Research Papers/Topics in Development Studies

Effectiveness Of Sexual Reproductive Health And Rights Services On Young People In Shurugwi District

Abstract The major objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of sexual reproductive health and rights services among adolescents. The study used wards 5 urban and 24 rural of Shurugwi district as case study and a sample size of 60 respondents was used. Adolescents in secondary schools and out of schools together with service providers, respondents provided rich pooled data that informed the study findings. The researcher employed the qualitative research approach in the st...

The Role Of Contract Farming On Cotton Production And Peasantry Livelihoods: The Case Of Jiri Communal Lands Of Gokwe South In Zimbabwe

Abstract The prevalence of contract farming in the cotton industry of Zimbabwe implies that it has become the dominant marketing system. Even the independently produced cotton is eventually sold to the contracting cotton companies owing to enacted regulations which compel all prospective cotton buyers to finance production through contract farming to be licensed to purchase seed cotton from farmers. However, the prevailing seed cotton marketing system is riddled with challenges char...

The extent to which the introduction of information communication technology is being embraced by the elderly teachers and school administrators in rural secondary schools: a case study of go

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to establish the extent to which Information Communication Technology (ICT) is being embraced by the elderly teachers and school administrators in rural secondary schools in Gokwe South District. The review of literature indicated that central to the embracing of ICT in rural secondary schools are aspects such as, ICT literacy among teachers and administrators, attitude of the elderly teachers, infrastructural developments and community involvement...

An Appraisal of Legislation and Policy on Human Trafficking in Zimbabwe

ABSTRACT Human trafficking is considered to be modern day slavery. Zimbabwe continuously seeks to strengthen its fight against this crime, latest with the Trafficking in Persons act of 2014 and the National Action Plan against human trafficking. The thesis analysis and investigates the extent to which law is able to fight against human trafficking. This is done by analysing Zimbabwe‟s legal framework within the field of human trafficking, conducting interviews with experts, and lo...

Impact of Internal Savings and Lending Schemes on poverty reduction in Gokwe South.

ABSTRACT This research assesses the impact of ISALS in poverty reduction in Gokwe South by analyzing the operations, benefits and challenges of the funding methodology. The research uses methodological and data triangulation in an attempt to make an informed conclusion about ISALS as a mitigating strategy against poverty. The research goes a step further to evaluate the extent ISALs have reached the poorest. The research analyses Household Economic portfolios and loan portfolios of ...

Survival Strategies Employed By Local Ngos In Gweru In The Face Of Reduced Donor-Funding

ABSTRACT The study is on the Survival Strategies employed by Local NGOs (LNGO) in Gweru in the face of reduced donor-funding. This document might help Gweru LNGOs to evaluate their survival strategies. Qualitative research method has been employed through face to face and semi structured interviews as well as document analysis. 5 out of about 40 Gweru LNGOs have been selected using convenience sampling. NGO by NGO approach was used on data presentation and analysis. Findings have sh...

The effectiveness of ISALS in improving agricultural productivity among rural smallholder farmers. The case of ward 10 and 11 of Shurugwi District.

Abstract Microfinance programs such as ISALs has become an imperative tool in empowering rural poor people by reducing poverty levels across the globe. The assumption is that by inculcating a culture of saving and improving their access to credit, rural poor people will be able to establish income-generating activities that is aimed at reducing poverty through enhancing agricultural productivity at all levels. Literature has shown that as a result of its affordability and accessibility,...

An Investigation In The Effects Behind The Increase In Cases Of Domestic Violence In Urban Zimbabwe: The Case Of Gweru Urban Between The Periods Of 2008 To 2014

ABSTRACT The research study investigates the nature of domestic violence and the reasons for the continuous increase in Gweru urban. The study focused on the lived experiences among the victims of domestic violence. Factors noted causing the increase of domestic violence are misinterpretations of equal rights and the Domestic Violence Act, the patriarchal systems, cultural norms and also the adverse economic situation in the country. It examines the effects of domestic violence on socio...

The Impact of The Commercialization of Indigenous Forest Products on Rural Livelihoods. A Case of Hurungwe North.

ABSTRACT The indigenous forest resources formed the basis of rural people’s livelihoods since time immemorial. The importance of these indigenous forest products led to their commercialization in different parts of the world. This study focused on the impact of the commercialization of indigenous forest products on rural livelihoods in Hurungwe North. A number of indigenous forest products have been commercialized. These include a variety of products that are being sold as food, m...

Effects Of Child Marriage On Girls’ Right To Education In Masvingo District

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of child marriage on girl’s educational rights. The study managed to look at the factors that have contributed to child marriages. In as much, the researcher also looked at how these causes of child marriage have been an obstacle to girl’s attainment of education hence suppressing their education rights. The study also looked at the effects of child marriages on girl’s education rights; these include poor academic perform...

The Contribution of Irrigation Agriculture to Food Security in Drought Prone Areas. The Case of Chikomba District, Zimbabwe.

Abstract This study seeks to evaluate the contribution of irrigation farming to food security in Zimbabwe with particular attention to Chikomba district. A mixed methodology that includes both qualitative and quantitative methods was used in the collection of data. Questionnaires, interviews and direct field observations were used as data collection tools. This study identified the crops grown in the irrigation schemes, it also determines the level of productivity and an evaluation ...

The Impact Of Taxation On Investment And Development In Developing Countries; A Case Of Zimbabwe

ABSTRACT The study critically analysed the impact of taxation on investment and development. Desk research was employed with data being sourced from books, publications and the internet. The study was aimed at examining the impact of taxation on investment in Zimbabwe; to determine whether the extent of cross sectional allocation of resources through tax revenue has impacted on the level of development in Zimbabwe and to establish measures that can be adopted for taxation to be an aid o...

Can Entrepreneurship Be The Answer To Zimbabwe’s Unemployment Crisis: A Case Study Of Epworth

Abstract The study highlights the growing dependence on entrepreneurship in the form of the informal sector and its sustainability as a substitute to the formal sector. In Zimbabwe’s current economic situation formal employment has become a luxury with most of society turning to the informal sector for survival. Programs by both government and NGOs have been established to train people to be entrepreneurs as a substitute for formal employment. As a sample, the study is focused on ...

Impact Of Kurera/Ukondla Youth Fund On Youth Empowerment In Warren Park, Harare

ABSTRACT This research sought to investigate the impact of Kurera/Ukondla youth fund on youth empowerment in Warren Park. The researcher further explored how the government and other youth based institutions can assist youths to reach their full potentialities. The researcher has deliberated on the role of the government in meeting the needs of the youths in Warren Park and in Zimbabwe at large. Youths face different problems in Zimbabwe such as unemployment, underemployment, lack of ac...

The impact of climate change and variability on smallholder farmers. A case of ward 10, zaka district. 2000 - 2014.

Abstract As the debate on the impact of global climate change goes on at global and regional scale, climate change impacts are already being felt at local level. This research aims at exploring impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers’ livelihood in ward 10 of Zaka District of Zimbabwe. Specifically the study seeks to: determine climate change manifestations; evaluate household-level impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and lastly; to investigate the...


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