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This report is a summary of proceedings of the economic policy dialogue held by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in collaboration with ZEPARU on 13th of February 2020.

This study sought to assess the skills levels/mix; competences; monitoring and evaluation; and implementation capacity of the three tiers of government to fulfill functions bestowed upon them by the Constitution of Zimbabwe and suggest policy interventions that Government may adopt to ensure the tiers of government are adequately strengthened to effectively implement devolution

The World Bank/Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund (ZIMREF) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis Unit (ZEPARU) is calling for research proposals for Advanced Policy Focused-Poverty Analysis in Zimbabwe using available national household survey micro-data from ZIMSTAT. Deadline for submission is 7 March 2020.

Zimbabwe is implementing economic  devolution where provinces and districts will act as economic hubs competing with each other to attract investment and transform themselves into economic zones. This study aims to investigate the key success factors in implementing devolution in Zimbabwe.

Evidence abounds that Zimbabwe is not competitive. This low competitiveness weighs down on its economic growth prospects.This study analyses Zimbabwe’s competitive position and assesses the factors that influence the country’s competitiveness. 

Local authorities play a crucial role in service delivery making it critical in the implementation of devolution.This study is seeks to identify factors within the control of urban councils that can be addressed to compliment devolution.  

The purpose of the study was to investigate the extent to which Zimbabwe has adopted and is implementing mining revenue and information disclosure frameworks. The study was based largely on literature and document review as well as key informant interviews with the various stakeholders in the extractive industry. 

The Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) sector in Zimbabwe has historically been a subsistence activity, complementing small-scale farming. In recent years, the contribution of the ASM  sector to gold deliveries and hence to the national economy has been significant. 

In many mining jurisdictions,the  area that mining companies have not rehabilitated is giving rise to an increasing contingent liability for the government if mining operations cease. As a result, many governments encourage progressive rehabilitation of mining sites whereby a miner rehabilitates affected environment concurrently with mining operations. 

Zimbabwe is richly endowed with natural resources which include renewables (land; forest,water; wildlife; sunshine) and non-renewables (oil; gas; minerals) among others. The exploitation of these natural resources present immense opportunities to sustain high levels of income based resource rents.

This discussion paper sought to tease out the stakeholder's concerns with regard to fiscal transparency and accountability following the policy dialogue held on the 27th of November  2018.

This policy brief summarises the key findings of the two research papers presented at the ZEPARU-AERC Dissemination workshop on Export Performance and Health Service Delivery.