The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA) was established in 2004, however due to the prolonged economic and social challenges that the country faced, the majority of members migrated to neighbouring countries and the association withered. Zimbabwe is recovering from a decade of economic and social challenges and there is great need for quality evaluations to support evidence based policies and decision making. Local opportunities for capacity development in evaluation practice, information sharing and networking remain limited.

The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association was re-launched on the 3rd of October 2013. During the launch meeting, a committee of 15 was tasked to spearhead the setting up of ZEA. The committee, with secretariat support from UNICEF, successfully developed a constitution, registered ZEA as a Trust, opened a bank account, developed a three year strategy for the association, opened registration for membership and presided over the election of a new board in December 2014.

The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association seeks to act in ways that embody our mission, vision, and values in pursuit of our defined policies and goals.

Mission Statement

To promote an enabling environment for evaluation, build evaluation competences and strengthen the utilization of evaluation in Zimbabwe.

Our Vision

A Zimbabwe with a culture of quality evaluation that contributes to improved lives and conditions for citizens.


To promote practices that will ensure that:

Programmes are evaluated

Evaluations are credible

Evaluation findings are used to inform policies/ development interventions

Evaluation contributes to sustainable development


We are dedicated to what we do and we deliver on our promises


We are dedicated to what we do and we deliver on our promises


Consistently meet and exceed standards


Acting honestly and reliably in all we do


Skill, expertise and proficiency in all we do


Openness, communication and accountability in all our engagements



ZEA pays particular attention to issues of diversity and encourages equitable representation of all population sub-groups as well as regional representation. In its membership recruitment and retention drive, ZEA ensures members include both evaluators and evaluation managers.


Added Partnerships

United Nations Children’s Fund

African Capacity Building Foundation

United States Agency for International Development

Netherlands Development Organization