Our Projects

  • Project Name migrants on the margins & unknown city
  • Client An RGS, ESRC & AHRC funded research with University of Sussex,
  • Year October 2016 to Octo
  • Main project features

    Understanding the institutional factors behind socio-economic and political immobility and invisibility of residents of marginal/informal areas of Harare (Epworth Ward 7, Hatcliffe Extension and Hopley) using multiple data gathering methods (7 Focus Group Discussion sessions, 49 Q Interviews, 2 Household Surveys over the two years, 16 Key Informant Interviews, 1 Comic Strip characterizing one resident's lived experiences and 50 Oral History Interviews). The research is part of a four-country comparative study covering sites in Hargeissa (Somaliland), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Dakar (Bangladesh). It involves the UK Universities (Sussex, Durham and UCL). A policy seminar in September 2017 presented preliminary findings showing the lived experiences of residents of these localities. Another one is planned in September 2018 collating the research findings, summarizing capacity building at DEGI and synthesizing policy recommendations to the two Councils (Harare and Epworth), Government of Zimbabwe (mainly Ministry responsible for local government) and communities.

  • Project Name zimbabwe national human settlements policy 2018
  • Client Government of Zimbabwe
  • Year 2018
  • Main project features

    National consultations and research leading to a National Human Settlements Policy. Zimbabwe has experienced rapid growth in rural and urban settlements, which has not always been properly managed in terms of planning, actual development and management (service delivery and local governance). These gaps have threatened settlement sustainability. At the same time existing policy instruments have been insufficient to resolve some of the shortcomings in settlement planning and governance. The policy is meant to guide rural and urban settlement development and management for social and economic transformation. The methodology is participatory and involves i) stakeholder (state, civil society, private sector and different categories of citizens/residents and settlement types) engagement, ii) review of policy, law, academic and development literature, and iii) policy write up, validation and finalisation.

  • Project Name country strategy development
  • Client Plan International Zimbabwe
  • Year October 2017 to June
  • Main project features

    Facilitating the development and writing up of the 2019-2023 Plan International Zimbabwe Country Strategy.

  • Project Name porgramme/project evaluations, baseline surveys...research
  • Client Various
  • Year 2013 t0 date
  • Main project features

    1. Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC): End of early phase evaluation of a VSO-UNODC Prison Health Project in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, June-September 2017; 2. Ministry of Finance (Project Management Unit) and African Development Bank: Evaluation of the Zimbabwe Youth and Tourism Enhancement Project, June-August 2017; 3. Ministry of Public Service Zimbabwe & UNICEF: Team Leader for a baseline survey on the situation of children living in Residential Child Care Facilities, June-Sept 2014; 4. Ministry of Public Service Zimbabwe & World Education Inc. Skills Audit of the Departments of Social Services and Child Welfare & Probation Services, Feb-Aug 2014-; 5. International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD): i) Consolidating the impact of Swedish International Training Programmes in Zimbabwe, October 2016-Sept 2017, and ii) Evaluation of Local Women Leaders Programme in Zimbabwe, Dec 2014-March 2015 6. World Food Programme Zimbabwe: Development of a Case Study on the link between Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance, April-July 2017 7. We Effect (WE)/Swedish Cooperative Centre (SCC): i) Rural Housing Study Zimbabwe & Mozambique, November 2017 to April 2018, ii) End Evaluation of Right to Adequate Housing in Southern Africa Programme, March-June 2017, iii) Facilitating regional (Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe) input into the Global Strategy Review, October 2015, iv) Capacity Needs Assessment of Residents Associations, October-November 2013, v) Evaluation of Sida-supported activities at the Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Cooperatives (ZINAHCO), May 2013, vi) Civil Society & issue mapping to develop a Smallholder Agriculture Program, 07/12, vi Rapid Appraisal for establishment of a Pilot Fund for Housing Cooperatives; Kenya and Uganda, 01-02/12,and viii) Evaluation of the Regional Right to Adequate Housing Program in East and Southern Africa (RHESA), Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, 07- 8/011. 8. Homeless International/Reall: i) Final Evaluation of ‘Community-led water delivery for 30 680 slum dwellers and sanitation delivery for 21 520 slum dwellers in Tanzania and Zimbabwe’, September-December 2016, ii) End and Mid-Term Evaluation of the ‘Financial Innovation for Community-Led Urban Land, Housing and Infrastructure Development in Zambia and Malawi with specific WASH aspects], 02/2012 and 07-08/2010, and iii) End-Evaluation of the People’s Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia 02-04/2007, 9. Trocaire: Evaluation of the Civil Society Support Programme in Zimbabwe implemented under Trocaire’s Global Governance and Human Rights Policy & Strategy, Aug-Oct 2016 10 ADRA Zimbabwe: Review and documentation of the Action for Social Change/Community Sustained Development Initiative focusing on civil society strengthening in horticulture policy development, and farmer market integration, June-August 2016; 11. City of Harare, Dialogue on Shelter and Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation: a. End Evaluation of the Harare Slum Upgrading Project (HSUP) 2010 to 2016, July-Aug 2016; b. Mid-term Evaluation of the Harare Slum Upgrading Programme, June-July 2014; 12. Caritas Australia Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Training for Zimbabwe Partners implementing Integrated Community Development Programmes, January-May 2016; 13 Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ), HRT & Chitrest Baseline Survey of WASH and Solid Waste Management in 14 Councils, March-April 2016; 14. Zimbabwe Farmers’ Alliance Trust (ZFAT): Evaluation of EU supported CFU and ZFU service delivery strengthening project, December 2015 to January 2016; 15. IPE-Global: Review of the ACBF Strategic Medium-Term Plan III, May-October 2015; 16. UNICEF Zimbabwe: i) Qualitative Specialist: 14 Small Towns Baseline Survey with direct input into ZIMSTAT-steered Quantitative Component, Dec 2014 to March 2015; ii) National Consultant: Situation Analysis of women and children in Zimbabwe to guide elaboration of the next Country Cooperation Programme (2016-2020), June-Sept 2014, and iii) End Evaluation of the Village register Project, 2006 17. FAO: i) Evaluation of EU-funded Agricultural Coordination (Zimbabwe), Dec 2014-Jan 201, ii) Review of the promotion of conservation agriculture (CA) and coordination of agricultural activities in Zimbabwe (ZIM/907/EC), March-April 2013, and iii) Review of the Agricultural Coordination activities in Zimbabwe (the ACWG), October 2010-March 2011 18. Action Aid International Zimbabwe: i) Gender Responsive Public Services (GRPS) Training for partners, September 2016, ii) Team Leader on a national research on the Impact of Extractives (with a focus on mining) on Women in Zimbabwe, April-June 2015, iii) Team Leader & co-Trainer on Social Accountability study Social Accountability training course for civil society organizations and Councils, Sept-Oct 2014, iv) Team Leader on the Development of an Urban WASH proposal focusing on Bindura, Chipin