This report is commissioned by Care International for the Zimbabwe Disaster Rapid Response Mechanism (ZDRRM) project in line with international best practices. The purpose of this survey as presented in the Terms of reference was to establish project achievements against the project benchmarks, assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of the project and assess the efficiency of the systems in place (M&E, reporting) and how they are tied to the disaster response flowchart. The End of Project Evaluation Survey was conducted in three phases comprising of (i) Inception Phase (ii) Data Collection Phase and (iii) Data Analysis and Report Writing Phase.
The report finds that the ZDRRM action achieved its set objectives and target results to an extent. Having sought to establish an effective rapid response mechanism to respond to rapid onset emergencies in several provinces in Zimbabwe, Care International in consortium with Plan International and Danish Church Aid successfully established a Rapid Response Management Unit. Through the ZDRRM project, the RRMU addressed gaps, weaknesses and limitations in emergency response in Zimbabwe, ensuring timely response to rapid onset disasters in a context of widespread ongoing slow-onset food insecurity and deepening financial crises. Emergency interventions included the establishment of community and school-based child protection mechanisms, provision of temporary shelters (tents), re-building of damaged infrastructure, providing psycho-social support and capacity building for teachers, as well as establishing temporary learning spaces and child friendly spaces.