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LDT

Livelihoods
Development
Trust

PROFILE
Table of contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Organizational Background 1
2.1 Vision 1
2.2 Mission 1
2.3 Core values 1

3 Strategic Objectives 2
3.1 Fair Trade 2
3.2 Food security 2
3.3 Natural Resources Governance 3
3.4 Technology Transfer 3
3.5 Capacity Enhancement 3
3.6 Risks and Emergencies 3

4 Organizational Leadership and Governance 3
4.1 Leadership and Governance 3
4.2 The board 4

5 Staffing 6

6 Strategic Framework for Impact 6

7 Our foot print 7

8 Location and offices 7

9 Curent funding sources 8

10 Current programs 8
10.1 Completed program designs 9

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1 Introduction

Livelihoods Development Trust (LDT) is an independent, non-profit and non-
political organization that is in the process of registering under a notarial deed of
trust. It was established for the purpose of facilitating sustainable development
and promotion of trade through technology and policy innovations in order to
address short and long term challenges affecting poor people in ever changing
global, regional, national and local contexts.

2 Organizational Background.

The organization was established in response to a need to facilitate small
holder driven sustainable development that centers on fair trade, the market,
trading systems and policies as the pathways out of poverty. The organization
applies innovative development strategies and technologies that are all aimed
at the promotion of trade in order to address short and long term challenges
affecting poor people in ever changing global, regional, national and local
contexts.

2.1 Vision

Our vision is to contribute to a just future without poverty and a world with
intact, well functioning ecosystems.

2.2 Mission

Our mission is to promote sustainable development and poverty eradication
through enabling poor communities to improve production through fair trade,
good governance, and better use of available technologies, capacity building,
and policy advocacy.

2.3 Our Core Values

• Partnership and teamwork
• Urgency and impact
• Relevance, reliability and result orientation
• Innovation and inclusion
• Transparency and Good governance
• Yield emphasis

3 Our Strategic Objectives

3.1 Fair Trade: To contribute to poverty reduction by promoting more inclusive
and people centred trading systems policy and institutional frameworks that
facilitate profitable economic engagement of poor and marginalised people

• Facilitate the integration of poor communities into existing/new markets.
• Facilitate understanding of local trade laws, policies, regional trade
agreements, and international conventions on trade
• Trade policy advocacy for smallholder producers, poor and vulnerable
groups.
• Facilitate improvement of supply chain/value chain integration

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• Trade and markets as key drivers of sustainable livelihoods and as
pathways out of poverty.
• Facilitate smallholder producers compliance with international production
and marketing standards
• Facilitate protection of intellectual property rights (Patents)
• Facilitate improved access to affordable credit for small holder groups.

3.2 Food Security: To work towards improved food security among poor and
vulnerable groups by focusing on the following:

• Improved crop production
• Improved livestock production
• Development of alternative livelihoods
• Agri-business development

3.3 Natural Resources Governance: To facilitate the improved management,
governance and sustainable utilisation of available natural capital and
distribution of benefits to all sections of communities.

• Wild life Resources
• Mineral Resources,
• Local and international water resources
• Mountain ecosystems Resources
• Desertification and Climate.

3.4 Technology Transfer: To facilitate the transfer and adoption of appropriate
technologies that lead to improved productivity and better quality of life
among the poor and vulnerable groups including, but not limited to:

• Information communication technologies
• Renewable energy technologies (solar, wind and hydro)

3.5 Capacity Enhancement: To strengthen through innovative ways the capacity
of individuals, groups, local communities (including minorities) and relevant
institutions at the micro, meso, and macro levels.

• Capacity for democratic governance in public and local institutions
• Policy development and implementation
• Development of individual talent (children and youth)
• Participation and involvement
• Agribusiness mentorship
• Cross cultural /international/regional Internships

3.6 Risks and Emergencies: To respond to emergency situations created by
human, or natural phenomena in order to save lives and to contribute to the
reconstruction and restoration.

• Health emergencies including disease outbreaks
• Violence and armed conflicts
• Weather and climate dependent emergencies including droughts and
floods.

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4 Organizational Leadership and Governance

LDT is led by sound professionals of international repute, as it seeks to be
numbered among the top most organizations that achieve quality results and
impact at the shortest possible opportunity. To ensure this, the board
members and staff consist of a multi-disciplinary team of experts chosen for
their achievements and reputation in their specialist fields.

4.1 The leadership Team

Our multi-disciplinary team is composed of high achieving, experienced
professionals with international practical experience in sustainable
development, finance, international trade, trade policy, public and private
sector corporate governance, training, research, environment, international
finance and project management.

4.2 The Board

The Livelihoods Development Trust Board consists of eminent persons, of
high professional repute and social standing and includes the following:

(i) Chairman: Mr. Alvord Mabena

The chairman, Mr. Alvord Mabena is a seasoned engineer of the highest
integrity, and professional accomplishment. Mr. Mabena is a railway engineer
and ranks as one of the most experienced Zimbabweans in the rail transport
industry. He was the General Manager and Chief Executive of National
Railways of Zimbabwe, the country's largest employer outside government
with a total staff establishment of 18 000.

Mr. Mabena has wide experience in international railway systems and has
interacted with a number of donor organizations including World Bank, IMF,
Cida, Danida, Sida, Transmark, R.I.T.E.S, Malaysia, Indonesia, and New
Zealand, Mr. Mabena holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from
Sunderland University (UK) and is a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institution of
Engineers, Chartered Institute of Transport and Member of the Institute of
Directors.

(ii) The Director: Mr. Andrew Sibanda.

The Director, Mr. Andrew Sibanda is a high achieving professional with ever
deepening knowledge of designing and managing innovative multi-sector,
multi-stakeholder programs. He worked for the International Crops Research
Institute as an M and E officer in a regional livestock production and
marketing program that operated in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia.
Mr. Sibanda also has experience at the highest level of program management
with demonstrated skills as the Assistant National coordinator of the UNEP
funded Desert Margins Program in Zimbabwe. He also worked as a high
achieving Provincial Advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism
under DANIDA’s District Environmental Action Planning (DEAP) Program. Mr.
Sibanda has wide experience in research, program designing,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He has worked as private
consultant and has experience as an external evaluator (and team leader) of

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multi-sector programs implemented by national and international development
agencies in Zimbabwe. ,

Mr. Sibanda whose work experience spans government, private, regional and
international organizations understands the development space, policy and
practice in Zimbabwe. He also possess excellent analytical skills (including
data analysis) well developed report writing skills, designing, implementing M
& E systems. He holds a degree in Rural and Urban Planning, and graduate
certificate in environment and development, certificate in monitoring and
evaluation, GIS, and training of trainers.

(iii) Livestock and livelihoods Advisor: Dr. Polex Moyo

The Vice chairman Dr. Polex Moyo is a seasoned livestock health
professional who has vast experience in disease control and management in
Zimbabwe. Dr. Moyo holds two masters of veterinary science degrees and
various diplomas in livestock disease control, management, artificial
insemination and entrepreneurship. He is a member of ZVA (Zimbabwe
Veterinary Association), Society for the study of fertility and reproduction
(UK). He is currently serving as the Provincial Veterinary Officer for
Matebeleland North Province, and sits on several boards of private
companies.

(iv) Technology Transfer Advisor: Professor Lindela R. Ndlovu

Professor Lindela R. Ndlovu is a livestock scientist who holds a doctorate and
professorship in animal science. He is currently the Vice Chancellor of the
University of Science and Technology and sits on various boards. NUST is
one of the leading educational institutions involved in technology development
and transfer. His experience in technology development and transfer,
corporate governance, training and capacity development are key and
invaluable.

(v) Trade and Investment Advisor: Dr. Richard Mhlanga

Dr Mhlanga has wide experience in investment analysis and international
trade. He worked as Portfolio Manager for Barclays Stockbrokers in London
before returning to Zimbabwe in 2005 and joined Premier Finance Group as
Head of Premier Capital Management Limited. As a high impact professional
and principled investment and trade analyst, He rose to the position of Head
of Investment Banking, a division of Premier Banking Corporation. He is
currently MD at Dr. R. Mhlanga & Associates Financial Consultants and is a
lecturer in the MBA and MSc (Finance and Investments) classes at the
National University of Science and Technology. Dr Mhlanga holds a
Doctorate in Finance and an MSc in Investment Analysis. He is also an
Associate Member of the United Kingdom Society for Investment
Professionals (UKSIP).

(vi) Education and Capacity enhancement Advisor: Mrs. Polite Sibanda

Mrs. Polite Sibanda is an educationist with experience that spans over two
decades. She holds a diploma in education and has served in various private
school boards. She is well versed with education policy and practice in
Zimbabwe.

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(vii) Capacity and Talent Development Advisor: Pastor Kamba Nleya.

Pastor Kamba Nleya has wide experience in developing the total person. He
has been a serving Pastor and counselor for more than 10 years. Pastor
Nleya has been involved in talent identification and development among
children and young adults in more than 10 SADC countries, and the United
Kingdom. He holds a diploma in education and a Grade 5 qualification in
music.

5 Staffing

LDT is currently not running programs on the ground, but has identified four
members of staff. Namely, Andrew Sibanda, (Director/Programs Manager),
Mr. Shelton Makanda (Finance officer) and Mr Shadreck Zhou, (market and
trade Analyst), and Ms Samukeliso Mabhena.

Mr. Shelton Makanda holds an accounting degree from the National
University of Science ad technology, and Mr. Shadreck Zhou holds a masters
degree in marketing from NUST and is currently studying for a PhD in
entrepreneurship and value chain analysis.

Miss Mabena is the secretary who also has administrative roles.

6 Strategic Framework for Impact.

Our strategy is to achieve impact at local, national, regional and international
levels through partnerships and innovation in ACP countries beginning in
Southern Africa.

Partners, Stakeholders, Influence
Innovation Donors, Board and Staff on policy

Fair Trade

Impacts
Policy makers, on poor
Program media, opinion people
Interventions Leaders

7 Our footprint

Our target beneficiaries are poor and vulnerable households in local
communities, (including youth, women) to obtain fair benefits from private sector,
academia, policy makers, trading blocks and government in Zimbabwe.

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Ultimately our program coverage will encompass other African countries, the
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries.

8 Location and offices

LDT occupies a suit of six fully furnished and equipped offices located in
Bulawayo, and the addresses are as follows:

107 – 108 Garden Court
14th Avenue and Robert Mugabe Way
Bulawayo
Tel: 09 – 77737.

9 Current funding sources

Funds available Current operations are from the board members and
consultancy operations conducted by the staff members. Current main
expenditures include payment of office rentals, organisation’s registration,
and proposal development costs.

10 Current programs

LDT is currently in the process of registration and formulation of
strategies, design of projects for funding, search for partners.

10.1 Completed Program Designs

The LDT technical team has completed four program designs for submission
to prospective funders as follows:

Project Key objectives Location Total Budget Funding
(USD) agency
The Gariya • Water Tsholotsho (5 150 000.00 GEFSGP
Integrated resources wards)
project management
• Catchment
management
• Rangeland
rehabilitation
• Livestock
marketing
Livestock • Development Tsholotsho, 180 000.00 MS Zimbabwe
market of livestock Gwanda, Binga
development marketing and Beit-Bridge
project systems
• Improved
smallholder
market
participation
• PPPs
• Livestock
policy
advocacy
Talent • Identification • Tsholotsho, 200 000.00 -
identification of talent Binga,
and among Gwanda,

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development youths and Beit-bridge
program children. and
• Development Bulawayo
of talent
among
youths
Mopane worm • Suatainable Matobo, 180 000.00 -
project harvesting of Mangwe
(concept note) mopane
worms
• product
development
and value
addition of
mopane
worms
• Marketing of
mopane
worms

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