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Patience Mutopo, Manase Chiweshe

A Rights Based Approach to Reproductive Health in Zimbabwe: The Case of Adolescent Girls

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Manase Kudzai Chiweshe, Patience Mutopo

Patience Mutopo is currently a PhD Research fellow, with the Cologne African Studies Centre, University of Cologne, Germany. Her research interests focus on gender, land rights, bio fuel production, agricultural value chains health and agro ecosystems. She is a member of the Legal Empowerment of the Poor coordinated by the Department of Environment and Development at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Centre for Human rights. Patience has expertise in reproductive human rights issues in Africa specifically focusing on adolescent girls. Her region of focus is Southern Africa.

Anyway, Patience and David succeeded in convincing the selection committee for the Foundation’s very first funding initiative for postdoctoral fellowships in the social sciences in Africa. They are among the eight successful applicants who will now receive funding for their own independent research projects over the coming three years. Patience Mutopo will be investigating transformation processes taking place in the agricultural sector of her home country, Zimbabwe; David Kyaddondo will work on how the various resources to do with Uganda’s health care system can be better mobilized.

Park, FAO, and Patience Mutopo, Cologne Centre for African Studies,

Patience Mutopo is currently a PhD Research fellow, with the Cologne African Studies Centre, University of Cologne, Germany. Her research interests focus on gender, land rights, bio fuel production, agricultural value chains health and agro ecosystems. She is a member of the Legal Empowerment of the Poor coordinated by the Department of Environment and Development at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Centre for Human rights. Patience has expertise in reproductive human rights issues in Africa specifically focusing on adolescent girls. Her region of focus is Southern Africa.

the Fast Track Land Reform Programme: Interview with Patience Mutopo

Patience Mutopo tugs at her pants. Her clothes are much too warm for the oppressive heat hanging over Mali‘s capital city, Bamako. She is much too focused on her future career, though, to worry about such a trifling matter as what to wear. Earlier that day, the 33-year-old social scientist from Zimbabwe had been defending her doctoral dissertation at the University of Cologne – and now here she sits, just a few hours later, in Mali, West Africa. Together with ten other candidates from different African countries, she has been invited to Bamako to make a presentation of her research proposal to an expert committee. She hopes to be able to dedicate her efforts to this research over the next few years, and the committee is meeting in connection with a postdoctoral program run by the Volkswagen Foundation. Patience tugs nervously at her pants once more. The tension just in front of such an important presentation is massive – after all, nothing less than her future research career is at stake.

Their names are Patience Mutopo, David Kyaddondo and Roland Azibo Balgah. They live in different parts of sub-Saharan Africa, carry out research there, and share a sense of commitment to the future of science in their region. Together with several other excellent young researchers, they herald in the next phase of the Foundation’s involvement in Africa. Having obtained their PhDs, they now wish to go on and pursue successful research careers. Here we take a look at Mali and beyond – featuring the Foundation’s first African post-doc fellows in the social sciences.