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The political economy of Zimbabwean Urban informality since 2000 – A contemporary governance dilemma

Abraham R. Matamanda, Innocent Chirisa, Munyaradzi A. Dzvimbo and Queen L. Chinozvina

Development Southern Africa, 2020, vol. 37, issue 4, 694-707

Abstract: The article explores the urban informality dilemma in Harare through the lens of a political economy theory. It examines the typologies of urban informality, the influence of political economy on urban informalities, and informs decision-making to address the urban informality dilemma. A qualitative approach was used where secondary data were collected through document analysis and primary data from interviews with 20 purposively selected key informants. Surveys and in-depth interviews were conducted with 585 individuals engaged in informal activities. It emerged that urban informality in Harare takes on different forms and aside from the economic crisis, politics played a role in the emergence and proliferation of urban informality. The article provides insight into, and raises awareness with regard to key areas of concern on how power influences decision-making relating to urban informality. Therefore, the article provides a basis for policy formulation and institutional reforms for effective measures to curb urban informality.

Date: 2020
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