• Show Us the Money: The Changing Meaning of Cash in Zim

    Show Us the Money: The Changing Meaning of Cash in Zim0

    The minister of finance and economic development in Zimbabwe, Mthuli Ncube, as reported in the mainstream media, recently  confirmed that government will soon introduce an actual currency.  This will be done in order  to augment what is referred to as the bond note and the ZWL or electronic  RTGS money that is currently being used.

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  • Electricity Cuts, Lifestyles and Modified Behaviour in Zimbabwe

    Electricity Cuts, Lifestyles and Modified Behaviour in Zimbabwe0

    Electricity and access to it is a big issue in Zimbabwe at the moment.  Not least by admission of our own government but more importantly by the lived realities of many urban based Zimbabweans, civil service workers, social service providers, informal traders and formal or informal private business owners. I have mentioned ‘urban’ Zimbabweans because

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  • The United States Dollar as a Deity in Zimbabwe

    The United States Dollar as a Deity in Zimbabwe0

    The Zimbabwean government recently did the unfathomable, at least according to social media pundits, some civil society organisations, unions and influential urbanites.  It arbitrarily and abruptly re-introduced a local currency for all domestic financial transactions.  At least at law. As expected there was an immediate outburst of anger on social media, in press conferences, statements

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  • Resolving the Cyclic Cashew Crisis in Tanzania

    Resolving the Cyclic Cashew Crisis in Tanzania0

    Tanzania has just witnessed a tale of the sacking of two Charles’. One, the Minister who was responsible for agriculture and, another, for industries. What has been dubbed ‘koroshow’ is behind this, not least because the cashew board has also been dissolved alongside other related reshuffles. Korosho is a Swahili word for cashew. For politicians from the opposition camp,

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  • Angel Investors and Demons of Venture Capital

    Angel Investors and Demons of Venture Capital0

    “Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose” – Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr The old Swahili adage, “vijana ni taifa la kesho” (youth are the nation of tomorrow), seems outdated. Even the use of the phrase, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future”, is apparently waning. What appears to be trending now is Africa as “the young continent.” It is thus not surprising that

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Blessing Ivan Vava

1. The lack of substantial reforms, the further shrinking of democratic space and corruption, have however contributed to the current deteriorating humanitarian crisis and to the economic and social situation.@crisiscoalition