ZEPARU carries out research activities that are implemented under two kinds of arrangements, commissioned research (demand driven) and proactive core research (supply driven), with more  emphasis being given on demand-driven analytical work.  

ZEPARU research is based on the following broad thematic areas:

  • Macroeconomic: (Recovery, Reform & Management)
  • Financial Sector Regulation, Development & Micro Finance
  • Regional Trade and Integration
  • Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Economic Governance
  • Value Chains, Value Addition and Diversification
  • Domestic Resource Mobilization
  • Investment & Wealth Creation and Employment Creation
  • Public Finance and Public Sector Reforms
  • SMEs & Private Sector Development
  • Infrastructure, Health & Education Financing
  • Productivity and Competitiveness
  • Sectorial Analysis (Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing &Tourism)
  • Cross Cutting Issues (Climate Change, Poverty Reduction, Gender, Safety Nets