Combined Harare Residents Association’s (CHRA) Approach to Governance Agenda
Civil Society Organisation`s (CSO`s) works to promote good local government has been undermined across the world due to the fact that many governments do not accept CSOs that are interested in governance agenda. The study was therefore designed to analyse the approach being used by Combined Harare Residents Association in governance. The literature review established that they are certain challenges that CSOs in Zimbabwe are facing such as hostile environment, politicisation of the agenda, lack of funds and being accused for being aligned with the political opposition parties. The study employed explorative research design as the stud seeks to add information to the already existing information about CHRA. The study used qualitative research design with the targeted information including the director of CHRA, local authorities that have worked with the organisation, beneficiaries of CHRA specifically Harare residents and vendors. The study used simple random sampling and purposive sampling. To enrich the study questionnaires, interviews and books were used. Data were presented in thematic and narrative form using the participant remarks. Some participants were of the view that CHRA is an organisation that is loyal to its beneficiaries and is trying to promote good local government where citizen participation is the centre of its governance, but the organisation chief challenge that it is facing is the issue of hostile working environment. The researcher recommends that the government should give CSOs a chance and should establish friendly working environment from advocacy CSOs and work towards the constructive criticism from such organisations to better local governance before it dismisses the organisations as regime changers.