The ESAP experiment in Zimbabwe is widely seen as an almost unmitigated failure and the cause of the economic crisis of the late s. An Introduction to ESAP: Zimbabwe By David Coltart. 31st January Danish Volunteer Service Development Workers Meeting. ESAP’S FABLES II. BY RICHARD SAUNDERS. Richard Saunders is SAR’s Zimbabwe correspondent. Zimbabwe’s Economic Structural Adjustment Programme.

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In other words, the programme must be an end in itself, namely the economic revitalisation of this country, not a means to an end, namely the political survival of ZANU-PF.

Dhliwayo noted that, user fees in health services were introduced. Remember me on this computer. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions estimated that about 55, jobs were lost up to – about double the figure estimated by government.

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Moreover liberalisation has also opened opportunities for small-scale producers to diversify into cash crops and an outstanding example is cotton production. Social dimensions The program’s social dimensions of adjustment SDA component was to address the transitional hardships 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.

This is an integral part of trade liberalisation and the removal of existing protections in place for esp domestic economy.

Continued reduced overall real spending by government now points to systematic and increasing shortfalls in social infrastructure investments. Cattle, ticks and climate change…be warned and prepared. ximbabwe

‘ESAP was never ideal for Zim’

In this regard, it soon became clear that the fine attention to technical details which were part of the economic reform process was missing when it came to devising, implementing and reforming programs involving the “social” aspects of adjustment. Why, then, was ESAP adopted?


When ESAP was first introduced, the government claimed it was the only alternative to continued production bottlenecks, stagnant local demand and a worsening unemployment problem that threatened to become politically troublesome.

Many committed and courageous people in various social and political movements are struggling to achieve a progressive political transition in Zimbabwe.

Professional morale and service delivery within the public health system has wilted. Hence, if nothing is done to cushion such negative effects, the participation of girls will continue to be severely affected. Also, scholars say trade liberalisation generated numerous opportunities for agriculture in Zimbabwe, because ij removal of price controls has resulted in producer prices going up has benefited agricultural communities who have access to markets and the with the ability to shift into alternative cash crops according to shifts in relative prices.

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Search this Site Search for: Unfortunately the results were much less than satisfactory. Ebbing support in the elections of led to increasingly destructive seap to reward allies of the ruling party, which meant a continuing failure to control the budget deficit. This adversely affected the quality of education. It was the beginning of a trend that jn see, by the mid s, average real earnings fall to the lowest levels since the early s.

The impact of cost recovery measures in education was almost immediate as parents simply withdrew children from school or postponed sending them to school. Zimbawbe and fracturing Promising rapid economic growth, expanding employment opportunities and a hands-off, efficient state, ESAP fell far short of its main macroeconomic targets.

Moreover, most of this social growth was financed by government without jeopardizing relative macroeconomic stability. First known land reform in Egypt.

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This zimbahwe that restoring the old controls would not be enough to overcome the current breakdown. A Three Decade Perspective. 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.

It does not seem to have been applied in countries where there is small government, low taxation, few foreign exchange zimbaabwe and democratic government.

ESAP entailed the reduction of Government expenditure by retrenching 25 percent of the civil service, withdrawing subsidies, commercialising and privatising some state-owned companies and introducing user-fees in the health and education sectors, among others. Now, as Zimbabweans await the unveiling of a follow-on, second five-year program, rising popular displeasure with ESAP has brought pressure to bear on the government and its international backers for the re-evaluation of what has proven in practice to be a treacherous model of development.

These have proved to be disastrous and harmful causing socio economic effects to the government and the mass population. The result was modest but positive growth.

I believe that the reason why ESAP has been introduced is simply because Government realised in that it was in a severe economic mess, and therefore political mess, and that it had to do something dramatic prior to ezap it wished to stay in power.

Let me explain what I mean by looking at other legislation introduced since the elections: