ZEPARU has supported short-term and long-term (Masters and PhD levels) training. To date, ZEPARU has sponsored 25 Officers from the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority; President’s Office and RBZ to pursue part time MSc Programme in Economics at the University of Zimbabwe.
ZEPARU also sponsored two Staff Development Fellows from the University of Zimbabwe’s Economics Department to pursue PhD programme at the University of Cape Town and they graduated in June 2010 and December 2012. In addition, four other Senior Economists from the Ministry of Finance and RBZ were also funded to undertake PhD studies in Economics at South African Universities.
In addition to the above long-term programmes, ZEPARU runs a series of short-term courses to fulfill its mandate of building sustainable capacity for economic policy research and analysis. Some of the short-term courses included:
- Engendering National Budgets funded by the UNDP under the GEPMI programme. The 12 module course was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, with financial support from UNDP. The GEPMI programme targeted middle and senior level government policy makers, parliamentary staff and civil society organizations with hands-on skills, enabling them to address critical gender issues in all aspects of economic planning and management;
- Economic Management and Policy Analysis training for Government officials, including a course on Financial Programming held from 3 – 14 December 2012 in Harare;
- Trade Law and Policy for Zimbabwe’s Regional Trade Agenda,
- Macroeconomic Forecasting, and
- Training of government officials on various Economic related issues through regional bodies like ESAMI and TRAPCA between 2011 and 2015.