ZeipNET projects focus on the following broad sectors:
- Agriculture and Environment
- Social Entrepreneurship
1. Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE)
ZeipNET has been working to strengthen the capacity of policymakers to use research evidence in Zimbabwe. Over the last four years this has been funded as part of the VakaYiko Consortium. This was a project involving five organizations working in three countries: Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Work in a fourth country, Uganda, started in late 2015. This project was funded by UKAID under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme. Consortium members included Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Making Network (ZeipNET), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Parliament of Uganda and INASP. In this project ZeipNET partnered the Parliament of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Youth Development and Ministry of Industry and Commerce to develop these institutions capacity to use evidence. During the project, ZeipNET and INASP developed an Evidence Informed Policymaking Toolkit and successfully piloted it in the identified ministries. This is an adaptable suite of resources created to support evidence informed policymaking by civil servants and technocrats in developing countries.
2. Open Data for Development
ZeipNET Open Data for Development initiative seeks promote and facilitate the use of open data for development, decision making and governance. The Open Data project focus on building high-level policy and public and private institutional support for open data. ZeipNET is a key implementing partner of the Data Lab Tanzania under the project which seeks to create open working space where data from multiple sectors and sources can be combined, processed and shared to drive and implement pro-poor policies.
ZeipNET has also implemented capacity building projects which focused on Open Data for Nutrition and Agriculture. This project was supported by the Global Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). The project focused building skills at (individual, institution, systemic levels) on Open Data in Nutrition in Zimbabwe.
3. Health Rapid Evidence Synthesis Programme
ZeipNET is the local technical partner under the World Health Organisation and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research Programme for the establishment of Rapid Evidence Synthesis Platform. The objective of the project is to develop and embed a platform that responses to the research evidence needs of Ministry of Health policy makers in a timely and efficient manner.
4. Business and Human Rights in the Mining Sector
ZeipNET has also been commissioned by the Zimbabwe Environment Law Association to undertake research and produce the Zimbabwe National Report on the state of Business and Human Rights in the Mining Sector.
5. Social Entrepreneurship Programme
The programme is modelled on the use of innovative novelty approaches to solve social problems. Our social entrepreneurship projects are grounded on solid evidence on what works, where and how. Solid waste management project has been the flagship of our social enterprise project.
6. Research Activities
ZeipNET team also engages in primary research, co-production of systematic reviews, evidence maps and other evidence syntheses products like policy briefs with other research and academic institutes, including engagement of decision-makers and other stakeholders. Cognisant of the rigour associated with health research, what is of strategic interest for ZeipNET currently is to transfer frameworks and other tools that have worked in the health sector into social sciences, particularly in promoting good governance and transformational leadership.