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Lusungu Kanchenche
Co-founder & Partner

Lusungu is an experienced development practitioner with 30 years experience in international development and development administration 16 of which have been in senior leadership roles. 

Her experience in international development work has included managing of programme portfolios covering all countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Uganda, Kenya, as well as Ghana. Lusungu has managed key processes as well a led the conceptualization and management of programme portfolios of varying sizes and complexity.  She worked in the UK Department for International Development (DFID) – now Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) for 17 years, first in the Malawi Country Office in Lilongwe and later in the South Africa Country Office in Pretoria. Her last position at DFID was a Theme Leader and Programme Manager for Global and Regional Issues, which was a portfolio that focused on Growth, jobs, and equity and Peace and Security .

Lusungu has experience of ideation, conceptualisation, and building of institutions. Whilst at DFID she was appointed as Chairperson of a Joint Steering Committee (JSC) that successfully set up a regional and independent non-profit organisation, the Southern Africa Trust.  The role as Chairperson of the JSC included leading and managing a region-wide consultation process in the lead up to the setup of the organisation. She is currently a member of an Advisory Committee of a South African grantmaking association, Inkambu, currently in establishment.

Passionate about youth empowerment and youth leadership, Lusungu has been a facilitator on the US Presidential programme called the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). She has also contributed to the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship programme for Southern Africa as executive liaison.

Lusungu is a holder of an MBA and a BA (Development Administration and Information Science).  She also has certifications in various areas including Global Diplomacy (Diplomacy in the Modern World), Employment Law, Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL), Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, Project Management, Export Office Management, Computer Programming, and Computer Network Management.

Co-founder & Partner
Co-founder & Partner

Lydia is an experienced development practitioner with 22 years experience in development work.  For over 10 years, Lydia has gained extensive experience working with civil society in the SADC region and others outside of the region managing a grants facility.

Her experience includes setting-up grant-making units and grant management systems; planning and implementing grants programmes; grant-making and project management; capacity building of civil society organisations; mapping of civil society organisations; due diligence assessments; grants financial management; monitoring compliance; monitoring and evaluation of projects; relationship building; and partnership development. She has developed a capacity building tool to assess the capacity of civil society organisations. She has also developed a mapping tool to identify new partnerships.

Lydia worked for 8 years with the Royal Danish Embassy in Zimbabwe. There, she was responsible for disbursement of grants to government for national development programmes and grants to civil society organisations. She also managed a scholarship programme that was aimed at building the skills and capacities of civil servants in Zimbabwe.

Lydia is passionate about the upliftment of women and girls in Africa.

Prof Serges Kamga
Senior Associate

Serges Djoyou Kamga is a full Professor of Human Rights law currently working at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs (TMS), University of South Africa (UNISA). Over the past 15 Years Prof Kamga’s work focused on development and human rights, disability rights and gender justice.

 For many years and from various platforms including through the Young African Leadership Initiative programme which a partnership between the USA Government and UNISA, Serges has gained extensive experience in developing curriculum for leadership training, trained young leaders to establish and run civil society organisations successfully. His experience includes training young leaders in the SADC region. Under the auspices of the African Union, he also trained disabled people organisations as well senior government officials on advancing disability rights in Africa.

Prof Kamga sits on various boards and committees in Africa and beyond. As an academic, he is the author/editor/co-editor of 10 books and 70 articles/book chapters all dealing with issues of development and well-being in Africa. He has received several accolades, including the recently awarded 2021 Ali Mazrui Award for scholarship & Research excellence given by the University of Texas at Austin. 

Nina Ghambi
Senior Associate

Nina is a Development Specialist with over twenty-two years of progressive responsible work experience in participatory community program development in rural areas of Malawi and management working with government, civil society institutions and donor agencies.

Her work experience has centred on project and programme management and mentorship of local NGOs and CBOs with special focus on capacity building. She has managed health projects funded by the African Development Bank, World Food Programme, USAID, UNCDF and Plan International. Amongst others at Plan International, she has also managed projects and programmes funded by DFID, Plan Netherlands, Plan Norway.

Nina has vast experience in rights based approaches where she has trained over 100 staff in Plan International in the child centred community development approaches for purposes of children to realize their full potential.

Her work as a mentor at Tilitonse Fund which took her across the whole country, has contributed a lot to the achievement of the Tilitonse Fund governance programme outcomes and results.

Having worked in Malawi for over 35 years, she has experienced a lot of gender injustices in the work place which has contributed to her being an advocate for Violence Against Women and Girls. The biggest challenge being the bad cultural norms and behaviours which still dominate in Malawi, which is purely a patriarchal society.

A mother of three, she has ensured that her three children were all provided with the necessary education. She has five grandchildren whom she greatly values and cherishes.

Moreblessing Mavhika
Associate

Moreblessing Mavhika is a young leader and development practitioner with over 7 years’ experience working with and for several Civil Society Organisations mainly in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Over these years, she has gained skills in project management, policy advocacy and research.

She is a recent holder of a Master Social Science Degree in Development Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa. Born in rural Zimbabwe, she has a strong commitment to social justice and human rights and has held several voluntary positions to advance the rights of young people and women.

An activist at heart, she is passionate about fighting poverty and all forms of inequality. She has represented the voices of women at various platforms and has given her time and effort to the betterment of society. Passionate about seeing her community free from poverty and inequalities, she founded Network for Empowerment of Women and Girls (NEWAG), a women serving nongovernmental organization to address the different challenges and barriers that rural women, especially young women and girls, face in their attempt to access development opportunities. She has a strong interest in research and in the course of her career, has led a number of research projects. Her research interests include civil society and social movements, rural development, gender and youth participation in development processes.

Tanya Ninganga
Associate

Tanya is a women’s empowerment activist and leadership development practitioner with an Honours degree in International Relations and Politics, and currently pursuing a Masters in Personal and Professional Leadership Development.

She has experience in branding and communications, project management as well as research and policy analysis. She is passionate about women’s economic transformation and good governance that fosters Africa’s political, socio and economic development.

She is a founder of She Sparkles, an organization that seeks to empower and encourage women to embrace who they are in their different spheres of influence. 

Agnes Sanyangore
Volunteer

Agnes Sanyangore is a socially conscious young female with a profound passion for advancing human rights through supporting and promoting gender equality and developing sustainable and empowering activities targeting vulnerable key populations, including adolescent girls and young women. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Her enthusiasm in gender and development inspired her to embark on her PHD journey, hoping to use her research to advance human rights, explicitly improving access to reproductive health rights for young women and adolescent girls. She combines extensive skills in research, project management and volunteerism working with young people with disabilities, sex workers and people who inject drugs. She has worked on numerous research projects that targeted young women and adolescent girls in Zimbabwe, Gambia and South Africa, focusing on improving and raising awareness on HIV-AIDS, GBV, TB & STI. Her research skills cover a broad spectrum, including qualitative research and quantitative analysis. She strives to use her graduate experiences, work experiences and research skills to further engage in advocacy work, disseminating knowledge among the most marginalized group of women and girls on gender equality, SRH, HIV and AIDS.  Although she is passionate about reproductive health advocacy and research, she is also diverse and flexible with any work in the development field.

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