Zimbabwe's Prospects for Transformation.

Beyond the Crises: Zimbabwe's Prospects for Transformation is a welcome addition to the academic and policy literature with a much broader and all-embracing focus in terms of policy interventions. By focusing on different aspects of social and economic justice, Murisa and Chikweche go beyond initiating a broad discussion on these two key pillars of human development with a view to suggesting possible future directions of practical solutions and policy development for the attainment of inclusive social and economic justice for Zimbabweans.

The book is a gem that seeks to tackle policy alternatives the Southern African nation could have pursued to avoid the quagmire that has entangled it today.

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What You'll Learn

"The main theme of the book is the recognition of Zimbabwe’s need for a new framework for inclusive and equitable socio-economic development."

Overview of Beyond the crises

The chapters in the book cover diverses areas beginning with an analysis of the current political and socio-economic context. The main thrust is to identify the underlying causes behind the lack of transformation especially in the post-2000 period. We then attempt to answer the "what if" question by looking at experiences, trends, and innovations from elsewhere as potential solutions to a more creative and comprehensive socio-economic framework.

Chapter 1

Not yet Uhuru: Zimbabwe's Halting Attemps atDemocracy

In Chapter 1, Murisa embarks on a very ambitious project of analysing the processes of state and non-state led attemps at nurturing democracy since independance. He examine in detail how the different cycles of economic performance have had an impact on the nature of state and society relations, by focusing on the texture of public participation

Chapter 2

Arrested Development: An Analysis of Zimbabwe’s Post-Independence Social Policy Regimes

Murisa and Nyaguse analyse the evolution of social policy in Zimbabwe from the heady days of welfarism to privatization and eventual crisis in the post-2000 period. This chapter provides an important background for many other chapters in the book as it analyses important historical factors that contributed to economic collapse and also how the majority poor have also been affected.

Chapter 3

Financial Exclusion: An Analysis of the Evolution and Development of Microfinance in Zimbabwe

Chikweche and Murisa focus on financial inclusion and exclusion, an issue that has been neglected in many transformation narratives. They argue, based on experiences elsewhere that adequately sized amounts of short-term credit to the majority poor operating on the sidelines of the formal market can potentially go a long way in improving their livelihoods, creating new forms of economic assets at individual household and community level but also in creating demand for manufactured goods.

Chapter 4

Land and Agrarian Policy Reforms Post 2000 - New Trends, Insights and Challenges

Murisa and Mujeyi revisit rural development and discuss the significance of the fast-track land reform as a potential signal for the re-imagining of rural transformation in Zimbabwe in terms of production patterns, land and labour relations. The chapter interprets the importance of current trends of land redistribution and utilisation and their implications on Zimbabwe’s agricultural, and rural development in the next ten years.

Chapter 5

Rethinking Gender and Accumulation: The Relevance of Small Scale Entrepreneurship and Social Capital within a Rural Context

Mutopo highlights the critical role women-centred notions of agency have played in fast-track farms and also exposes the developmental gaps on the part of external agents, notably the government, non-governmental organisations and farmers unions. The chapter critiques Zimbabwe’s National Gender Policy which is silent on the role that rural women play in agricultural development at a national level.

Chapter 6

Climate Change: Impact on agriculture, livelihood options and adaptation strategies for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Ndebele-Murisa and Mubaya review the negative repercussions of climate change on rural livelihoods especially in terms of the capacity of communities to ensure adequate food supplies through own production. The chapter further explores the impact of climate change on agriculture from the context of its synergy with adaptation strategies in agriculture.

Chapter 7

Biodiversity and Human Development in Zimbabwe

Mutasa and Ndebele-Murisa present a case for a sustainable and equitable model of sharing Zimbabwe’s diverse biological resources in order to enhance livelihoods and broad socio-economic development. The chapter briefly highlights the historic framework in which the country has managed its biological resources in comparison to the regional and global context of natural resources management.

Chapter 8

Business Unusual: New Markets, Doing Business with the Base of the Pyramid

Chikweche focuses on the emerging global discourse on the significance of the world’s disadvantaged inhabitants who from a business perspective had been ignored as an irrelevant and unattractive market. This market, which constitutes at least two thirds of the world’s total population, has been described as the invisible bottom of the pyramid (BOP) market. The chapter attempts to contextualize the relevance of this discussion to the Zimbabwean context.

Chapter 9

Emerging models of inclusive Growth: Revisiting Entrepreneurship and SMMEs in Zimbabwe

Chikweche and Mujeyi in Chapter 9 undertake an analysis of small, micro and medium entreprises (SMME) development and entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe in view of the already misplaced focus of using one policy or two.

Chapter 10

Policy Recommendations: Towards an Inclusive Socio-Economic Development Framework

Murisa and Nyaguse look to future Zimbabwe, informed by the chapters in this volume. They assert that the country's goal for years to come should be the attainment of inclusive socio-economic transformation based on the adoption of a broad range of interrelated policy measures and strategies based on values or principles of inclusion, dignified access and respect for all. They suggest that new partnerships should be involved in creating a transformative socio-economic framework.

Chapter 11

The Democracy Manifesto for Zimbabwe

The chapter is framed in the form of a proposal for a new form inclusive democracy by bringing back the participation of local communities in decision making in a more sincere manner than the current tokenist and limited forms.

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About The Editors

Find out more about the authors.

Tendai Murisa
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Dr. Murisa joined TrustAfrica in December 2009 to coordinate our efforts to build an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa. He was named Executive Director by TrustAfrica’s Board of Trustees in July 2014, and took office on 1 October 2014. Dr. Murisa holds a B.Sc. in political science and administration from the University of Zimbabwe, where he graduated with honors; a Master’s degree in development studies from Leeds University in the UK; and a doctorate in sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa. He brings eight years of experience at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies in Harare, where he developed policy dialogues and training programs aimed at improving pro-poor land and agrarian policies in Africa, and two years of experience at the Poverty Reduction Forum, also in Harare.
Tendai Chikweche
Tendai Chikweche is an academic and independent management consultant with 14 years extensive corporate and research experience on emerging markets.He is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from NUST, MBA (Bradford), a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and a PhD from University of Western Sydney. He is an active member of the chartered Institute of Marketing, of which he is a qualified Chartered Marketer. His research and consulting interests are primarily on enquiry on the bottom of pyramid markets, emerging markets, strategic marketing, international business, entrepreneurship and small to medium size enterprise development. He has presented and published numerous refereed international conference and journal papers on these subject areas and has won accolades for some of his research output such as Emerald's Australian Top Journal Articles for 2013 and CIMAR Best Conference Paper. He is currently a Faculty member of the School of Business at Western Sydney University.

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