Economic and Social Justice Team Leader- Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa
Highest qualification: MA in Environmental Science, Rhodes University
Ms Madzwamuse is a Team Leader for the Economic and Social Justice (ESJ) Cluster at the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa. In her role she provides financial and operational support to organisations working in the field of development, socio-economic and cultural rights with a focus on adherence to rights-based frameworks, social justice, accountability and good governance. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a substantive strategy which covers programmes on Food Security and Climate Change, Economic Justice, Access to Education and Public Health Rights as well as managing and supervising staff within the cluster.
She has extensive experience in programme development and coordination, sustainable development, rights based approaches to conservation, environmental economics, natural resource management systems, land tenure, adaptive livelihood strategies, gender and environment, sustainable land management as well as social and economic policy.
She previously led the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Botswana Office from 2001 to 2007. She moved to IUCN ROSA as Regional Programme Development Officer, where she stayed until 2008. She then joined UNDP and worked on the TerrAfrica Programme, promoting sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She believes the master's programme will deepen her knowledge on theory and research in this field to complement her skills and experience.