Meet the Associate Researcher: Chengete Chakamera

Chengete Chakamera currently works at the Graduate School for Business Administration (Wits Business School), University of the Witwatersrand.  Chengete holds a PhD in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Masters degree (with distinction) and Honours in Economics from Rhodes University, South Africa.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics (first class) from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.

 

Chengete also holds a postgraduate certificate from Vrije University (VU) Amsterdam in Netherlands, focusing specifically on two major areas: Quantitative Financial Risk Management and Real Estate Management. He is a seasoned researcher, educator and consultant.  He has a passion for research and consultancy in the areas of Economic Growth, Infrastructure, Spatial Economics, International Trade, Volatility in Stock Markets, Monetary Policy and Investments.

 

Q: What are you researching and what inspired you to take this path? 

I am conducting research projects concerning the scope and size of philanthropy in Africa. My initial research focused on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that is undertaken by multinational corporations in Africa. From this research, a journal article titled, “Analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility of the African ‘Internationalisers’ versus Non-African founded MNCs” was published in the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment journal.

 

The current research seeks to map philanthropic organisations in Malawi, DRC and Namibia. Among the objectives, we want to understand their sizes and philanthropic activities. I was inspired by CAPSI’s goal to bridge the gap in the study, research and practice of philanthropy and social investment in Africa. Lack of knowledge and an official database regarding indigenous philanthropic organisations and what they do are major concerns. I want to be part of the team that produces this knowledge and give a better context of philanthropy from an African perspective.

 

Q: What have you learnt or seen that has been vital to your career?

I have learnt the importance of transdisciplinary research. While economics is my primary discipline, I have seen through CAPSI projects that my economics and econometric knowledge could be integrated into the area of philanthropy and social investment.

 

Q: What is the potential impact of your research in the social investment space? 

By revealing the scope and sizes of indigenous philanthropy in African countries, my research will potentially attract more funding towards the social investment space. On the side of beneficiaries, at the moment, many potential beneficiaries seek funding but they do not know appropriate philanthropic organisations to approach. This research will make more information available to them and other various stakeholders.

 

Q: What has stood out most for you in your career?

What has stood out from my current research is that it is very difficult to obtain information from several indigenous philanthropic organisations in Africa. Most of them are not willing to share their information and for some, it is even difficult to identify them as they do not have official websites or are officially registered. As a result, their work on the ground remains unknown.

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Their invaluable work includes providing grants, investing in individuals through fellowships, and challenging inequalities through civic engagement, creativity, free expression and more.

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Susan Maposa

With 22 years of professional experience in Africa and Asia, Susan Maposa has developed a wide range of skills and expertise in the fields of philanthropy and social development.

This has established her as a leader in her work with multilateral and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and universities as well as consultancy firms. Her experience includes programme conceptualisation, design, management, implementation, evaluation and documentation.

She describes herself as a “pracademic”, and is passionate about working across the field of theory and development practice building one into the other. Read Susan’s complete bio and an excerpt from her research project.

Wycliffe Nduga Ouma

Wycliffe Nduga Ouma is a PhD candidate and a Research Assistant at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg.

Mr. Nduga has worked as a Research Associate with the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, a Central Bank of Kenya Research Institute mainly concerned with the Monetary Policy, Exchange Rates Movements, and Balance of Payments. He has also consulted and conducted training on Financial Markets and Investments for Organizations such as Knight Frank Commercial and Residential Properties in Kenya. He was part of the broad team that conducted research and wrote the Integrated Economic and Development Plan (Document) for Turkana County, a regional government authority in Kenya.

For the better part of 2017, Mr. Nduga consulted in the Finance and Accounts Department for the Italian Chamber of Trade and Industry, Johannesburg. Currently, alongside the PhD dissertation, Mr. Nduga assists in Teaching and Facilitation of the Financial Investments Decisions for the MBA students, Finance and Accounting, Financial Risk Management, Research on the Connection Between Finance and Corporate Philanthropy, and advising on research and classwork for MBA and Master students at the Wits Business.

He has a passion for research and consultancy in the areas of Financial Markets, Financial Risk Modelling, Investments and International Trade.

Keratiloe Mogotsi

Pan Africanist, pracademic, researcher, lean six sigma coach, project management professional and African Philanthropy Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand — Keratiloe Mogotsi does it all.

She is currently a lecturer here at the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at the Wits Business School. Her research areas include disaster philanthropy in Africa, venture philanthropy, African philanthropy and philanthro-capitalism in Africa.

As someone who is passionate about the continent and its people, she uses her skills as an educator and coach to excel in everything that she does.

Alan Fowler

As a co-founder and long-time associate of INTRAC, Alan Fowler’s professional life has seen many changes. From being an Organisational Development Advisor, Foundation Programme Officer and Researcher, he is now an academic as he serves as an honorary professor and Chair in African Philanthropy, a role the first of its kind, at the Wits Business School. 

A career spanning some forty years devoted to civic agencies and NGOs has produced eleven books and dozens of papers about their role in international development, as well as numerous capacity building materials, conference presentations, lectures, and seminars. Combining theory and practice as a ‘pracademic’ continues as the thread in his contribution to citizen-driven social justice.

Bhekinkosi Moyo

Dr Bheki Moyo is a writer, author, researcher and thought-leader with keen interest in questions of African resources, democracy and governance.

In addition to championing the African discourse on philanthropy, he has contributed to the growth of many African civil society formations and participated in most African processes of development and governance.

Over the course of his career, he has written extensively about African philanthropy, civil society, and governance. Additionally, he has extensive experience in leadership, management, and strategic roles.

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Thandi Makhubele

Thandi Makhubele, the current Programme Manager (Acting) at CAPSI, joined us from the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) where she worked for twelve years in various departments, including TV News and Current Affairs and Supply Chain and Legal services.

She holds an Honours Degree in International Relations and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Security at the Wits School of Governance with a focus on Philanthropy and Women’s development.

In addition to volunteering with Hand of Compassion, providing help to young pregnant women and displaced women, she hopes to bring her passion for human development, security, and creativity to the Centre.