The Research and Advocacy Unit and the Mass Public Opinion Institute conducted a study to examine active citizenship in Zimbabwe, with a major focus on women and youth. Using all the six rounds of the Afrobarometer data from 1999 to 2014 the study looked at “risk aversion” focusing on the risk taking and risk aversion behaviour of Zimbabweans. The interest in people’s risk taking behaviour was borne out of the need to understand the rise to eminence of citizen movements and collective citizen action and apparent increase in active citizenship in 2016. The desk study was underpinned by the hypotheses that people’s risk taking/avoidance is differentiated according to gender, age, education, employment, residence (rural or urban), and political affiliation as well as residence and political affiliation which were thought be more central variables in determining risk taking and risk aversion in Zimbabwe. After conducting the desk study, MPOI and RAU then sought to triangulate sources by conducting dissemination meetings in Harare, Mutare, Gweru and Bulawayo with the dual objectives of validating the findings in the desk study “Are Zimbabweans Revolting: Risk Aversion Study First Phase” paper and eliciting key respondents’ and youth views on Zimbabweans’ risk taking and risk aversion behaviour.

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