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Karen Proudlock, Research
Roundtable discussion: Re-thinking
aid policy in response to Zimbabwe's protracted crisis
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This report was commissioned by the Overseas Development
Institute as a contribution to a
on Zimbabwe to be held at the Overseas Development Institute
in June 2007.
It summarises media coverage of Zimbabwe from February
to May 2007. The report is divided into
sections based on selected themes including: Inflation and foreign
exchange rates; Social unrest and insecurity; Agricultural and land
reform policies; Political opposition; The future of Mugabe and
ZANUPF; Donors and the International Community; Role of Civil Society;
Labour markets and unemployment; Migration and remittances; Access
to key services (health and education); HIV infection rates and
life expectancy. References are provided as footnotes indicating
the title, publication and date of web access (where applicable)
(see Appendix I for list of sources). This media digest is based
on uncorroborated media reporting and neither the author nor the
Overseas Development Institute can be held responsible for any inaccuracies
or bias in these media sources.
currently in the grip of interrelated political, economic, and social
crises, which are taking a terrible toll on the country's
people. Consecutive years of economic decline have resulted in periodic
shortages of food, fuel, electricity, medical supplies and other
basic survival commodities. Inflation has risen to over 2000% and
unemployment is touching 80%. Once robust social services are decaying,
exacerbated by the AIDS epidemic and a considerable 'brain
drain' of skilled personnel. Hunger is spreading and life
expectancy has dropped to roughly 35 years.
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