On 4th June, the ODI hosted a Roundtable discussion on 'Re-thinking aid policy in response to Zimbabwe's protracted crisis'.
The aim was to bring together people with a knowledge of human rights, humanitarian responses, the political economy of fragile states, vulnerability, poverty and livelihoods to discuss the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe, current aid modalities and programmatic design. A small, invited audience was drawn from a broad variety of backgrounds, including academia, civil society and the international community, to enable active participation in a structured discussion. The latter part of the day concentrated on the identification of options for alternative aid modalities and approaches to implementation.
Although the event focused on Zimbabwe, the discussion aimed to generate conclusions of wider relevance.