He has done extensive research and documentation on human rights abuses and corporate looting in Zimbabwe’s extractive sector, in particular the diamond sector. In 2011 Farai was arrested for his human rights work, charged and detained for 40 days by the Zimbabwean government. In November 2011 Human Rights Watch honored him with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. He was also honored by Rapaport, a clean diamond campaigner, for protecting artisanal diamond miners in Zimbabwe’s Marange region. He is a renowned critique of corporate inequities against communities and a strong advocate of post extractivism. He believes extractive industries are deepening structural inequalities in societies by promoting both direct and structural violence against the poor. Farai is a PhD candidate at the School of Developmental Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal and holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Center for Peace Studies in Austria and a Master in Peace and Governance from Africa University where he also obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Education Degree. He regularly speaks at conferences on conflict diamonds and alternatives to mining.
Tapuwa O’bren Nhachi – Research Coordinator
Tapuwa O’bren Nhachi is a Social Scientist / Development Practioner with over 10 years’ experience in research, program coordination, monitoring and evaluation. Areas of expertise include natural resource governance, extractive industry and environmental analysis, policy analysis, poverty monitoring as well climate change mitigation. Tapuwa holds academic qualification in Development studies, Practical Monitoring and Evaluation. Strategic Management and Occupational Health and Safety Research. Tapuwa is a member of the Zimbabwe Research Council. He has contributed articles to local and international papers on various concerns which include SDGs, climate change, gender equity, extraction and natural resource governance. His recent involvement in extractive research include work on: Sustainability Reporting Compliance by Public Listed Mining Companies in Zimbabwe: An evaluation against stock exchanges requirements (2016).