Research & Documentation

The strategic objective of our Research Unit is to contribute to the development of CCMT as a learning, research-based organisation.


Our research is carried out at three levels:

Research to gain background information on conflict cases as part of an intervention. This includes information on the history of the conflict, the parties involved and the context within which the conflict is taking place.
Thematic research undertaken according to issues that arise out of need. This research is largely based on interventions that are requested by communities and other groups.


Recently completed research projects include the following:

  • Challenges to relocation and compensation of rural communities displaced by development projects in Zimbabwe
  • Guidelines and recommendations for the handover of rural day schools from councils to churches or other responsible authorities
  • Guidelines  and recommendations for compensation of local communities displaced by Growth Point expansion and rural development projects
  • Taming the beast in us  2018 context, institutions, pre- and post Electoral Peace in Zimbabwe
  • Conflict over roles and responsibilities between traditional and elected leaders
  • Challenges to social service delivery in Zimbabwe’s resettlement areas
  • Challenges of marriage and divorce under Zimbabwe’s dual legal system
    community association


The Research Unit works closely with the Consultancy Department to conduct commissioned research and evaluations for both private and public sector organisations.


The integration of PM&E into our work has been an ongoing exercise over a number of years. We have now established a systematic way of collecting data and utilising the process to support our work and the officers in the field. We ask the right questions at the right time and we record the responses for our analysis and learning. Field officers feel strengthened by the PM&E framework as it helps to identify and address challenges that they face as a team.

The importance of planning and therein, planning for results, has begun to influence our work culture and the ways in which we manage our current projects. Moreover, the data collection is now systematically organised through a tailor-made CCMT database. As a result, we are confident that the service we can provide to the communities is improving and that in the future our reporting and our derived lessons will be instrumental for continuing to develop in our strategic pathway.


In 2012, we carried out Phase 1 of a project entitled Mapping Peace Initiatives in Zimbabwe. The study sought to the build the profile of the different types of conflict occurring in Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces. Workshops were held in various locations across the country, bringing together organisations working in the peace building field. Each workshop comprised focus group sessions which were used to discuss, prioritise and analyse conflicts that were currently taking place. Organisations that were present also completed a detailed questionnaire which was used to develop a directory of organisations working in peace building throughout Zimbabwe.

In 2014, a second phase of the study was carried out. During this phase the provincial conflict profiles and directory of peace building organisations were updated through another series of workshops.