With the Right Shifts, Zimbabwean Start-Ups Can Thrive

Like most African entrepreneurs, Zimbabwe’s entrepreneurs face tough economic, environmental and political factors–widespread poverty, major infrastructure gaps, unstructured markets and a rigid regulatory environment–that have a direct bearing on building successful businesses. However, the Zimbabwean entrepreneurial experience is a bit more challenging. Most entrepreneurs find themselves in a paradox, highly motivated by the prevailing hope…

We’re Hiring: Research/Business Development Associate

DRG Research/Business Development Associate Job Description   DRG is an African-managed start-up think-tank and business advisory firm based in Harare, Zimbabwe. We are a collaborative launch-pad aimed at supporting innovative development ideas and galvanizing the voice of young professionals to inform national policy discourse and business decisions. We focus on reimagining the current and future…

African governments tend to limit entrepreneurship

By Nomawethu Moyo – DRG Writer Over the past two decades, development economics has increasingly emphasized the importance of promoting entrepreneurship as a strategy for growth among emerging economies. However, entrepreneurship is still not a public priority in many African countries, and the lack of well-established entrepreneurship ecosystems and an entrepreneurial culture has limited development…

Zim’s Route to Industrialization: Boom or Gloom for Next the Generation?

By Edward Muguza Over the past decades, Zimbabwean industries faced significant economic challenges which slowed down production. Industry capacity utilisation ranged around 30 percent during the 2008-2009 period and only rose recently to the current 50 percent (CZI, 2018). This grim performance has been offset by high levels of cheaper imports from neighbouring markets, which…

Demographic Dividend Simplified. Africa, Let’s Act Now!

By Edward Muguza – DRG Director Population changes can have positive or negative effects on a country’s economy. In the African context, population changes have the potential to accelerate economic growth and improve the standard of living but the journey is not straightforward for most countries. There is need for effective strategic planning and economic…

Africa Rising: Let’s not mistake hype for reality and hope for achievement

By Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda – DRG Fellow   In his racist novel Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad points to the image of Africa as “the other world,” the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization. His description of Africans as savage is unpalatable; at least to a conscious reader. Featuring images of emaciated children, Conrad…

DRG Opinions – Forget Capital, Good Politics is a Prerequisite for Development

By Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda – DRG Fellow Questions always rise whether good politics foster development or not. There is considerable debate on whether to promote good governance or ensure development first as this continues to be a matter of public debate. In this piece, I look at the relationship between institutions and sound politics. My…