The Zimbabwe Economic Policy and Research Unit (ZEPARU) was established in 2004 with the objectives of building  sustainable human and institutional capacity for economic policy research and analysis, conducting needs-based and contextually relevant applied economic policy analysis and research that feeds into the policy making process and to serve as an economic knowledge bank from which stakeholders may obtain information and advice on best practices in economic policy.  ZEPARU is registered in Harare, Zimbabwe under the Deed of Trust and operates at national and regional levels. ZEPARU is also governed by a clearly set mission and vision. The mission statement of ZEPARU speaks on undertaking customer-driven research and capacity building activities to promote a culture of evidence-based policy making and implementation processes in Zimbabwe. The long-term vision of the organisation is to become the leading centre of excellence in economic policy research and analysis in Zimbabwe. The vision and mission are collectively set by the whole organisation, including founder(s), Board of Trustees, and senior management.To achieve its set objectives, ZEPARU undertakes:

  • research/knowledge generation,
  • policy analysis and advocacy,
  • hosting and attending convening/dialogue(s), and
  • engaging in collaboration/partnership with like organisations.

In place within ZEPARU are policies such as Human Resources and Staff Development, IT, Conflict of Interest and a Child Protection policy. To help the organisation stay on track as well as track internal issues, ZEPARU undertakes financial audits, annual external audits, IT systems audit, skills audit, review of programs.

Organisational Structure

A Board of Trustees governs the organisation which is run by an Executive Director with supporting staff that include a Finance Director/Manager, Accountant as well as Research Fellows, a librarian as well and an Outreach Officer.

Organisational Interventions

ZEPARU has a laid down strategy jointly developed by the internal team, the management, and an external consultant. Areas of focus as determined by the strategy are Inequality, Economic Justice/Governance, Gender and Women’s rights, Rural Development, Health, and Youth.

1. Social Justice

Social policy focus relates to

  • research and advocacy for improved access in respect of social policy in the following areas education; health; and food security. Social policy focus also includes infrastructure, health and education financing.

2. Inequality

Under Inequality, focus is on

  • Research and advocacy for improved access,
  • and development of alternative policy options and models around a wide array of issues, namely poverty and income distribution; models of economic development; government effectiveness; welfare systems; drivers of inequality: trade regimes; drivers of inequality: illicit financial flows; and drivers of inequality: tax regimes.

3. Democracy

Under the Democracy theme, ZEPARU’s work is confined to

  • research, advocacy for improved access, and development of alternative policy options and models around local government reforms/ effectiveness.

4. Economic Justice

Economic Justice/Governance’s focus is on

  • research, advocacy for improved access, and development of alternative policy options and models on public budget analysis; financial inclusion; anti-corruption; natural governance (mining, wildlife, fisheries, forestry); informal sector and SMME development/support; macroeconomic recovery, reform and management, regional trade and integration.

5. Rural Development

Under ‘Rural development’ focus is on

  • research, advocacy for improved access, and development of alternative policy options and models on issues of land reforms, agrarian reforms, rural livelihoods, rural associations, local government reforms, and enhancing participation in local/national processes.

Organisational Projects

In the past two years, ZEPARU has implemented the following programmes: Mining Sector Studies under the Governance and Institutional Strengthening Project (GISP); Development of Training Modules for Parliamentary Committees; and Blending Infrastructure Finance. The first project was funded by a bilateral development partner with a duration of 24 months while the other two projects were funded by private local individuals and had a duration of six months.

Knowledge Generation

ZEPARU has produced numerous knowledge products. In the last three years, the organisation has produced a regular newsletter, monographs, book chapters, books, and blogs. Between one and 12 of these were produced over the three-year period. In addition, over 12 policy briefs/insights and more than 24 reports were also produced. ZEPARU carries out desktop research, field surveys, and policy research. These are mostly conducted internally, by research fellows who are not full-time staff members of the organisation. The organisation disseminates its research through the website, official launches, circulation through email list servers, exhibitions and conferences, social media (Facebook and Twitter alerts), and engagement meetings. In the last three years, ZEPARU has held more than 5 convenings with CSOs, NGOs, embassies, business sector, government, political parties, and donor agencies. Over the same period, ZEPARU staff attended more than 20 workshops organised by CSOs, embassies, business sector, government, political parties, donor agencies, general citizens. In addition, ZEPARU convened more than 15 dialogues, held 10 book launch events, and made more than 15 presentations at public meetings with CSOs, NGOs, embassies, business sector, government. It also had more than 20 targeted memos/meetings with policy makers as well as CSOs, NGOs, embassies, business sector, and government; over 20 public written media (newspaper posting); five to 10 TV appearances on policy-related research; and between one and five radio appearances on policy-related research.ZEPARU carries out policy advocacy, seeking to influence policy at the local (community/municipality), national, and sub-regional (e.g. SADC, COMESA) levels. Advocacy actions include the preparation of policy briefs to support policy positions, analysing and communicating policy gaps and suggestions on new models, engagements with policy makers, and mobilising network(s) seeking policy change. The Executive Director oversees all advocacy engagements.

Constituency, Movement Building, and Collaboration

The work that ZEPARU does benefits

  • the local community,
  • local NGOs
  • international NGOs,
  • social movements,
  • CSOs,
  • government departments,
  • think tanks with technical expertise,
  • multilateral agencies (e.g. UN agencies), and
  • specific special interest community such as farmers, business, SMEs, and the disabled.

Benefits realised by the beneficiaries include training support, use of evidence that ZEPARU generates for policy advocacy, preparation of alternative policy positions by ZEPARU, and use of ZEPARU’s online materials in developing their programs. ZEPARU’s work beneficiaries contributed to the organisation’s strategy or focus areas by helping in the establishment of the organisation, participating in the strategy making process, suggesting areas of focus, and being involved in mapping the problems the organisation focuses on. Some of the beneficiaries also fund ZEPARU’s work.ZEPARU collaborates with other organisations in joint implementation in similar projects, providing research-based evidence to advocacy focused partners, receiving research-based evidence from research organisations, receiving and providing technical assistance. Organisations that ZEPARU collaborates with include CBOs, local NGOs, international NGOs, government departments, think-tanks with technical expertise, and multilateral agencies such as UN agencies.ZEPARU is also part of an existing network of organisations engaged in similar work. Its engagement with like organisations is at the community/local, national, sub-regional, and regional levels. Such engagements have helped ZEPARU increase the visibility of its work, enhance its effectiveness, access vital platforms, benefit from training, have access to information, as well as access to resources.

Measure of Effectiveness

The impact of ZEPARU’s work is measured by its management. The effectiveness of interventions is measured through ongoing internal monitoring, promoting feedback from partners, and the adoption by government of recommendations proffered. Documented evidence on the effectiveness of the organisation’s interventions includes external reports citing its work, written/recorded affirmation by beneficiaries, and independent evaluation reports.Through its website, ZEPARU reaches more than 10 000 people. In addition, it has 1388 Facebook followers, 382 on Twitter, and twelve YouTube subscribers. ZEPARU also engages with the media through TV appearances, radio features, newspapers, and YouTube.

Digital Channels/Platforms No. of People Reached Effectiveness
Website 10 000 High
Facebook 1388 High
YouTube 12 Low

Financial Sustainability

The organisation engages in fundraising and consultancy to fund its work. It also receives grants from the Government of Zimbabwe and development partners. ZEPARU has a finance/funding strategy and owns immovable assets/property. It has been focusing on reducing operational costs by adopting cost containing strategies, in case it runs out of funding.

External Environment

ZEPARU ranks government policies, information technology, and government legislation as the top factors that affect its work. A new business model has been adopted to respond to changes in the environment.


Research surveys, publications/ journal articles/ Policy papers Pathway to formation of artisinal mining

CommonPractices on Mine Rehabilitation Financing

An analysis of Zimbabwemining revenue and disclosure frameworks

Enhancing natural resource management in Zimbabwe

Fiscal Performance and Transparency in the Budget Formulation andImplementation Process in Zimbabwe

An Assessment of Arrears Clearance Strategy and Sustainable DebtOptions

AnAssessment of Financial Market Distortions in Zimbabwe

Assessment of Zimbabwe's trade performance within context ofregional intergration

Distortions in thelabour market in Zimbabwe

An Assessment of the Macroeconomic Policy Formulation andImplementation Processes in Zimbabwe

Youth empowerment and entrepreneurship through technologytransfers

Assessment of the Scope of Beneficiation and Value Addition ofMinerals in Zimbabwe

Development of a competitive soya bean value chain

Reconfiguration of the Zimbabwe geological survey web

Best practices for supporting artisinal and small- scale mining inZimbabwe

Indepthtraining needs assessment survey of the Zimbabwean mining sector

Policy research on global best-practice in establishing andmanaging a sovereign wealth fund in Zimbabwe

Cost driver analysis of the Zimbabwean Economy

Financial Liberalisation and Crisis: Experiences and lessons learntfrom Zimbabwe

Agri-business, foods and beverages value chain study

Engineering and metals value chain analysis country report

COMESA-SADC-EAC Tripartite free trade area:Implications for ZimbabweEnhancing Zimbabwe's regimefor resolving corporate financial distress in Zimbabwe: Current challenges and possible solutions

Finacial inclusion strategies for making financial markets work forthe poor in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's cotton to clothing value chain study

Harnessing Resources From The Informal Sector for EconomicDevelopment

Financial regulation and supervision in Zimbabwe: An evaluation ofadequacy and options

Economic literacy

Chemicalindustries value chain analyisis report 2013

Contributionsand challenges facing the financial sector inZimbabwe

The economics of employment creation

Capital account restrictions in Zimbabwe during the multicurrencyperiod

Building agricutural competiveness in Zimbabwe

Access to bank credit as a strategy to re-industrialisation inZimbabwe: The issues

Positioning the Zimbabwe tourism sector for growth: Issues and Challenges

Mining sector PolicyFinancial sectordevelopment and resource mobilisation

Strengthening the Zimbabwe national policy making process

Linkingelectricity supply to economic growth in Zimbabwe

Pursuing inclusive financial development for economic growtth

conducive investment climate

Exploring the roleof small and medium enterprises in economic development

Digital opportunities for economic growth and development forZimbabwe

Preconditions for adopting a single currency in SADC and COMESA

Positioning Zimbabwe manufacturing sector as a growth driverLessons From Singapore and Taiwan

The growing Sino-Indo—Africa trade and investment relations:Prospects and challenges for Zimbabwe

Does the ZimbabweStock Exchange (ZSE) have potential to support economic growth during the multicurrency system?

Feasibility and rationale for establishing a debt management officein Zimbabwe

Measures to enhance Zimbabwe’s fiscal spaceThe scope forpublic-private partnerships for infrastructure development in Zimbabwe

Currency reform in Zimbabwe, An analysis of possible options

Sustainable financing options for agriculture in zimbabwe

A review_of zimbabwe's future currency regime

Books and Book Chapters
Policy Briefs Fiscal trasparency and accountability policy brief

Fiscal transparency and accountability - inforgraphics

Determinants of Inflation in a Dollarised Economy

Best Practices for Atisinal and small scale mining in Zimbabwe

In-depth Training Needs assessment survey in the Zimbabwe miningsector

Impact of the 15% value added ax(VAT) on accommodation for foreigntourists in Zimbabwe

Export Performance and health service delivery

Blogs/ Vlogs/ Newsletters Financial sector development and resource mobilisation as economicgrowth drivers
Reports (e.g. annual, bi-annual, quarterly) The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 20

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 19

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 18

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 15

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 12

he ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 9

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 8

The ZEPARU economic barometer Volume 7

Dialogues (No.)
Training (including training manuals)