Ambition Bank

In the mid-1950s, a dream by members of the excluded black youths in colonial Africa was allowed to flourish and this led to the successful structuring and execution of an emancipation movement that cut across the continent. This democratisation drive becomes the basis of the concept of an AMBITION BANK, whence from the failure of the governments to financially unlock the wealth within these visions, has been the forefather which has catapulted Zimbabwe into this comatose economy.

Zimbabwe, as a region has a progressive demographic structure, with well above 75% of the population being members of the youths, a youth abundant with big and unrealised ambitions. The African Charter, which Zimbabwe has adopted, defines youths as that group within society, which lies between 16 and 35 years of age, an age group spanning twenty years. This therefore talks to the fact that there are four generations whose dreams, ambitions and ideas have been locked away into oblivion, due to the deliberate and misinformed government stance of not tapping into the mental resource of these vibrant young minds. The deliberate move by the government of the day to exclude the youths from welfare beneficiation, lack of government investment in the ambitions, ideas and visions of the youths of the day has been caused by the existence of a void in the audibility of the voice of the youth with regard to economic development. Misrepresentation of the youth by flawed forums has further led to the dwindling of the ambitions of the youths, where basic needs such as housing, well-paying jobs and asset control is being viewed as prosperity. Factors including the omission of the youth in policy creation, political illiteracy of the youths, abuse of the youths by political parties and political persons, creation of big names and political oligopolies, ageism and commodification of education have, beyond any shadow of a doubt, depleted the value and content within the ambition bank in Zimbabwe. Dreams of the youths have ceased to be of national relevance, and have become personal. Hence, the ambition bank has been disintegrated within itself, and this spells disaster for the youths of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe has an informal economy, chaotic in substance, characterised by vendors and touts whose ambitions are at least to own property, and to escape the clutches of an economy colonized by poverty and unemployment.

As the Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy, we believe in the capacity of the young people with regards to creating, imagining, implementing and living their dreams, before they have been compromised. The movement is one which identifies and develops ideas of all youths, with no discrimination at all. YARD is a politically blind movement, which seeks to elevate the youths, instead of relegating the youth.

Economic empowerment for the youth is a vehicle which will drive job creation, investment opportunity and sustainable economic visions. Through YARD, youths will have a chance to be appreciated for the content of their character, strength of their intellectual capacity, and in their patriotism for Zimbabwe, rather than to a political party. Inclusivity is our dream as opposed to clientism.