Why and when was the CAMPFIRE Association formed?
The CAMPFIRE Association was formed in 1991 to represent the interests of the District Councils who had recently been granted Appropriate Authority. In 1992 the CAMPFIRE Association took the leading role in the co-ordination of CAMPFIRE activities and the representation of the CAMPFIRE within national, regional and international fora.

How is the CAMPFIRE Association Structured?
The CAMPFIRE Association is structured like its member RDCs. There is a Board that is made up of elected representatives from the members and is accountable to the General Assembly. The Board directs an executive to carry out its policy decisions.

What are the objectives of the CAMPFIRE Association?
The objectives of the CAMPFIRE Association have evolved over the years with the development of CAMPFIRE. The current objective or vision of the CAMPFIRE Association is:

  • “By 2015, the CAMPFIRE Association will operate as the hub of a sustainable system of community-based natural resource management development partnerships and be recognised as the leading partner to Government in the development and implementation of community directed sustainable development initiatives in Zimbabwe”.
  • In all its activities and operations, the CAMPFIRE Association will facilitate the practice of the philosophy of CAMPFIRE, with its focus on supporting the ability of rural communities to participate in the economy through wise and sustainable use of natural resources.

What is the Strategic Growth Initiative?
In 2002 the CAMPFIRE Association started a process to refocus its activities. A three-year plan called the “Strategic Growth Initiative (SGI) 2002-2005” was developed. Under the Strategic Growth Initiative the CAMPFIRE Association has five core programmes. These, developed with its members and CAMPFIRE Stakeholders, will guide the Association's activities over the next three years.

How is the CAMPFIRE Association funded?
The CAMPFIRE Association has several sources of funding. These are:

  • Membership fees:
    All RDCS pay an annual membership fee to the CAMPFIRE Association. This was Z$50,000 for 2006 and currently US$300. The Association invoices RDCs in January. Membership fees passsed by the Annual General Meeting of the CAMPFIRE Association.
  • Levies from members:
    Members whose gross CAMPFIRE revenue exceeds US$10,000 per annum are required to pay an annual levy to the CAMPFIRE Association of 4% of total gross CAMPFIRE revenue. The Association invoices RDCs on a bi-annual basis (June and December). The levies will be calculated from the bi-annual reports submitted by the RDCs.
  • Grant funds:
    The CAMPFIRE Association has and will continue to develop project proposals that can be submitted to donors for funding. Over the last decade the CAMPFIRE Association has received funding from USAID, NORAD, the European Union and the Department for International Development (UK). CAMPFIRE has also received support from the Ford Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Grant funds have been used for institutional support of CAMPFIRE and infrastructural development projects at community level.
  • Endowment or Trust Funds:
    The CAMPFIRE Association established the CAMPFIRE Trust in 2010. A Board of Trustees administers the trust independent of the Association.

How does the CAMPFIRE Association use its revenue?
The CAMPFIRE Association uses its membership fees and other revenue to support the interests of its members at national and international levels. This involves working with government on policies that affect natural resource management, liaising with NGOs on supporting natural resources management activities at producer community level and sourcing donor funds to support new initiatives at community level.

How does the CAMPFIRE Association account for its revenue?
Under the Private Voluntary Organisations Act the CAMPFIRE Association is required to produce an audited set of accounts on an annual basis. These are presented by the Chairman at the Annual General Meeting.

The CAMPFIRE Association is the umbrella association of RDCs implementing CAMPFIRE. The Association receives revenue in the form of membership fees and donor grant funds and, in future, trust funds. The Association uses its revenue to represent and promote the interests of its members at national, regional and international level.