Sanc­tions im­pact chal­lenge for re­searchers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Min­istry of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment is call­ing for pro­pos­als from re­searchers to carry out an in-depth study on the im­pact of Western im­posed sanc­tions on Zim­babwe.

The Govern­ment will fund the re­search and a com­pre­hen­sive re­port with full re­sults of the study must be com­pleted within 12 months.

In a state­ment, the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said re­searchers in­ter­ested in car­ry­ing out the study must submit their ap­pli­ca­tions by Oc­to­ber 15.

In se­lect­ing the awardee, pri­or­ity will be given to high qual­ity ap­pli­ca­tions with the abil­ity to ad­dress the re­search ques­tion in a way that pro­vides use­ful an­swers to the Govern­ment to ad­dress hu­man ca­pac­ity build­ing as well as pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als will be eval­u­ated by an In­de­pen­dent Eval­u­a­tion Com­mit­tee and an ad­ju­di­ca­tion com­mit­tee set up by the Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund (ZIMDEF).

The Min­istry said the study must es­tab­lish the im­pact of the sanc­tions on or­di­nary peo­ple, Zim­babwe as well as SADC.

“The to­tal bud­get limit for the ap­pli­ca­tion will be $150,000, 00. A com­pre­hen­sive re­port with full re­sults of the study will be re­quired by the Min­istry within 12 months fol­low­ing re­ceipt of the award,” said the Min­istry.

“The so­cio-eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated by the sanc­tions saw sev­eral donor funded agen­cies and in­ter­na­tional NGOs re­lo­cat­ing their of­fices from Zim­babwe to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. It is es­ti­mated that the sanc­tions have cost Zim­babwe well in ex­cess of $42 bil­lion since 2001 which af­fected var­i­ous vul­ner­a­ble groups of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion.”

It said the sanc­tions im­posed on Zim­babwe fol­low­ing the coun­try’s land re­dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gramme have so far been de­scribed mainly from a po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tive.

Thus, the study must pro­vide an in­for­ma­tive qual­i­ta­tive char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of the sanc­tions from var­i­ous per­spec­tives in­clud­ing eco­nomic, trade, fi­nan­cial, cul­tural, diplo­matic iso­la­tion, among oth­ers. — @ thamamoe.

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