Institutional Background

The Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) is a think tank whose mandate is to conduct research and policy analysis to inform public policy. The think tank was established under The Societies Act Chapter 119 of the Laws of Zambia in 2006 and became operational in 2009.

ZIPAR was established by a joint agreement between the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In accordance with the Government Gazette Notice No. 836 of 2016, ZIPAR was reclassified as a Grant-aided Institution under the Ministry of National Development Planning.

The Institute supports Government, the Private Sector, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders by providing evidence-based policy advice. 

ZIPAR also promotes policy dialogue between the Government and a wide range of stakeholders, facilitating an inclusive process in the planning and management of economic affairs. To leverage its work, ZIPAR engages in strategic collaborations with like-minded institutions, including academic institutions, policy analysis and research think tanks, the media and advocacy agencies. ZIPAR has key partnerships with both local and international organisations.

Institutional Insights

Vision & Mission
In order to achieve its Vision, ZIPAR has committed itself to pursuing the following Mission as its fundamental purpose for its continued existence. ZIPAR will strive to respond to the changing environment and needs of stakeholders in the provision of analysis and research services that influence public policy. In doing so, the Institute will set itself to become an internationally recognized Think Tank.
Vision Statement
A dynamic Think Tank of international repute influencing public policy.
Mission Statement
To champion quality public policy by conducting credible analysis and research for sustainable development.

Functions & Objectives

Specific functions of ZIPAR:

  1. Policy analysis and research;
  2. Policy dialogue and advocacy; and
  3. Policy capacity building and training

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Promote evidence-based policies;
  2. Improve service delivery;
  3. Enhance internal business processes;
  4. Enhance Human Capital;
  5. Improve institutional capacity;
  6. Improve financial sustainability


ZIPAR is headed by an Executive Director supported by a Senior Research Fellow and Eight (8) Unit Heads, - i.e., Six (6) Research Fellow – 1’s, a Knowledge Manager, and a Finance and Administration Manager who together form Management. The Management superintend over the day-to-day operations of the Institute and execution of the mandate.

 Pamela Nakamba Kabaso

Executive Director - Dr P. Nakamba


Snr Research Fellow - Mr. C. Cheelo


Research Fellow I - Mr. S. Nalishebo


Research Fellow I - Mr. F. Mwenge


Research Fellow I - Dr. B. Tembo


Research Fellow I - Mr Z. Chikuba


Knowledge Manager - Mrs. E. Illunga

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Finance & Admin Manager - Mrs Ophelia Nyambe


ZIPAR is governed by a Steering Committee composed of 10 members of high credence, representing Government, private sector, civil society academia and professional bodies. The Steering Committee provides strategic direction and oversees the operations of ZIPAR. The Steering Committee has three Sub-Committees as follows:

  1. The Audit and Risk Sub-Committee – oversees and provides advice on matters relating to internal and external audit and risk management and as appropriate make recommendations to the Steering Committee.
  2. The Finance and Administration Sub-Committee – oversees and provides advice on all financial, human resources and administrative matters and as appropriate make recommendations to the Steering Committee.
  3. The Technical Sub-Committee – oversees and provides advice on matters pertaining to policy analysis and research, capacity building as well as advocacy and knowledge sharing and as appropriate, make recommendations to the Steering Committee.

Some of Our Cooperating Partners

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Institutional Brief


ZIPAR is a Grant-aided institution under the Ministry of National Development and Planning.

Working towards the fomulation of sound public policies.


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