Conference on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy together with local partners in Harare, Zimbabwe

6-7 June

Since 2009, NIR is working together with the four largest business organisations in Zimbabwe to support the private sector in becoming a driving force for economic recovery and development in the country. Implemented with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the programme has developed a National Business Agenda that focuses on addressing policy areas key to Zimbabwe’s economic development. 6-7 June NIR arranged a Conference on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy together with local partners. The event gathered around 160 leading company representatives, investors, suppliers, regulators, and government representatives, including Minister of Energy and Power Development Mr Elton Mangoma and Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Mr Magnus Carlquist. Energy Efficiency measure may allow Zimbabwe to quickly save up to 300 MWh, about half of the current estimated power shortage. Combined with on-going projects to expand national power generation capacity, this would be a needed injection for the economic recovery in Zimbabwe.

More recent highlights



lack of enabling environment for social dialogue at the workplace level, despite the provision of legislative acts that protect and promote workplace cooperation is a reoccuring issue  in Kenya. To implement good policy there must be a fertil ground.

Therefore SWP developed the UP!  project. Together with Swedish companies as an entry point, and with unions i South africa and Kenya. 

In Kenya SWP created the SWP UP! Programme targeting skills development of the union Shop Stewards from 18 companies in the Automotive sector in Kenya during 2021. As a result, the Stewards were able to use their skills to build trust and cooperation with management in new ways to avoid conflicts. 

A second cohort of training, in close cooperation with union AUKMW, takes place in 2022.

The training allows shop stewards to step out of their daily routines and understand their role and the purpose of their union, understand the labour market context, the laws that regulate relationships and the business itself. But on a human level, many shop stewards also highlighted that they feel respected as human beings, and that they have developed the skills to engage with supervisors and management and experience respect in professional relations. The experiences had deeply impressed them and helped to project the vision of dialogue and mutual respect and their own potential as a means to change workplaces.

The intervention of the SWP programme had a direct effect at the workplaces, where shop stewards listed several cases where they had managed to intervene and secure results in dialogue with management, avert crises or find solutions based on opportunities and the communication skills obtained during the SWP training. For the Amalgamated Metal Workers Unions in Kenya, the shop stewards pointed to how the training had enabled them to design their own strategies at the workplace in relation to supervisors and staff, and to achieve many concrete results.

Based on this shop steward upskilling, I feel confident that as a union we now have change ambassadors that will grow the industry, protect, and promote decent work principles for both the employer and the employees represented. And that disputes will be dealt with at the workplace level by though consultative dialogue.

Rose Omamo

General Secretary
Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers