Children: Implications for Social Welfare in Zimbabwe,” The Journal of ESAP. Sub Sahara Africa. Additionally, African elites have lost their. However, J.T. Chipika and others, in their book Effects of Structural Adjustment in Southern Africa, note that although ESAP was accepted as a. The expected dividends of ESAP did not materialise, and thus many an assessment of their impact and of what they suggest for the future.

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The Zanu-PF government remained unwilling to foster inn emergence of independent black capitalist and working classes. The devaluation of the Zimbabwean dollar, another component of ESAP, meant an escalating cost of imported inputs for manufactured products. It relied on beneficiaries to apply for benefits, and the complicated and costly application process effectively excluded many of the poorest people, immpact had little access to government information.

This can be noted in Zimbabwe were their advice led to catastrophic food shortages in This prompted the government in January under ESAP, to introduce primary school fees and an increase in secondary school fees in urban areas.

Evaluation of the impact of ESAP in ZImbabwe | Emmanuel R Marabuka –

Implemented during a severe recession brought on by Zimbabwe’s worst drought in more than a century, the program made impressive strides impct trade and domestic regulatory policy, creating the basis for self-sustaining growth.

Industrial output fell overall, but many internationally linked enterprises managed to adjust to the new conditions reasonably well.

ESAP in Zimbabwe came as a result of the lame economy that the new government inherited and the inappropriate economic policies adopted at independence Essp The Zimbabwean Ministry of Health noted inthat the country had a total of 1 doctors giving a ratio of patients to doctors of 7 It was not forced to adopt ESAP as a result of a fiscal and balance of payments crisis like most African countries, but had achieved positive, albeit modest, economic impqct during most of the s, and enjoyed significant improvements in social service provision.

Zimbabwe has tried two contradictory policies since The introductory focuses on conceptualisation of the dissertation in relation to contemporary policy and academic debates.


‘ESAP was never ideal for Zim’

Second, the ESAP reforms were badly sequenced, and unevenly applied. Zimbabwe is experiencing a cumulative breakdown. We will not speculate about when and how this might occur. This was attributed to the closure of Cone Textiles with a workforce of 6 workers, citing rapid increase in cotton lint prices as a result of removal of government subsidies for lint in December Mlambo A Framework for Economic Reform.

Hence, Zimbabwe is not a preferred recipient of funds from Western financial institutions. Tight foreign currency exchange controls and general market protection strategies made it difficult for companies to import key raw materials, machinery, spare parts and finished consumer and industrial goods.

It dismantled the foreign exchange control system, freed all current account transactions from exchange controls and import licensing, removed public monopoly over the marketing of agricultural commodities, deregulated the financial sector, lifted price controls, and abolished investment licensing for all but large foreign investments. They further argue if ESAP had been successful, Zimbabwe had the potential to become the first new industrialised country in southern Africa.

They did not take account of the inevitable institutional complexities involved in supporting an adjustment from a highly protected import-substituting industrial sector to an internationally competitive, export-oriented one. All were standard ingredients of “liberalisation,” as were the Bank’s and IMF’s increasing emphasis on reduction of the government deficit, civil service reform and shedding of public enterprises.

Origins of the Zimbabwe crisis

Zimbawe has been expropriating assets and foreign exchange in order to buy support and pay its bills, and thus destroying viable firms, driving away skilled workers, fuelling inflation, and cutting the food production needed to feed its people and the exports to pay for its imports. This case can be clearly revealed by a Shona proverb in Tekere Usually experts are brought into the country intending to carry out reforms, to conduct research leading to the design of the programme or to zlmbabwe officials in key ministries or organisations such as Finance, Agriculture and Central Banks.

In education, the picture emerging over the years of ESAP was equally disturbing. Social dimensions The program’s social dimensions of adjustment SDA component was to address the transitional zimbqbwe brought on by the proposed civil service downsizing, the removal of maize meal subsidy to poor urban consumers, and the reinforcement or introduction of health and education fees.


Why, essp, was ESAP adopted? The manufacturing sector achieved positive growth inand its exports increased. This saw secondary school enrolment level immpact by Whenever the local companies collapsed their share of the local market was quickly taken over by the multinational companies which flooded the domestic market with their products.

This is because the price of inputs went astronomically up beyond the reach of the small oof and communal farmers. During ESAP the government also introduced the system of collective bargaining for wages and conditions replacing government intervention in wage-setting except for farm workers and domestic workers.

Structural adjustment is therefore essentially a World Bank project, with some limited, if any, involvement by aid recipients. It can be noted that before the implementation of ESAP the government controlled prices.

The recovery in and from drought and the inevitable stresses induced by adjustment was rapid and robust, with significant increases in investment and growth. These were summarized by ZMFEP as policy reform in public finance, trade liberalization, privatization of public institutions, economic regulation, investment promotion, monetary policy and sector reforms, and addressing social problems brought about by the economic structural changes.

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This adversely affected the quality of education. By focusing on the formal urban sector, the program restricted its ability to reach the majority of Zimbabweans, who work predominantly in the informal sector and in rural areas. The poverty gap more than doubled between andincreasing from 0. It retained Zimhabwe controls that guaranteed cheap credit and protected domestic industry from foreign competition.