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Mr. Opa Kapijimpanga

opa kapijimpanga webMr. Kapijimpanga is the Founder and Chairman of AFRODAD’s Board of Directors. As a development practitioner with many years of experience in development work Mr. Opa has served in Government, Development Banking, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Support, NGOs and donor organizations. His practice includes vast knowledge in project and program evaluations and impact analysis. As a semi-academician he has contributed to several high level discussions through publications and presentations.

His work experience include contributions to the Zambian Government in the Ministry of Economic and Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Finance (Budget section), National Commission for Development Planning, Development Bank of Zambia, Small Scale Enterprises Promotion Limited, Canadian Universities...Read More


Mrs. Barbra Kalima

Barbra Kalima Phiri

Mrs. Kalima has several years of experience working in the local, regional and international policy analysis and advocacy field. She also worked as the Special Advisor to the President of the African Monitor, Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane. She has worked for various organizations including African Monitor and Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) as a Policy analyst.

Currently Mrs. Kalima is the Senior Regional Advisor - Advocacy & Justice for Children at World Vision International, South Africa.

She holds a Master of Arts in Economics, University of Botswana and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Development studies from the University of Zambia....Read More

Prof. Edward Oyugi

Edward Oyugi

Edward Oyugi is a University Professor as well as the Coordinator of the Social Development Network (SODNET) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is deeply involved in a number of civil society initiatives including the World and African Social Forum. Prof. Oyugi holds a PhD in Psychology and Pedagogy from the University of Cologne, Germany and post-doctoral training from University of Cologne, Germany and University of Bayreuth, Germany.

He has held senior academic and research positions in several universities such as Kenyatta University, Bayreuth University (Germany), University of Heidelberg, (Germany), United States International University, Kenya and Tangaza College, Kenya....Read More

Dr. Fred Muhumuza
Fred Muhumuza

Dr. Muhumuza is a Ugandan national with a PhD from the University of Manchester. He has been involved in development policy research, analysis, formulation and review for over twenty years, with a parallel teaching career at Makerere University, Nkumba University, and African Bible University. He has undertaken assignments in public policy as a researcher and practitioner, as well as capacity building for Parliament, Civil Society and Private Sector.

From 2006 to 2014, he worked as Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Uganda. Prior to that, Muhumuza worked as a Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Centre. He has also worked as Senior Manager at KPMG Uganda and with the Financial Sector Deepening Uganda....Read More


Dr. Richard Kamidza

Richard KamidzaDr. Richard Kamidza is a Zimbabwean national based in Durban, South Africa. He holds a PhD in development studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal South Africa, adding to an MA in Policy Studies from Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies (SAPES).

He has more than 20 years familiarity and working experience of Regional Economic Integration processes in Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions and Southern African Customs Union. He also has more than 14 years of experience in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations between the European Union (EU), and the East and Southern Africa (ESA), EAC and SADC configurations: researching, building stakeholders’ technical capacity, and convening and/or participating in policy dialogue...Read More

Dr. Tinenenji Banda

Tinenenji BandaDr. Tinenenji Banda is a Zambian national who holds a Doctor of Science in Laws degree from the University of Cornell Law School. She is a legal research scholar and dual-qualified legal practitioner with expertise in mining law, community based natural resource management, international investment law and access to justice; solid experience in designing and executing qualitative research protocols. She is a Lecturer, School of Law University of Zambia, Lusaka, in Legal Process, Legal writing, Commercial Law I & II, International Investment Law, Refugee Law. She is also a Research Fellow and Associate Director – Legal, Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) where she manages SAIPAR’s law programs and supervises legal research projects.

She has played a key role in various research and contributed knowledge in the following areas: Value Works: ...Read More

Mr. João José Uthui

MozambiqueMr. João José Uthui is a Mozambican national who holds a Master degree in Philosophy from St.Thomas University, Mozambique.  As a civil society development worker and activist he has contributed to knowledge in the following areas: Mozambican experiences on land law reforms, experiences on the management & legal assistance for land access, experiences in land law dissemination processes and land conflicts resolving processes in Mozambique. 



Dr. Fanwell Kenala

dr fanwell BOKOSIDr. Fanwell Kenala Bokosi is the Executive Director at AFRODAD since November 2014; he is responsible for the overall development and delivery of the organisation’s policies and programmes. He also served as the Policy Advisor (Economic Governance and Development) for AFRODAD between December 2009 and January 2013. Dr BOKOSI holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Kent (UK) as well as a BSc and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Malawi.
As the Executive Director of AFRODAD, a Pan-African organisation that operates in 23 countries in the continent, he is responsible for the implementation of policies set by the Board of Trustees as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, programme and administrative management of the organisation. ...Read More


Annah Mushunje

annaAnnah Mushunje brings in vast experience in the finance and administration area. She is currently AFRODAD's Finance and Administration Manager. Annah previously worked for AFRODAD in the Finance Department as the Finance Officer from October 2014 to September 2015. She has worked in both private and Non-Governmental Organisations. She worked for organisations like Paper Co-Holdings and Women and AIDS Support Network where she was the finance and Administration Officer.
She holds a Bsc Honours Science degree in Applied Mathematics from NUST and a Diploma in Chartered Secretaries and Administrators with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Zimbabwe (ICSAZ). She is currently studying towards her ACCA qualification. ..Read More



Bright Masikati

brightBright Masikati is a Policy Researcher under the Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) Portfolio. He assists the Policy Analyst in the execution of research, advocacy and other processes that define the work of the Portfolio in line with the AFRODAD Strategic Plan. Prior to joining AFRODAD, Bright worked with Young Voices Network (YVN) as the Programmes Officer where he coordinated the implementation of various youth-based projects and acquired vast experience in development programming, research, advocacy and monitoring and evaluation. He also worked with CATCH Zimbabwe as a Case Management officer and Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant...Read More




 Fadzai Bhila

fadzai afrodadFadzai Bhila is an Assistant Accountant at Afrodad. She joined the organisation in April 2017.  She previously worked for Youth Alive Zimbabwe and City of Mutare in their finance departments. She holds a Bachelors degree of Accounting from Africa University and is currently studying towards her ACCA qualification...Read More






Fidélité Nshimiyimana

niceFidélité Nshimiyimana is a seasoned innate communicator who holds a Master’s Degree in Communication for Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Daystar University.
She has worked for a number of development organizations such as the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN); Christian Blind Mission (CBM); African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) among others.
Fidélité is multilingual (English, French, Swahili and other local languages) and she likes exploring new and better ways of working. She says “I am very convinced that AFRODAD is one of the best and professional organizations in Africa and I am proudly associated with it”...Read More



 Emmanuella Matare

emmanuallaEmmanuella Matare, is Policy Analyst for DRM (Tax Justice, Extractives and Illicit Financial Flows). She is responsible for the implementation of activities within the portfolio through policy research and advocacy in line with the AFRODAD Strategic Plan. Prior to joining AFRODAD, Emmanuella worked as  Research Economist with the USAID Strategic Economic Research and Analysis (SERA) Program (Zimbabwe) for 5years where she acquired vast knowledge and experience in evidence based socio-economic policy development, economic governance, training and monitoring and evaluation. Earlier, she worked for the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) as a Researcher Writer, CARE International in Zimbabwe as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the University of Zimbabwe as a Graduate Teaching Assistant....Read More



Taurai Chiraerae

tirivanganTaurai Chiraerae is the Policy Analyst in the International Public Finance (IPF) Thematic Area. His roles are to provide policy intelligence and to coordinate the IPF portfolio policy inputs, research, campaigning and advocacy; ensuring that AFRODAD policy products are usable at national, regional and international levels. Taurai has served the organisation at various levels for more than four years as Programmes intern, Programmes Consultant on Debt Profiles, Programmes Research Assistant for Debt and Development Aid issues and Programmes Officer for Domestic Debt Taurai has experience in lobby and advocacy having represented AFRODAD and advanced its mandate at various forums and platforms....Read More



Tirivangani Mutazu

tirivanganiTirivangani Mutazu is the Senior Policy Analyst responsible for the Debt Management Thematic Area. The key objective of this portfolio is to contribute to finding sustainable solutions to the African debt crisis and the aversion of future debts. Under this portfolio Tiri takes the lead on issues around responsible borrowing, fair and transparent arbitration debt mechanism and publicly supported private finance Tiri has vast experience on debt issues having joined AFRODAD as Programme Assistant in 2000. Since then, he has been working in research and advocacy teams campaigning for debt arbitration, inclusive loan contraction processes, unconditional cancellation of illegitimate and odious debts, development debt swaps, impact of HIPC debt relief initiatives, PRSPs, and prudent debt management by...Read More



Vanessa Jaravaza

vaneVanessa Jaravaza is AFRODAD's Administrative Assistant. She joined the organisation in September 2016. In this role Vanessa will contribute to the achievement of AFRODAD mission and goals by providing strategic management and technical support in the development and implementation of human resources systems, policies and procedures; overseeing and coordinating the provision of efficient administrative and Prior to joining AFRODAD, Vanessa worked for companies in the advertising and media industry as well as Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries. She has a marketing background and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM)....Read More



The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) is a civil society organization established in 1996 as a regional platform and organization for lobbying and advocating for debt cancellation and addressing other debt related issues in Africa.

Over the years, AFRODAD has worked and re-positioned itself as an instrumental and key player in influencing policy makers in national governments and their institutions at regional and global levels. AFRODAD’s focus has encompassed the use of economic resources for development.

AFRODAD activities majorly focus on Debt Management, Development Aid, and Economic Governance. It has used research, advocacy, networking and capacity building as key strategies in its programme and institutional development work. Below are enumerated milestones and success stories as witnessed over the years.

2016 Milestones

  • Strengthening of the extractive industry revenue management through: capacitating Members of Parliament on revenue management and Natural Resource Governance in Swaziland and through the 2016 Summer School attended by Members of Parliament from South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia. Informed parliamentarians have been able to perform their roles in parliament on issues to do with governance of natural resources.
  • Identification and selection of AFRODAD as the main presenter during trainings (Summer schools) of members of parliament on Natural Resource Governance in Southern Africa.
  • Domestication of Africa Mining Vision. A broad consensus among multi-level stakeholders at the Pan-African level, national governments, civil society, Mineral companies and the private sector on the importance of a continental Mineral sector governance framework based on the Africa Mining Vision (AMV).
  • Stimulation and fostering of a collaborative relationship between state and non-state actors, particularly African civil society, at the continental, regional and national levels for civic oversight over the governance of Mineral sectors.
  • Contribution to advocacy efforts for the adoption of the Nairobi Outcome document of the Global partnership for effective development co-operation from the Second High Level Meeting on Aid effectiveness held in 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • AFRODAD developed Aid profiles for Africa that have given status of African debt using the African Union Commission classifications.
  • AFRODAD successfully secured funds to do Privatization research work in 10 SADC countries in 2017 following its production of a policy briefing titled “Public Private Partnerships of Health and Education sectors; Are the poor in the Analogy?” which noted that government should continue to provide basic health and education services to its people and embrace private participation in these sector with a regulatory eye.

2015 Milestones

  • AFRODAD research and publications have been widely used by researchers in different countries. The analysis has also been used by governments including the government of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania. 
  • AFRODAD is recognised as a leading African institution on debt and development by the UNDP, NEPAD and the African Union at continental level as well as by global networks on debt and development with whom AFRODAD has organised joint activities and/or has been called to participate in high level meetings and panels.
  • AFRODAD’s work on Aid Effectiveness has been recognised globally as well as regionally. AFRODAD is a member of the global coalition on AID Effectiveness. At regional level, AFRODAD cooperated with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency in hosting African meetings on AID effectiveness and coming up with the Africa Position. AFRODAD was also part of the United Nations (UN) high level panel on Aid effectiveness.
  • AFRODAD successfully launched a programme to promote domestic resource mobilisation through tax justice and extractive industries.
     It has successfully steered itself from a network of partners to a research hub working with organizations at local and international level and successfully created internal capacity to do research.
  • AFRODAD has gained globally recognition and is part of the global technical working groups to identify the best debt arbitration mechanisms.

2014 Milestones

  • There has been improved and reliable source for Research and a reliable source for advocacy messages for CSOs through AFRODAD’s compilation and updating of 30 African countries debt profiles and disseminating Debt Profile Reports on various fora.
  • Better understanding of the AFRODAD’s Borrowing Charter principles as a result of its launch in Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland and Kenya.
  • Improved understanding on Policy Advice on the necessary and required interventions for better sustainability outcomes and improved
  • Transparency and Accountability by the Southern African Governments in Loan contraction and Debt Management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. This has been achieved through updating of domestic debt profile Reports for Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Mozambique, Lesotho and Angola
    United Nations considered establishment of fair and transparent arbitration mechanism (FTAM) on sovereign debt through calling for the creation of a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring. among countries. This was possible through AFRODAD’s work and demands on an international debt-workout framework.
  • Establishment of in country dialogue on policy framework for publicly supported private finance in Africa through AFRODAD’s organised policy dialogue on Publicly Supported Private Financing (PSPF).
  • The Zambian government and private sector committed to improve accountability, transparency on PSPF investments and to improve the existing regulatory and institutional framework that governs PSPF. This follows the establishment of in country dialogue on policy framework for publicly supported private finance
  • There has been more amplification of CSOs demand on African governments to reduce the financing gap that most African countries are experiencing. This was made possible through increase in knowledge amongst civil society on the implications of illicit flows
  • AFRODAD became a lead author of a chapter in the United Nations Development cooperation report for 2014.
  • Improved relationship between AFRODAD and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Zimbabwe which has acknowledged its valuable work and shares the same view on some of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issues.
  • Resolution by the Zambian Government Officials to advance effective oversight on public finance and promote principles of responsible borrowing in the country through the entrenchment of a clear legal framework/an Act of Parliament that enhances the oversight role of the Parliament.
  • Improved oversight, transparency and accountability by the Ugandan and Namibian government in loan contraction and debt management processes.
  • AFRODAD’s work has been recognized by New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the African Union (AU) which invited the organization to make presentations at various meetings including at the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) summit.
  • AFRODAD’s was contracted by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on behalf of the NEPAD Agency to develop the African Mutual Accountability Report to help strengthen Africa’s capacities in the development of domestic and mutual accountability systems and institutions

2013 Milestones

  • The AFRODAD’s engagement with African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) made it possible for them to monitor development aid from the emerging lenders and also monitor the implementation of such agreements.
  • AFRODAD’s work in Tanzania saw the Tanzanian parliament resolve on facilitation of debates focused on public debt in parliamentary sessions. Constitutional reforms were also informed by the AFRODAD Borrowing Charter and findings of the Domestic Debt study. All this follows AFRODADS research study on Tanzania domestic debt.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding among members of the public on government debts following translation of AFRODAD’s study report on domestic debt into Swahili and being shared to the wider Tanzanian public.
  • AFRODAD's Borrowing Charter was used in Liberia, a country emerging from conflict as model in country reforms it financial system. This underscored the significance of the charter as an important public finance management tool.
  • Sussex University has AFRODAD publications in its library. This exposes AFRODAD research and positions to a global pool of students and academicians.
  • Improved information exchange through joint CSOs strategizing and lobbying for policy demands and exchange of best practices as well as building capacities on the issue of debt and with a wide publications distribution of close to a 1000 copies. 
  • Raised awareness amongst African policy makers on best practices and guidelines on responsible borrowing. More knowledge and better understanding on Monetary and Financial Affairs on principles and guidelines of prudent sovereign borrowing and loan contraction with the use of AFRODAD’s Borrowing. This follows the launch of AFRODAD’s Borrowing Charter in the Pan African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa and its production in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili languages.
  • AFRODAD has been elected as the Southern African Regional representative to the Global Accountability Cluster Committee. This is due to its active participation in the aid effectiveness trajectory
  • The organization successfully coordinated the establishment of the Zimbabwe Network Against Illicit Flows (ZiNAIF) that comprises of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), Transparency International Zimbabwe (T I - Z), t h e Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt  and Development (ZIMCODD) and AFRODAD. The Network has a huge impact in influencing and stirring up debate on illicit financial flows from Zimbabwe.
  • AFRODAD’s efforts on policy change saw the commitment of renegotiation of Kayelekera Uranium mine mining contract between the Government of Malawi with Paladin Energy, owners of Kayelekera Uranium mine. This follows research findings and policy recommendations from AFRODAD’s commissioned research in 2012 and a report published in 2013 on the Revenue Costs and Benefits of Foreign Direct Investment in the Extractive Industry in Malawi.
  • Renewed development of and discussion on alternative models of domestic debt management in at least one country. The Government of Zimbabwe established a Debt Management office as part of broad reforms to improve the conduct of debt management in the country.
  • Enhanced and collaborative partnerships between AFRODAD and its partner organizations. MOUs with other CSOs were prepared after AFRODAD received letters of interest from each of the respective organizations. By coordinating with other Civil Societies, AFRODAD now has a means to carry forward lobby and advocacy activities at local level in the respective countries.
  • Training of Members of parliament of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya and Swaziland on their role in government borrowings to effectively play their oversight role on government borrowing.


Research and Evidence Based Advocacy: Through acquiring knowledge, AFRODAD influences policies and strategies of governments and intergovernmental institutions, donors and development partners. AFRODAD also collaborates with partner organisations, academia and other civil society organizations at regional and country levels to develop synergies and mobilize broad based support to influence policies and practices at national, regional and global levels.

Lobby and Advocacy: AFRODAD works in collaboration with other networks from within Africa and beyond in promoting the ongoing campaign for sustainable debt.  At Africa-wide and international levels, AFRODAD lobbies for among others; the establishment of Fair and Transparent Arbitration Mechanism on sovereign debts; Reforms to the international aid and financial architecture and their institutions, and Responsible Lending and Borrowing. Policy change is the primary focus at national, sub regional, regional and international levels on issues of debt and economic justice.

Networking and partnerships To increase the capacity to perform the role of a Forum and Network, AFRODAD works with both regional and national networks in its research, advocacy and lobbying activities.  AFRODAD mobilises and facilitates the building of debt groups/coalitions by NGOs, civil society and individuals in Africa to discuss current and emerging issues and develop common positions especially on Debt and Aid issues.

Information and Communication: Based on research findings, information is packaged for different audiences for use in education, advocacy and policy formulation towards sustainable development.


A prosperous Africa based on an equitable and sustainable development.


To contribute to Africa’s inclusive economic growth and sustainable development through influencing policy change on debt management and development finance anchored on rights based approaches.


To influence African Governments to institute and implement policies and practices for sustainable development and eradication of poverty.


Thematic Focus Area 1: Domestic Resource Mobilisation

Thematic Goal: To contribute to the development and implementation of transparent, accountable and efficient mechanisms for mobilization and utilization of domestic resources in Africa

  • Strategic Objective 1: To advocate for a fair and effective tax system for financing development in Africa.
  • Strategic Objective 2: To contribute to the strengthening of extractive industries revenue management in Africa.
  • Strategic Objective 3: To advocate for and mobilise support for formulation and implementation of rules and regulations to tackle Illicit Financial Flows from Africa

Thematic Focus Area 2: Debt Management

Thematic Goal: To contribute to the development and implementation of sustainable debt policies and practices in Africa

  • Strategic Objective 1: Improved government transparency and accountability on public debt borrowing
  • Strategic Objective 2: Contribute to the establishment of a fair and transparent international sovereign debt restructuring mechanism
  • Strategic Objective 3: To strengthen inclusive, transparent and accountable public debt borrowing and loan contraction processes.
  • Strategic Objective 4: To influence the effective management buy Vardenafil of public domestic debt resources by African governments

Thematic Focus Area 3: International Public Finance

Thematic Goal: To influence the quality, impact and effectiveness of international public finance, in line with the agreed development cooperation effectiveness principles.

  • Strategic Objective 1: Development Effectiveness: To influence African governments and development partners to implement development effectiveness principles and practices.
  • Strategic Objective 2: Emerging lenders: To enhance the capacity of governments to understand and engage on implications of public finance from emerging sources, and monitor its development on poverty reduction 
  • Strategic Objective 3: To build capacity to understand the implications and develop frameworks of Publicly Supported Private Finance and Public Private Partnerships that contributes to sustainable development


  1. Accountability and Transparency: AFRODAD shall be transparent and accountable in its operations and work, and in the ways of obtaining and use of resources.
  2. Diligence: AFRODAD shall be guided by industriousness and hard work in its conduct, and shall persevere in its pursuit of a prosperous Africa.
  3. Gender Sensitivity: AFRODAD shall provide equal opportunities to both male and female, and where necessary shall take deliberate steps to promote the interest of women in order to realize an equal socio-economic status with men in society.
  4. Impartiality: AFRODAD shall conduct its work with objectivity, neutrality, impartiality, fairness and factual accuracy, detachment from personal views, and in a balanced manner without bias.
  5. Integrity: AFRODAD shall conduct itself with sincerity, honesty, truthfulness and completeness, and act in ways that shall ensure trustworthiness and reliability.
  6. Professionalism: AFRODAD shall set and enforce standards in the work it undertakes, and shall be guided by the will to serve the people of Africa.
  7. Solidarity: AFRODAD shall work in partnership with others to promote an Africa that is free from poverty and where development gains are shared equitably among all.

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