Dzikamai Bere

Dzikamai Bere is a Researcher for the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum). As part of the Forum, Dzikamai is currently the Coordinator for the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) since May 2014. The NTJWG is a platform established by 46 organisations working in the area of transitional justice in Zimbabwe as a strategic think tank on policy relating to transitional justice, social cohesion, accountability and reconciliation. Dzikamai coordinates the work of NTJWG across the six thematic areas, which are; gender, promotion of truth, justice and accountability, reparations and rehabilitation of victims, institutional transformation and memorialisation. This work includes building advocacy cross-linkages among different stakeholders, developing advocacy tools and initiatives for stakeholder involvement in policy issues, translating the guiding principles in different thematic areas into advocacy tools, as well as drafting policy proposals and recommendations for NTJWG, policy makers and the stakeholders in the sector. Prior to his current engagements, Dzikamai has been with the Forum as a Reseacher since August 2009. From 2009 to 2012, following the formation of the coalition government in Zimbabwe, Dzikamai was instrumental in the formation of the Transitional Justice Unit which successfully campaigned for the establishment of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) in Zimbabwe. On the civil society side, Dzikamai coordinated over 68 organisations leading to the establishment of the NTJWG (2014) to provide interface between transitional justice stakeholders and official mechanisms. Before joining civil society, Dzikamai has worked as a Magistrate based in Bulawayo. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Solusi University and a Master of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the Swisspeace Academy in Switzerland. He is also Transitional Justice Fellow with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.