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…

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Partner With DRG: Strategy and Prioritization

Strategy is the engine for survival and growth for any business or organization. However, most strategy development processes end up not achieving the expected results due to several factors. One of the key challenges is the absence of a robust prioritization exercise – being able to develop a list of key activities and ranking them…

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How to Build a Middle Income Zimbabwe by 2030

Over the last couple months, we engaged with other great minds to brainstorm the economic transformation of Zimbabwe. This work is in line with the government’s vision of transforming the economy from low income to middle income by 2030.  Dr Farai Charasika has been championing  this work and below are his thoughts on how to get…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Introduction: DRG Background

Within the broad and all-important field of development, current pre-eminent approaches to informing decision-making, namely, Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) and routine Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), have not been able to fully address emerging questions in our fast-changing societies. Continuous reliance on these tools will only stifle the African continent’s response and exacerbate present challenges. There…

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