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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Happy New Year everyone. ESAP tried to derail that progress through the mandatory introduction of school fees.

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. In many ways we have been driving our economy on a tank of fuel filled up many years ago. At the same time, the government’s stricter enforcement of a user fees system erected barriers to health care in the way of poorer social groups who were, typically, those most in need of health services.

Despite these overwhelming odds we hope that together we might be able to adjust your minds structurally today. If most households had sufficient income, this new order would not pose as much of a dilemma. But though the standard price of bread dropped temporarily, the creeping power of the market ensued; and in January the price of bread was nearly double that which prompted rioting two years earlier.

In addition, the emergency of seasonal price differential have also benefited those farmers with access to irrigation facilities or on farm storage and who can to wait to sell after harvest once prices have increased e. Application paperwork was cumbersome, especially for the less educated who also tended to have less access to information on the programs. It further explores the understanding of the variety of interconnections between macro-economic in light of structural adjustment and Shelter development Strategy.


The latter also requires integrating retrenchment initiatives and strategic planning to ensure efficiency gains. Clearly something had to be done about the economy.

The public sector, too, has suffered unprecedented job losses and falling real salaries.

Any serious reform programme will not only need to avoid past mistakes, but also recapture and build on earlier successes. Population grew faster than job creation, widening the disparities in income levels.

Origins of the Zimbabwe crisis — Helen Suzman Foundation

On Reform In Zimbabwe Zimbanwe In particular they point out that the long ij plan to trim the bloated civil service and cut the size of the Cabinet seems to be on hold. The program’s fee support system was complex, involving different eligibility criteria and arbitrary income thresholds. A historical review of both macroeconomic and shelter industry management policies experienced in Zimbabwe prior to ESAP are examined.

Please enter your name here. Moreover, most of this social growth was financed by government without jeopardizing relative macroeconomic stability. I have already spoken about the various acts brought in since the implementation of the Structural Adjustment Programme concerning University Students, the Court and land. Yet fees remained in place, largely at the insistence of ESAP policy makers.

I am not an economist and accordingly cannot comment with authority on the success or otherwise of the Structural Adjustment Programme to date.

However, it is also important to note that they were not nearly as poor as many people believe.


‘ESAP was never ideal for Zim’

There was a robust recovery in andwith significant increases in investment, exports and growth. But this still fell far short of the actual basic need, and did not begin to address additional heavy school iin expenses including school levies, materials, uniforms and other costly items. 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 zimvabwe international backers for the re-evaluation of what has proven in practice to be a treacherous model of development.

Loss-making parastatals and subsidies generally are taboo.

Yet ESAP is widely seen as an almost unmitigated failure. All were standard ingredients of “liberalisation,” as were the Bank’s and IMF’s increasing emphasis on reduction of the government deficit, civil service reform and shedding of public enterprises.

The one exception in this regard – large real growth in capital spending much of it construction – has been heavily dependent on donor injections of capital, and has raised further questions about how government will manage to meet new recurrent expenditures in a period of public service retrenchments and declining recurrent spending. Let me explain what I mean by looking at other legislation introduced since the elections:.

Zimbabwe’s adjustment program contained the usual collection of Bank-inspired reforms – trade and currency de-regulation, devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar, movement towards high real interest rates, the lifting of price controls, chopping of “social spending” and removal of consumer subsidies.