Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Households in Zimbabwe

Results from a High-Frequency Telephone Survey of Households


The COVID-19 pandemic created an urgent need for timely information to help monitor and mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the crisis. This information is essential to inform policy measures for protecting the welfare of Zimbabweans. Responding to this need, the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), together with the World Bank and UNICEF, designed a high-frequency telephone survey of households to measure the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. The high frequency telephone survey is based on the Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (PICES) of 2017 and 2019. The surveys used a sample of 1 747 households in the first round, 1 639 households in round 2 and 1 235 households in round 3, from all ten provinces of Zimbabwe1. The sample is representative of urban as well as rural areas. This survey is referred to as the Rapid PICES Monitoring Telephone Survey, and is jointly funded by the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund (ZIMREF) and UNICEF, and implemented by ZIMSTAT with technical support from the World Bank and UNICEF.

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