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Zimbabwe presents unique challenges for the development community and for Africa. Zimbabwe's increased political repression, descent into economic collapse, and growing international isolation have an impact well beyond the country's borders. Donors, who have been developing strategies for dealing with 'difficult partners,' have been frustrated by their inability to encourage a more positive direction for the country.
CGD's work on Zimbabwe, led by Senior Fellow Todd Moss, included analysis of the economic conditions and proposed ways for the international community to support an eventual transition—from debt relief to democracy restoration.
In the wake of Zimbabwe’s disputed reelection of Robert Mugabe, it is alleged that dead voters accounted for one-third of the voter rolls, that 63 constituencies had more registered voters than actual inhabitants even though 2 million potential voters under 30 went unregistered. The elections have left many asking if biometrics are the future of voting.
CGD vice president for corporate affairs and senior fellow Todd Moss testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs about U.S. policy toward Zimbabwe. He urged members of the committee to support democratic elements of Zimbabwe’s government without aiding corrupt forces in the country.
Zimbabwe faces a daunting array of obstacles to full economic recovery, including a crippling external debt burden. Todd Moss and Benjamin Leo urge that the current government must address the legacy of debt arrears and manage external debt in order to generate opportunities for reconstruction and growth.
CGD vice president for corporate affairs and senior fellow Todd Moss will testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee on African Affairs about exploring U.S. policy options toward Zimbabwe’s transition.
Zimbabwe is in a state of virtual economic collapse. It faces grave public health concerns and even basic services have stalled. This Working Paper by Todd Moss and Stewart Patrick urges the international community to begin planning now for the narrow window of opportunity a post-Mugabe transition will provide.
Zimbabwe is in a state of virtual economic collapse. It faces grave public health concerns and even basic services have stalled. A new CGD Note by Todd Moss and Stewart Patrick urges the international community to begin planning now for the narrow window of opportunity a post-Mugabe transition will provide.