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Locked Out of Aid, Zimbabwe Begs IMF and World Bank for Help

  • Government receives no response to a letter to multilaterals
  • Zimbabwe acknowledges responsibility for ‘policy missteps’
Members of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) work on specimens in a COVID-19 laboratory testing centre at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Members of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) work on specimens in a COVID-19 laboratory testing centre at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Photographer: Zinyange Auntony/AFP via Getty Images

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Zimbabwe, locked out of coronavirus-related aid programs because of debt arrears, has thrown itself at the mercy of organizations including the International Monetary Fund. It has received no response.