15 OCTOBER 2014
The 7th edition of the annual Bulawayo Agenda Ideas Festival is set to be held from the 27th of October to the 1st of November 2014. The theme of the festival is “Transformative Ideas for a Better Society” and is informed by the desire to see a prosperous Zimbabwe that respects, protects, fulfills human rights and allows free flow of ideas.
The Ideas Festival will be done in partnership with Women Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) the National Association of Non- Governmental Organisations (NANGO), whose annual Civil Society Directors’ Summer School will also be held under the ambit of the Festival, Combined Harare Residents Association, ZIMRIGHTS, Radio Dialogue, National Youth Development Trust, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the Church and Civil Society Forum (CCSF), Transparency International Zimbabwe among other civil society organizations that shall be participating.
As per tradition, an exhibition, the Ideas Market, will be held by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from across the country for purposes of information dissemination in various fields of socio-economic and political pursuit. The exhibition park will also be a hive of activity as various entertainment acts will be showcased.
A mobile legal clinic courtesy of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) will be mounted at the Ideas Market and will provide free legal advice to members of the public. Courtesy of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), members of the public will at the Ideas Market interact with traditional leaders and understand their roles in safeguarding the constitution and other functions as stipulated in the country’s statutes.
A series of conferences targeting youths, women and men will also be convened. These conferences are cumulatively meant to promote dialogue and capture the developmental aspirations of ordinary citizens and inform development actors’ policy making for sustainable development.
The conferences will bring together Civic Society Organizations, Government, tertiary institutions, students, development practitioners from the SADC region, church and traditional leaders as well as ordinary citizens.
The ideas festival was established in 2008 to dedicate time to celebrating and sharing ideas on the firm belief that ‘ideas run the world’ and they should always be given space in our society.


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