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Economic Management in a Hyperinflationary EnvironmentThe Political Economy of Zimbabwe, 1980–2008$
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George Kararach and Raphael O. Otieno

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747505.001.0001

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Social Challenges of Hyperinflation

Social Challenges of Hyperinflation

A Case of Health and Education in Zimbabwe, 2000–08

(p.441) 18 Social Challenges of Hyperinflation
Economic Management in a Hyperinflationary Environment

Sanderson Abel

Oxford University Press

This chapter documents the challenges in the Zimbabwean health and educational sector during the period 2000–08. Serious political crises were accompanied by economic decline. The period was further marred by policy inconsistency and unwise approaches in economic management. Some of the government initiatives included controversial land reform, price controls, and unsustainable quasi-fiscal operations. Notably, by 1990, Zimbabwe had achieved impressive results in the area of health and education and was on course to achieve the associated Millennium Development Goals early. The turn of events which saw the country declining and enter social crisis remains controversial. In an effort to arrest the socio-economic crisis, the government adopted a variety of social protection programmes in education and health. Broadly, the programmes were unsuccessful as they faced obstacles such as limited resources and political interference in the implementation. The failure shows that the government was ill-prepared for such a crisis.

Keywords:   land reform, socio-economic crisis, social protection, quasi-fiscal operations, Zimbabwe, economic decline

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