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International Advisory Board & Associates

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Kjell Havnevik is senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute and head of the institute's research cluster on Rural and Agrarian Dynamics, Property and Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of Bradford (development studies 1988) and has been working with universities and research institutes in Norway, Sweden and Tanzania. From 1996, he was professor of Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. He has published a number of book and articles on African development issues with special focus on rural development, natural resource management, the strategies of international financial institutions in Africa, and development assistance.

Professor Mandivamba Rukuni (Principal Policy Advisor and Broker): is the Chair of the African Task Force on Land of the Land Policy Initiative (UNECA/AU) from 2011. In terms of background, Mandi is the Founder and Director of the Mandi Rukuni Seminar Group which include the Wisdom Afrika Leadership Academy (WALA). He is also Founder and Trustee of the Barefoot Education Trust for Afrika (BEAT). His most substantive academic work has been in the areas of food security; smallholder irrigation development; agricultural policy; land tenure and community based natural resources management. He has served on several international boards. He was Chairman, Commission of Inquiry into Land Tenure Systems of Zimbabwe, 1993 – 1994. He has published widely.

Robin Palmer is a Professor of Anthropology. He has a B.A. (Hons.) from Durham and an M.A. and a D.Phil. from Sussex – all in Anthropology. His subsequent research projects in the former homelands of the Eastern Cape include: problems confronting the recruitment of black blood donors; the effects of the apartheid policy of homeland consolidation on the small town of Keiskammahoek; the transformation of livelihoods and gender roles in rural communities in the former Ciskei; and the potential of ICTs for rural development. His teaching is not limited to these interests, but also includes Biological Anthropology, Economic and Political Anthropology and the Anthropology of Tourism. Robin is married and has grown-up sons and a daughter who is a student at Rhodes.

Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza is Professor and Acting Director of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is also the holder of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa. He has conducted extensive published research on the land question in South Africa around themes such as land rights, democratisation, rural local government, traditional authorities and land and agrarian movements. His book, Democracy Compromised: Chiefs and the Politics of Land in South Africa was published by Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden in 2005 and the HSRC Press in 2006. His current research interests, apart from land and agrarian questions, include an investigation of African Studies at UCT and a related project on the political and intellectual history of the late Archie Mafeje.

Dr Ammanda Hammar is MSO Professor of African Studies at the Centre of African Studies, Copenhagen University. She is a Zimbabwean who worked extensively in rural development, water resources management and processes of local government reform in Zimbabwe and southern Africa in the 1980s and 90s before she became a researcher and teacher, based in Scandinavia since 1997. Her scholarship has included work on agrarian change, decentralisation, state making, and political economies of displacement. More recently she has begun work on changes in urban governance and citizenship in crisis contexts, with Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as a case study. Her publications include Zimbabwe's Unfinished Business: Rethinking Land, State and Nation (Weaver Press, 2003) co-edited with Brian Raftopoulos and Stig Jensen; and most recently Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity (forthcoming with Zed Press and Nordic Africa Institute).

Dr Godfrey Kanyenze is the Founding Director of the Labour and Economic Development Institute of Zimbabwe. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil.) in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England. He has co-edited Beyond the Enclave: Towards a Pro-Poor and Inclusive Development Strategy for Zimbabwe (2012) and The Search for Sustainable Human Development in Southern Africa (2007) Dr Kanyenze is a member of the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), the Zimbabwe National Productivity Institute and the Tripartite Wages and Salaries Advisory Board.


Prof. Bill Kinsey has over 30 years experience in land reform, resettlement, nutrition and dietetics, agricultural economics, child nutrition. He has worked on several research collaborations with Ruzivo Trust at national, regional and international level.

Prof Paul Hebinck is a sociologist specializing on rural development in Africa. He advises students and carries out joint research with staff at Ruzivo Trust. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience in Africa and worldwide.

Prof. Caroll Themba Khombe is Regional Director of the Institute for Rural Technologies. He has more than 16 years of experience in Agricultural research and rural development. Through the IRT, he has engaged with Ruzivo Trust's research on land and livelihoods in Mangwe district (Matabeleland South Province) among other areas.
Rudo Sanyanga (PhD) is a systems ecologist with vast experience in education and training, research and natural resource management. She has done several consultancies on rural based projects, EIAs, community based natural resources management and dam development.

Patricia Masanganise (Msc) has more than 15 years experience working in the agricultural sector with a focus on food and livelihoods security. She has special interest in food security information systems and the use of livelihoods assessments, using the multi-sectoral approach to identify vulnerable populations with the objective of determining sustainable socio-economic development options.

Cuthbert Kambanje (Msc) A holder of a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics, experienced in project management, community development, social/livelihood protection, rural development and agricultural policy analysis.

Andrew Sibanda: Project manager, team leader, focusing on programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation with national and international development agencies. Research interests include the role of policy and other determinants of economic development, strategic management, and citizen participation in local development.

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