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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As a result of ESAP, girls were reportedly dropping out of secondary school in Zimbabwe at Dhliwayo notes that although devaluation has some notable consequences its success is that it enables imports of quality international goods and technological goods such as cell phones have dramatically increased. imapct

Chakaodza states that while privatization may improve efficiency it will do so at the socio-economic and political cost of unemployment as well as depletion of needed foreign currency reserves. Richard notes that trade liberalization provides free access to capital goods and imported raw materials, it also opens the domestic market to competition from imported goods which place severe strains on local companies were feeling a negative impact of liberalization.

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The restructuring sought to promote higher growth and to reduce poverty and unemployment by 1 reducing fiscal and parastatal deficits and instituting prudent monetary policy; 2 liberalizing trade policies and the foreign exchange system; 3 carrying out domestic deregulation; and 4 establishing social safety net and training programs for vulnerable groups.

Thirdly, increases in civil service employment zimbabws spending on social services led to high taxes and zimbahwe serious budget deficit, which was financed by public borrowing. In addition, the emergency of seasonal price differential have also benefited those farmers with access to irrigation facilities or on farm storage and who can to wait to sell after harvest once zmibabwe have increased e. Generally, because of the increased cost of living and a depleted income base ESAP perpetrated poverty among the citizens of Zimbabwe.

Although Mupedziswa and Gumbo asserts that during the early phase of ESAP cross border trade was a brisk business for the ziimbabwe, they were however vulnerable to robbers especially ikpact South Africa.

This case can be clearly revealed by a Shona proverb in Tekere Child abuse is rampant. In conclusion it can be noted that although the government of Zimbabwe implemented ESAP with the objective to radically structure the economy, this was however not realised as the programme was marred by more negatives than the anticipated positive impact. This Economic Structural Adjustment Programme which in local parlance has been dubbed “Economic Structural Acquired Poverty” was supposedly a home grown set of economic measures designed to make the Zimbabwean economy more competitive.


Thus, no one believes that ESAP achieved its stated objectives.

‘ESAP was never ideal for Zim’

The controls guaranteed commercial farmers cheap credit and cost-plus prices, protected domestic industry from foreign competition, kept interest rates and the costs of imported inputs low, and allowed wages to grow more slowly than inflation.

Following the deregulation of cotton Company of Zimbabwe Ltd, new players entered the market increasing competition much to the benefit of cotton farmers. Brett is the visiting professor in political studies at Wits University. I write what I like: Population grew faster than job creation, widening the disparities in income levels. More so, with reference to exports, local companies found it very difficult to increase their exports to international markets especially those companies that were previously not involved in exports, Mlambo 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.

This saw secondary school enrolment level rising by This was on the issue of diverting attention to concentrate on the economic down turn yet at the same time the retrenched workers found their way to the rural areas as they could not cope with the escalating cost of living in urban centres as propounded by Tekere Because of the economic down turn inflation and other determinants there was pressure to earn extra money and this was especially felt by women who are responsible for family essentials, Riphenburg, You have entered an incorrect email address!

To make matters worse cost recovery measures reinforced gender inequalities and disparities in education which the Zimbabwean government had been trying to end since This adversely affected the quality of education. Chipika and others, in their book Effects of Structural Adjustment in Southern Africa, note that although ESAP was accepted as a way of achieving sustained economic growth in many African countries, many economists have dismissed the effects of the structural adjustment and stabilisation programmes as disappointing.

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Log In Sign Up. However, it also used state power to improve services, decrease inequality, and ensure that existing firms accept their nationalist if by reinvesting their profits in the local economy. All this suggests that rapid liberalisation was a serious mistake, and that what should have happened was gradual reforms combined with strong state controls. The shortage of foreign currency was largely a result of lack of investment.

This is summed up by a quote from Mupedziswa and Gumbo Mlambo further postulates that in the s the farm war between the USA and European community led to food dumping in Zimbabwe, and this led to declining maize prices in the country and thus led to the Grain Marketing Board GMB incurring huge financial deficit.


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. In doing so they risked their goods being confiscated and or pay a fine thus reducing their profits. Thus liberalisation opened the local market to competition from imported finished goods which therefore impose massive strain on local companies.

Much greater pragmatism should have prevailed, including willingness to incentivise local industry to adjust to the new environment using tariffs zimbabde export subsidies and the development and execution of an industrial strategy based on micro-economic reforms required to tackle the constraints to deepening industrialisation. Poku asserts that devaluation increases the cost of impach finished products and productive inputs necessary for economic development.

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However, the results were not as bad as many people believe. If this is so we impaft first ask why ESAP was adopted at all. Structural adjustment is therefore essentially a World Bank project, with some limited, if any, involvement by aid recipients. It was supported by most of the business sector, technocrats in the ministry of finance and the IFIs, and introduced before the economic problems had reached crisis proportions.

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On the revenue side, a decrease in the marginal tax rates for individuals and corporations lowered tax revenues. The last years of the decade had seen rising levels of investment and exports and declining debts. After announcing the SDA component inthe government took 18 months to appoint a coordinator the drought took much of the government’s attention during part of the program. A study carried out by Mupedziswa and Gumbo revealed that out of 17 women traders in the sample, eight were married and had children.

The increased prices of basic foods in this period were a direct result of the lifting of food subsidies and not the importation of food as a result of drought, Kanji Furthermore devaluation increases the local cost of production to an extent which may be beyond the means of small businesses which have no direct access to foreign currency through export earnings.

This was supposed to lead to a rapid expansion in growth, employment and exports. By dismantling many of the economic controls, the reforms established a better basis for selfsustaining growth.