Investigating the Nexus Between Foreign Aid and Economic Development: The Case of Goromonzi District, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe

Abstract – The foreign aid-economic development nexus remains controversial and hence vague as different development economists and researchers give mixed conclusions over the debate. Commanding a place on the list of perpetual recipients of foreign aid, Zimbabwe has its stake in the on-going debate. As one of the perennial beneficiaries of aid, one would expect that at one point aid would cease and countries be self-sustaining. However, this is not the case with Zimbabwe and this leaves one with a question- ‘Is foreign aid ushering in development’? This paper sought to unpack the aid-local development nexus through a qualitative approach. The quantitative approach could not be possible due to data paucity. Through physical evaluation, interviews, questionnaires and focus group discussions in Goromonzi District, results indicated a strong positive impact of aid towards development. However, stakeholder registered some concerns which they felt if attended to would bring more benefits from foreign aid. The study registers some policy recommendations basing on research findings.

Keywords: Foreign Aid, Economic Development, Exploratory, Goromonzi District

[Cite as: Chinorwadza, T., and Siavhundu, T. (2021). Investigating the Nexus Between Foreign Aid and Economic Development: The Case of Goromonzi District, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe. Diverse Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 3, Issue 4, Pages 1-8.]