Meet the Student: Keratiloe Mogotsi

Keratiloe Mogotsi

Meet the Student: Keratiloe Mogotsi


Keratiloe MogotsiKeratiloe Mogotsi is a Programme Manager at CAPSI and a PhD student who is passionate about Africanness, research in philanthropy, and helping people across the continent. She says, “In my role, I have travelled the world, explored my continent, and met sisters and brothers from East, West and Southern Africa. By doing my bit to make Africa better, I feel inspired every day.”


Q: Your field of study and what inspired you to take this path 

 A: PhD Management, focusing on African Philanthropy. My study zooms the lens on the processes and management tools pursued by philanthropic organisations in response to disasters in Southern Africa. I utilize the lean thinking methodology to assess opportunities for waste reduction and optimisation of efficiency during disaster response.  

 The past decade has seen an increase in the frequency and magnitude of disasters and with any disaster, there is always an avalanche of philanthropic activity because, as Africans, people and organisations always want to help. But what processes do the philanthropic organisations follow, how efficient and effective are those? Could lean thinking tools from the world of the for-profit sector apply to nonprofit organisations response processes? My study will answer these questions and more. 


Q: What have you learnt or seen that has been vital for your career or that has stood out most for you? 

 A: Collecting data has been a real eye-opener! There are severe gaps between what beneficiaries need assistance with and what is provided by the philanthropic organisations. Civil society organisations and communitybased organisations are in constant search for funding and most often adapt their execution strategies to match what donors are looking for, even though this may not match what their communities need.  I’ve learnt that people are not helpless or hopeless and that there is a need to see beyond the aid given todayI now truly understand the saying, “Don’t give a man fish, but teach him how to fish” – so important in solving the problem and eliminating hunger and dependency. 

 There is a real need for sustainable philanthropy that would help people to help themselves and not create dependency of donationsas the funding space is shrinking. This is an opportunity for me as a project manager and academic to help the third sector organisations in Africa solve root causes and eliminate rather than sustain the problems Africa faces in disaster response. 


Q: How do you think your research will make an impact in the social investment space? 

 A: This research is tailor-made for philanthropic organisations in Southern Africa. It caters for their specific dynamics and they can adopt the model coming from the research to attend to disasters that may affect their region. The model will enable positive change for the next disaster, ensuring that lessons learnt from past disasters are applied and problems rectified, so we can be a more disaster-resilient region.   

 The research is also beneficial to the philanthropic sector worldwide, as it will open doors for similar models to be developed in other geographic areas. It was my commitment to take the first steps and develop research for my home and to put Africa at the forefront of innovation and change in response to the disasters that affect our people. 


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They have supported the planning and establishment of the centre and continue to support our programmes and operations.

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.