Economic Justice for Women’s Project (EJWP) lamented the government’s abrupt shifts in economic policy, saying it negatively impacts the consistent monitoring of the impact of these plans on women’s empowerment in Zimbabwe.
Findings in the organization’s paper titled “Post-Independence Zimbabwe Finance and Economic Policy Evolution: Impact on Women” released on Women’s Day observe that Zimbabwe has a legacy of adopting policies that did not have clear gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation procedures. .
The document states that the Medium Term Plan was the first economic plan to have a detailed monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, intended to be conducted at three levels which include policy, operational and parties. stakeholders.
“Unfortunately, the lifespan of the MTP was abruptly cut short in 2013. This suggests that the government “learned nothing and forgot nothing” in terms of including women in economic governance since no proper evaluation of the plan has been undertaken to provide decision-makers with some lessons that could inform future policies,” the document states.
The paper blames these weaknesses as the main cause that has led successive economic policies to relegate the inclusion and empowerment of women in economic governance to the periphery.
The detailed document notes that while the Short Term Emergency Recovery Program (STERP) which succeeded the MTP acknowledged that previous political declarations demonstrated serious shortcomings in the implementation of agreed political measures and also suggested that the M&E is of paramount importance, the issue of M&E has only been highlighted in passing in policy without clear strategies on how it would be implemented.
Furthermore, according to the newspaper, ZIMASSET, which was launched after the MTP, has just highlighted the issue of M&E in passing, thereby downplaying its importance in the success of the policy.
“Thus, poor and insufficient M&E leads to knowledge gaps from previous policies, which can hamper the success of policies, as no lessons would have been learned from previous policies. Therefore, the results showed that the challenges women face are very diverse and complex,” the newspaper observes.
The document called on the government to invest in research and collection of gender-disaggregated statistical data to identify gaps in women’s participation in key economic sectors such as mining and agriculture.
“This will help deliver healthy and responsive policies based on demand,” the newspaper added.