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Zim back sliding into poverty

by Stephen Jakes
16 Sep 2021 at 11:10hrs | Views
Zimbabwe is sliding into high level poverty, lack of proper health care, and corruption despite significant progress in climate action, education, and electricity.

Afrobarometer Sustainable Development Goals Scorecard revealed that a new Afrobarometer SDG (SDG) Scorecard for Zimbabwe shows progress on climate action as well as access to education and electricity.

The Afrobarometer SDG Scorecard, which provides citizens' assessments of Zimbabwe's progress over a recent five-year period on important aspects of the United Nations SDGs, also reveals that the country is doing better on gender equality in technology use and on reducing the gender gap in employment, although the overall unemployment rate has remained unchanged.

"Zimbabwe is slipping on poverty, hunger, and access to medical care and clean water. Trust in state institutions has declined, perceived corruption among these institutions has remained unchanged, and payment of bribes for public services has worsened," reads the release.

The organisation said the newly developed Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards highlight citizens' experiences and evaluations of their country's performance on democracy and governance, poverty, health, education, energy supply, water and sanitation, inequality, gender equity, and other priorities reflected in 12 of the 17 SDGs.

It noted that these citizen assessments can be compared to official UN tracking indicators adding that they present both summary assessments for each SDG - via blue, green, yellow, and red "stoplights" - as well as the data behind these assessments.

Afrobarometer, an independent pan-African survey research network, released scorecards for Zimbabwe and six other Southern African countries as part of a series of regional webinars focusing on progress toward the SDGs in Africa.

"In the most recent survey in Zimbabwe, the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) interviewed a nationally representative, random, stratified probability sample of 1,200 adult Zimbabweans in April 2021," reads the release.

Source - Byo24News