The Effectiveness of Economic Policies on the Grassroots from 2010 To 2014: A Case of Ward 16 Chikanga, Mutare
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This study investigated the effectiveness of economic policies on the grassroots citizens in Chikanga, Mutare for the period 2010 to 2014. This was done in a bid to suggest ways to enhance policy formulation as well as implementation that is sensitive to grassroots expectations and initiatives. The study used the qualitative research paradigm. Questionnaires and key informant interviews were used as instruments to collect data. The study used a sample of 20 participants comprising of 17 local grassroots citizens and 3 key informants. Purposive sampling was used to select the residents as well as the key informants. The data collected was presented in tabular forms, pie chart and bar graph. The results show that most of the government’s economic policies implementation cascades down to the grassroots. There is however lack of awareness on the grassroots citizens on the economic policies that are being implemented in their areas. The study also established that the grassroots citizens are facing challenges in accessing a basic standard of living with most citizens generating insufficient income. Political marginalisation was also cited as a stumbling block for effective policy implementation at the grassroots. There is also a wide pool of skills at the grassroots that if properly utilised can enhance economic growth.