AN Assessment of the Effectiveness of Government and Non-Governmental Organisations Poverty Alleviation Strategies in The Rural Areas of Zimbabwe. A Case Study of Masvingo Central Rural, Ward 18
This paper employs the qualitative research methodology to analyse the impact of the poverty alleviation strategies implemented by the government and NGOs to curb poverty in rural areas. The phenomenon seems to be a rural phenomenon since over half of the poor people in Zimbabwe live in rural areas. Masvingo central rural ward 18 is used as the case study where by 24 participants were used out of which there were four key informants. The research looked at the strategies such as microfinance, cash transfers, agricultural extension and the integrated community development. Findings through interviews showed appreciation of these strategies. Despite such information, observations showed that some people are still poverty stricken as they live in substandard shelters and mainly the elderly suffering from the chronic illnesses fail to seek medical aid. This is also shown through low access to basic social services like education noted through school dropouts, lack of access to clean and portable water. Recommendations to improve the effectiveness of these were made. These include employing a developmental approach in welfare provision, infrastructure development and integrating development initiatives into the African values.