeholders also called for their capacitation so that they also start merging their programming with transitional justice issues. There was visible interest in the work the transitional justice is doing and some have invited the NTJWG to support them in engaging their constituency and raise awareness around transitional justice issues. Ÿ Radio Programs The NTJWG hosted a radio program on Diaomond-Fm in Mutare on 1 November 2019 under the theme 'Sustainable Natural Resources Governance and Building Partnerships for Development.' This radio program provided a platform for the Marange community and Manicaland region to critically engage in natural resources management as a T.J issue. This was done by unpacking the work of the NTJWG, discuss issues related to TJ within the Marange context and clarify the mandate of the NPRC to ensure non-recurrence of gross human rights violations in Marange in relation to memorialization, reparations and the need for government to convey beneﬁts out of diamond exploitation in Marange. Dr. S. Mungure (Africa University), Commissioner Chiradza (NPRC) and Sekai Gombe (NTJWG) were the panellists. On 13 November 2019, the NTJWG represented by Ms. Sindiso Nxumalo implemented a radio programme under the theme 'Aﬃrmative Action against Organised Violence in the Midlands Province' This radio programme was intended to provide a platform for interface between transitional justice stakeholders and the ofﬁcial transitional justice processes in Zimbabwe to unpack the causes, opportunities and challenges in relation to organised violence in the Midlands Province, in particular the 'machete wars.' NTJWG Publications NPRC Brieﬁng th On the 17 of October 2019, the NTJWG Chairperson Mr. Muchadehama met the NPRC Chairperson and Commissioners to present the NPRC Brieﬁng. The brieﬁng covered the following issues: · Outstanding reports · NPRC's interventions in support of survivors and victims · The NPRC's role in the National Dialogue · Liaison with stakeholders · Inclusion of Survivors in Provincial Peace Committees This brieﬁng was then published on the 10th of November in the Standard Newspaper. The brieﬁng can be accessed on http://www.ntjwg.org.zw/downloads/NPRC%20Brieﬁng%20October%2 02019.pdf FEEDBACK AND THIS NEWSLETTER Please share with us your feedback on the content that we have just shared with you. To view or download the newsletter online click http http://www.ntjwg.org.zw/publications.html.