Zimbabwe

Thirty-Six Years of Mugabe and Why He Remains

Zoe Samudzi discusses the political staying power of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Throughout the course of his thirty-six years in office, President Robert Mugabe has used coercion and violence to clear the Zimbabwean political arena of opposition and dissent and consolidate his political power. He has singularly blamed the deteriorating economy on western sanctions rather than responsibly attributing it also […]

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    Book Review – Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism by Sara Rich Dorman

Book Review – Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism by Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman has produced a remarkably original, expansive and analytical text. Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism is also an extremely timely contribution given the recent resurgence of civic activism in the country. In highlighting contestation between society and the state, this book will surely launch new debates both in Zimbabwe and among its scholars, says Nick Branson.

There […]

How Zimbabwe Can Embrace The Future Of Work

Local contexts must be given as much prominence as global in the debate about the future of work, argues LSE’s McDonald Lewanika.

The future of work is at the centre of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) centenary conversations for 2019 when it turns 100. This multi-sector global debate focuses on four conversations: work and society; decent jobs; organisation of work […]

January 9th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

Zimbabwe Bond Notes and Their Possible Long-term Legacy

Tinashe Nyamunda analyses the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s efforts to address the liquidity shortage in the country.

Zimbabwe’s export incentive scheme was introduced to encourage exports and address the liquidity crunch in the country. If, for example, tobacco exporters accept bond notes, they receive a five percent incentive in addition to their export earnings. But in a country with a […]

December 22nd, 2016|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds edited by Richard Saunders and Tinashe Nyamunda

Book Review – Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds edited by Richard Saunders and Tinashe Nyamunda

Facets of Power is an extremely timely volume which chronicles a turbulent decade following the discovery of alluvial diamonds in Chiadzwa, Mutare district, in 2006. Detailing how a national asset was commandeered by a small clique, nine expert authors examine the pitfalls of international and domestic attempts to constrain elite predation. The text provides important lessons which should resonate […]

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    Boys May Suffer the Social Effects of HIV/AIDS More Than Girls

Boys May Suffer the Social Effects of HIV/AIDS More Than Girls

LSE’s Emily LeRoux-Rutledge shares insights from a recently published article on children affected by HIV/AIDS in Eastern Zimbabwe.

“There is a boy whose parents died of AIDS … He doesn’t have food. He is always hungry. He doesn’t have anyone to pay school fees for him and he doesn’t have clothes. He wears rags.” – Schoolchild, Eastern Zimbabwe

The social effects of HIV/AIDS […]

December 7th, 2015|Featured, Health|1 Comment|

Renowned Zimbabwe Writer Chenjerai Hove Remembered

LSE’s Matthew Engelke paints a personal and professional portrait of one of Zimbabwe’s foremost storytellers, Chenjerai Hove.

Chenjerai Hove, the renowned Zimbabwean author, has died. He passed away on Sunday 12 July 2015 in Norway, where he had been living in exile for several years as part of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), in Stavanger.

Hove was born in […]

Mediating electoral conflict in Zimbabwe

Stanley Tsarwe and Admire Mare examine the media’s role in triggering political violence. This post is part of the African Elections series.

As part of a research grant provided by the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Social Science Research Council, we analysed the role of the media in Zimbabwe’s 2008 general elections. Our study contributes to the broader literature […]

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    Teachers must be incentivised and rewarded if they are to become the new front line in helping children with complex social problems

Teachers must be incentivised and rewarded if they are to become the new front line in helping children with complex social problems

LSE’s Cathy Campbell argues that the role of the teachers must be transformed if they are to take on caring responsibilities for HIV/Aids-affected children.

Many people think that the battle against HIV/Aids has been won. Well, they are wrong. In Zimbabwe, which has suffered one of the worst HIV/Aids epidemics in the world, 74% of all orphaned children (about 890,000) […]

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    Book Review: From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa by Adrienne LeBas

Book Review: From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa by Adrienne LeBas

Why do strong opposition party organizations emerge in some democratizing countries, while those in others remain weak or quickly fragment on ethnic lines? In this book Adrienne LeBas explores the politics of popular mobilization in the sometimes politically tumultuous countries of Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia, and sheds light on how the choices of political elites affect organizational development. Ciara McCorley finds that this book contributes […]

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