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Title:Vulnerability, poverty and coping in Zimbabwe PDF Logo
Authors:Bird, Kate
Prowse, Martin
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.41
Abstract:This paper uses five life histories from three locations in Zimbabwe - one peri-urban, one urban and one rural to provide a window on current processes of impoverishment and adverse coping. Each case and location highlight key aspects of Zimbabwe's recent economic and political turmoil. Together the cases suggest that, similar to Hoddinott's work on the persistence of the 1993-94 rainfall shock in rural Zimbabwe, above and beyond increased mortality rates and morbidity levels, current adverse forms of coping are creating widespread irreversible wellbeing losses. The persistent effects of the current crisis surely adds weight to arguments that the international community should be more, rather than less, proactive in delivering aid to the Zimbabwean people, despite the politicization of aid and logistical difficulties.
Subjects:Zimbabwe
fragile states
fragile groups
vulnerability
coping strategies
life histories
land reform
labour markets
HIV
state repression
urban poverty
input and output markets
JEL:O2
ISBN:978-92-9230-089-0
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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