Evaluation of ECHO funded operations in Zimbabwe during 2002 and 2003

Global objective:

To assess the appropriateness of ECHO’s actions in Zimbabwe since 2002, to establish whether they have achieved their objectives and to produce recommendations for improving the strategy, priorities and effectiveness of future operations in the country

Specific objectives:

To have an independent structured evaluation of the ECHO funded actions in Zimbabwe - relevance,

impact, effectiveness, efficiency and, if appropriate, sustainability- and of the way these results have been achieved.


Since June 2002, ECHO had funded a multi-sector programme towards the improvement of food security, recovery of water and sanitation systems and improvement of the health and nutrition status of the population in Zimbabwe. Given the context of the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, ECHO’s assistance had increased tremendously over 2003 in responding to requests from partners. Because of lacking humanitarian information systems in Zimbabwe there were concerns whether ECHO’s assistance was properly directed, both in terms of priority needs and also in the context of what other humanitarian donors were doing. Furthermore, the difficult working environment of Zimbabwe appeared to point to operations that have significantly varying spans of control with insufficient assurances that financial assistance is optimally translated into actual benefits for the beneficiaries.

The evaluation covered the sectors nutrition, health, water and sanitation, as well as food security. The recommendations developed by the expert team were incorporated into the recent ECHO Humanitarian Aid Decision.

  • Team leader ;
  • Coordination of the mission, briefing, work schedule and reporting;
  • Covering general issues in the Public Health sector;
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Policy studies, technical studies, operation studies.