Presenting the survey at the launch of the Book, Economic Planning and Investment Promotion permanent secretary Dr Desire Sibanda said the major problems facing the poor included unemployment, access to education, health facilities and decent housing.“Empowerment of the marginalised is critical to ensure sustainable poverty reduction than subjecting them to dependency syndrome,” he said.
MORE than 90 percent of the country’s poor people are living in rural areas, a survey by the University of Zimbabwe’s Institute of Environmental Studies has revealed. The survey that was conducted in 16 districts of the country show the continued deepening of rural poverty and further increase in the rural-urban divide. The survey was carried out in Hwange, Hurungwe, Mbire, Mazowe, Mutoko, Mutare, Chimanimani, Chiredzi, Gwanda, Gokwe and Kariba among others districts.
Institute of Environmental Studies, deputy director, Dr Jeanette Manjengwa, said they had surveyed 33 448 households and 81 percent of these lived below the Poverty Datum Line with 95 percent in rural areas. Dr Manjengwa said 63 percent of urban households interviewed were poor. She said having more money through better jobs, increased productivity and better education could reduce poverty. “Zimbabwe has the highest number of natural resources among them gold, diamonds, land and platinum and these can be used to reduce poverty,” he said. “Zimbabweans are optimistic about the future. Most of the people interviewed said they expected a better life in the next five years unlike in Mozambique where during the same survey people expected to be where they were or to be in a worse situation in the coming years.”
University of Zimbabwe vice chancellor, Levy Nyagura, said while research was important it had to be relevant to the country and also include implementation. “We should not forget about the informers because they may suggest interventions. Research should not end at the theatrical stage but should be put into action,” he said.
Source: Herald Reporter - 24 May 2013 http://www.herald.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=797...
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The research presented in the publication is a result of a project funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). For more information refer to http://www.idrc.ca/en/regions/sub_saharan_africa/Pages/ResultDetails.Asp...