Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ)
UCAZ is one of the oldest local government associations in Africa. It started as a loose forum of municipalities in 1923 when councils used to meet and discuss matters of common concern. In 1940 the forum adopted a constitution which established the Local Government Association of Southern Rhodesia (LGASR) with a permanent secretariat. The Association has gone through many name changes from LGASR, Local Government Association of Rhodesia, Local Government Association of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia to the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe. UCAZ is a voluntary association of 32 urban local authorities, enjoying a 100% membership of all urban councils in Zimbabwe.
Membership service provided by UCAZ include:
UCAZ from time to time organises skills training for key personnel in member councils. UCAZ also sources funding for programmes that build the capacity of its members in the provision of services or in the area of governance.
UCAZ-ZADF/Pact Programme – USAID
In 2000 UCAZ and the Zimbabwe American Development Foundation (ZADF/Pact) entered into an agreement to build upon and strengthen UCAZâ€™s advocacy efforts with Parliament as an institution. Under this programme UCAZ successfully researched and developed policy and discussion papers on critical issues affecting the efficient running of urban councils.