Assessing the Impact of Development Aid on Poverty and Development
The purpose of the study was to ASSESS THE IMPACT OF DEVELOPMENT AID ONPOVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT . The research made use of the Social Learning theory byBandura which assumes that peoples’ behavior are a result of the way they were socializedwhen they were growing up. It also assets that peoples’ behavior are just as a result of the things they would have experienced in the past. The research made use of the survey as the research design for the project. The survey research is important for documenting existing community conditions, characteristics of a population, and community opinion. The researchinstruments that were used are questionnaires and in-depth interviews. The populationunderstudy were man and women living in Harare. The research made use of 30 randomlyselected participants from Harare ward 11and 3 key informants from ZRP (VFU) andMoWAGCD Harare. Systematic random sampling was used in order to come up with thestudy sample. The study managed to find that people are aware that the Domestic ViolenceAct is a legal instrument that is meant to solve issues of domestic violence. However it wasnoted that the knowledge that the people have is not sufficient in raising awareness since thepeople do not have sufficient knowledge about the purpose and provisions of the Act. Thestudy also found out that the methods of education that are being used to spread the awareness of the Act are only dwelling on the basic components rather than the purpose andprovisions of the Domestic Violence Act itself. It was also noted that societal attitudes arecontributing to under reporting and utilization of the Act within the society. A number ofrecommendations were raised and these include the need for resource mobilization fororganizations to implement the Act, the need for door to door sensitization campaigns as well as inculcating a culture of law seeking behavior within the community. Key words: Domestic violence, awareness, gender, culture.