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Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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by Diana Conyers and Fanuel Cumanzala

Abstract
 

The development of an "informed and alert electorate" is essential for the establishment of democratic governance in Africa and for the continent's future economic growth. This need is particularly evident in Zimbabwe, which is currently in the midst of an acute political and economic crisis. This paper tells the story of a small community-based organization in a remote part of Zimbabwe, which helped to raise political awareness and consciousness among a dis-advantaged rural population. .. its experience has important lessons for the future development of Zimbabwe—and of Africa as a whole.

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http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2004.00397.x?journalCode=spol

source: Social Policy  Administration
Vol. 38 Issue 4 Page 383 August 2004
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See the documentation
Zimbabwe: Binga District, Matabeleland North, May 2001
by Save the Children UK and Binga District Drought Relief Committee

Concern arose among communities and local authorities in Binga district during February and March 2001, after crops were affected first by a mid-season dry spell, then by quelea bird attacks and finally by unseasonally excessive rain. It was feared that the losses to crops might be such that serious food shortages could arise in the district later in the year, and that drought relief assistance may be required. It was agreed with the District Drought Relief Committee (DDRC) that Save the Children UK should lead an HEA assessment of the extent of crop losses in the 2000-2001 production season, and the likely effect of this and other economic problems on livelihoods in the district. It would also assess the capacity of the population to cope with these problems and the likely costs of such coping. The report would recommend possible interventions.

The report provides information on the characteristics and economic profiles of the wealth groups in the area, the effects of the current crisis on each group, and examines the potential coping strategy of each group.
Pages    35
Date: June 2001
Key words    save the children, food aid, household economy, livelihoods, coping strategies, matabeleland, zimbabwe, 2001

source: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/foodsecurity/documentation/swa/binga.htm
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