I have endeavoured to study for community work related course to a Masters level with Master of Arts in Political Science, in which I focused at the accountability and transparency of the food security programmes introduced in Malawi from 2004. I also possess a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with concentration in Political Philosophy and Demography and Population Studies. Besides these degree accolades, I also have attended several trainings and workshops, which includes Conflict Resolution and Management, Trainer of Trainers Peer Education, Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enhancement (SSAFE) Why Wait and Partners and Logistics Learning (PALL) trainings hosted by different facilitators.
I have proven leadership experience from where I currently work as an Associate Director, and for once serving as a Southern Region President for a faith-based religious group known as Society of Anglican Students Associate (SASA). I have been involved in senior meetings and participated in critical decision making processes, I have been involved in concept note writing to donors, proposal development and strategic plan development in the position I serve as an Associate Director. I have represented the organization in various forums and marketed the institution to different stakeholders.
Much more, I have a great desire for community development and relief work evidenced by the fact that I started working on a volunteer basis for a Belgian NGO, VWZ Kwasa Kwasa for five years, 2004 to 2009. This was an unpaid volunteer work after I graduated from college. Even though, I served as a lecturer for various institutions, my work extended from the mere four corners of the classroom as I was involved in marketing strategy planning, curriculum development processes, accreditation for the Blantyre International University and extra-curricular activities. It should be pinpointed that I did not swerve from my interest since I also taught research methods and public relations to students pursuing community development degree programmes.
I have comprehensive knowledge and experience for humanitarian work attained from the five years of volunteer work and a year of senior management community development work. I have been responsible for projects with Oxfam, Kindernothilfe (KNH), Management Sciences of Health - BASICS (MSH-BASICS), EngageHIV and several other donors. I have been involved in the programming and reporting processes of the projects mainly of HIV/AIDS and relief.
I have a wide appreciation of ‘Rights Based Approaches’ to development which ensures socio-economic empowerment, community participation and ownership instead of only short-term interventions that only spice up ‘dependency syndromes’ among the beneficiaries. Apart from the fact that I have technical knowledge of the concept, I have also been incorporating the concept in the implementation of all Oxfam projects in Blantyre and Thyolo and KNH Self-Help Group (SHG) projects.
On the issue of 360 degree accountability concept, I believe that the only efficient and effective means of project delivery is when all partners and stakeholders know what is happening and appreciate that no penny has been deviated for other personal gains. My thesis paper bordered along the same concept of public accountability and in WACRAD we ensure that all activities are conducted according to procedures that base of transparency and accountability.
Lastly, I have been vocal in terms of advocacy and campaigning for the vulnerable and underprivileged, especially those in need of basic education. For instance, I gave my heart in the prison education project by negotiating with the prison wardens in Zomba to realize the importance of subject the inmates to education and provision of scholastic materials.