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Title:Structural Adjustment and the Working Poor in Zimbabwe: Studies on Labour, Women Informal Sector Workers and Health
Editor:Gibbon, Peter
City of publisher:Uppsala, Sweden
Publisher:Nordic Africa Institute
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
economic policy
women traders
public health
Labor and Employment
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Politics and Government
Sex Roles
Abstract:Zimbabwe embarked upon structural adjustment in 1990 as one of the strongest and most diversified economies in sub-Saharan Africa, and with high expectations for further growth. The three studies brought together in this volume examine the relationship between structural adjustment and changes in the social conditions affecting the working poor in Zimbabwe. The first study, by L.M. Sachikonye, analyses the impact of the economic structural adjustment programme (ESAP) on labour conditions and the response of labour to the adjustment process in 1993. The second study, by Veronica Brand, Rodreck Mupedziswa and Perpetua Gumbo, examines changes in the conditions experienced by a group of women informal sector traders in Harare during the second and third year of the country's adjustment programme. The third study, by L. Bijlmakers, M. Bassett and D. Sanders, is an interim report of a research project, started in 1993, on health and structural adjustment in rural and urban settings in Zimbabwe. The report describes the methodology and results of baseline household surveys conducted in May-June 1993 in Chitungwiza, a conurbation situated about 30 km south of Harare, and in Murehwa District, Mashonaland East Province, as well as the results of a series of focus group discussions held with nurses and community members on professionalism and the quality of care. In an introduction, Peter Gibbon surveys the Zimbabwean adjustment process and the current policy debate on adjustment.