Inside Mugabe's Zimbabwe as economy struggles
Zimbabwe is asking for direct aid from Western governments as its population faces more food shortages following a poor harvest.
It is also facing an exodus of people trying to find work in other African countries, with 1.5 million Zimbabweans now believed to be in South Africa.
Stephen Sackur has been granted rare access to Zimbabwe, amid a debate on its future after President Mugabe.
Watch more from a series of special HARDtalk programmes from Zimbabwe on Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 May 2015 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel.