TOWARDS THE CREATION OF A DEVELOPMENTAL WELFARE STATE IN ZIMBABWE: AN INSIDE PERSPECTIVE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Wilberforce Kurevakwesu Bulawayo Campus
  • Fanuel Dzoma Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province
  • Mulwayini Mundau University of Zimbabwe
  • John Chiwanza Magocha University of Zimbabwe
  • Simbarashe Chizasa Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Manicaland Province, Mutare
  • Mary Takangovada Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Keywords: developmental social welfare, Department of Social Development indigenisation, social welfare, welfare state, social welfare services, Zimbabwe

Abstract

In June 2020 the government of Zimbabwe issued a statement of intent towards embracing a developmental social welfare approach by changing the name of the Department of Social Welfare to the Department of Social Development. This has been a long-awaited move in the indigenisation of Zimbabwe’s social welfare services. However, despite such a strong and progressive commitment by the government, there is no clear framework on how the Department of Social Development plans to implement developmental social welfare services in Zimbabwe. It is this concern that we address as we take an ‘inside perspective’ on the work of the Department of Social Development towards explicating current programmes and services, and examine available information on how the Department intends to reorientate Zimbabwe’s social welfare system. We then offer recommendations that can be used by the DSD towards the creation of a developmental welfare state in Zimbabwe.

Author Biographies

Wilberforce Kurevakwesu, Bulawayo Campus
Department of Social Work, Women’s University in Africa, Bulawayo Campus, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Fanuel Dzoma, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province
Provincial Social Development Officer, Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Mulwayini Mundau, University of Zimbabwe
Department of Social Work, University of Zimbabwe, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
John Chiwanza Magocha, University of Zimbabwe
Department of Social Work, University of Zimbabwe, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Simbarashe Chizasa, Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Manicaland Province, Mutare
Graduate Intern, Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Manicaland Province, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Mary Takangovada, Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Social Development Officer, Department of Social Development, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Compensation House, Harare, Zimbabwe
Published
2022-06-09
Section
Articles