Research Associates


  • Arsène-Joël Adeloui holds a PhD in Public Law following a November 2006 dissertation examining “Democratic transitions and development cooperation: a comparative approach in Benin, Mali, Niger and Togo”. He performed his doctoral research at the Centre d’études d’Afrique Noire in Bordeaux (France), the Danish Centre for Human Rights, and the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). His primary areas of expertise include human and democratic rights, state law, development, constitutional justice, and international cooperation.  He is currently a professor and researcher at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) where he teaches courses in constitutional law and international economic relations. He is also a Judicial Technical Advisor to the President of the Fifth Legislature of the National Assembly of Benin and an independent consultant.

  • Mathias Hounkpe, a Benin Citizen and Permanent Resident, has several years experience working in capacity building, governance and institutional development with domains as diverse as good governance and accountability in new democracies, election cycle management, capacity building of democratic institutions (e.g. Parliament, Political parties, Civil Society Organizations, …), institutional development (especially of the Parliament). He has been part of multidisciplinary research teams on subjects as diverse as the assessment of electoral systems and institutions, good governance, elections and public policy related issues. He has designed and implemented training and capacity building activities for evaluation, training and capacity building activities for various key stake holders of electoral processes in Benin and some West-African countries. He is bilingual with proficiency in English and French. He holds an M. Phil in Political science (from Department of Political Science, Yale University) with concentration on accountability mechanism design in new democracies and a doctorate in Mathematical physics (from Mathematical Physics Institute, Benin National University) with concentration on scattering theory.

  • Azizou Chabi Imorou is a doctoral student at the Johannes Gutenberg University's Anthropology Institute in Mainz, Germany. His dissertation research examines teachers' unions within a larger project entitled 'states at work'. He is currently a Research Associate at the Institute for Empirical Research on Political Economy (IREP) in Benin where he coordinates a project examining social mobility among the first Catholic students in Dahomey. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Social and Local Economic Development Research Laboratory (LASDEL) in Benin. He is also interested in areas including public policy, the civil service in Africa, government and local elections


  • Kaelo Molefhe is a Lecturer of Public Administration in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Botswana (UB). He is a Ph.D. candidate with University of Newcastle in Australia. His areas of interest focus on public sector management, particularly on New Public Management reforms in developing countries and governance issues related to socio-economic development in these countries.
    He has also worked in government and parastatals organisations in the country. In government, he worked at the Ministry of Work, Transport and Communications under Central Transport Organisation (CTO) for five years (1997-2002). After leaving government employ, he joined Botswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) where he served for two years. In both CTO and BTC, he served as a human resource practitioner.

  • Bashi Mothusi is a Lecturer of Public Administration in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Botswana (UB). He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Cleveland State University in Ohio and is mainly interested in issues pertaining to public policy formulation and implementation, public sector reforms and change management, ethics and accountability in the public sector, privatisation and local government administration.
    Prior to joining UB, he worked at the Ministry of Local Government in Botswana for six years (1996-2002) where he rose from the position of an Assistant Development Officer to Senior Development Officer. His responsibilities included inter alia: seeking funding from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for district and urban councils for implementation of projects under primary health facilities, township services, community projects and micro-projects. He also linked all district and urban councils with the Attorney General’s Chambers with regard to the drafting of new bye-laws and the amendment of the existing ones.

  • Moitse F. Willie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Public Administration and Political Science) from University of Botswana in 2004 and is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Politics and International Relations with the University of Botswana.
    She is presently an employee of National Assembly (Parliament of Botswana) and engaged as a Senior Clerk Assistant – Parliamentary Committees. She has been with the institution for six years. Her core responsibilities include providing secretarial services to Parliamentary committees, advising ministries and other stakeholders on committee activities, evaluating research material and information services to parliamentary committees.
    In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, photography and reading short stories and novels.

Burkina Faso

  • Agnes Kiswendsida Kaboré is a Module 3 ALP Research Associate in Burkina Faso. Since 2008, she has served as a monitoring and evaluation officer at the Center for Democratic Governance (CGD), where she is reponsible for the compilation of strategic plan assessments, including measuring the achievement of objectives. In addition, she monitors CGD’s communication, advocacy and organizing activities to ensure their relevance, coherence and effectiveness in relation to CGD’s mission. In this position, she has developed expertise in the Burkinabè political system including the National Assembly, local governance, and justice. After several years at CGD, she has developed a specialization in gender through training and experience. She has facilitated discussions and learning with university youth and on behalf of civil society association such as WILDAF and IGD. She is passionate about statistics and all matters relating to development and democracy in Africa and elsewhere.
    Mme Kaboré earned an engineering degree in Rural Development from the Rural Development Institute (IDR) of Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso). She is also a specialist in planning and monitoring and evaluation after obtaining a Diploma of specialized studies at the Pan African Institute for Development - West Africa / Sahel (IPD AOS).

  • Prof Augustin Loada has studied in both Burkina Faso and France, and has been Professor of Public Law and Political Science at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) since 1995 where he previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science and head of the post-graduate school, and is currently coordinator of the Masters’ and PhD programmes in Public Law and Political Science. He teaches courses in constitutional law, research methodology in the social sciences, political sociology, and public policy analysis. He also serves as visiting lecturer at universities including Cheick Anta Diop University of Dakar (Senegal), Montesquieu-Bordeaux University (France) and the Catholic Universities of Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University (USA) in 2000.

  • Adama Tiendrebéogo holds a Masters Degree in Political Economy and Applied Statistics from the Empirical Research Institute on Political Economy, Republic of Benin. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
    He has experience in qualitative and quantitative research in a number of research centers. On these occasions, he was able to realize the following research activities: planning of research activities, budgeting, design of questionnaires and sampling, training of field research assistants, data collectors and supervisors, data statistical analysis and interpretation, conception and management of data bases, and elaboration of research reports among others.
    He was a Researcher at the Center for Democratic Governance in Burkina Faso where he was associate national coordinator of Afrobarometer surveys, and an African Legislatures Project Research Associate. Currently, he is an independent consultant specializing in evaluation of public policy and development projects as well as collection and analysis of data pertaining to governance, democracy and politics.


  • Regina Oforiwa Amanfo is a Program Officer with the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. She is a Political Scientist and a Public Administration specialist by training. She has experience in research, with special focus on parliamentary work. She plays a leading role in CDD-Ghana’s parliamentary strengthening program, including building the capacity of the research department of Ghana’s Parliament, Parliamentary Committee Clerks and helping to facilitate access to information for Members of Parliament. Ms. Amanfo did one year internship with Southern African Parliamentary Forum (SADCPF) in Windhoek, Namibia. Regina is also the program officer responsible for human rights programs such as protecting the rights of remand prisoners, promoting non-custodial sentencing in Ghana, and HIV/AIDS Anti-Stigma and human rights initiative. She was also involved in the first round of the Afrobarometer, a research project that measures the social, political and economic atmosphere in Africa, as a field coordinator. She is the Center’s focal person on gender.

  • Sarah Brierley is a political scientist and freelance researcher. She is currently a consultant at the World Bank in Ghana working on a West Africa regional communications infrastructure project with specific reference to Sierra Leone and Liberia. Miss Brierley has been researching on the Parliament of Ghana for two years, previously based at the Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana where she conducted research for her Masters in African Studies awarded by Oxford University. Previous to this she gained a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics also from Oxford University. Miss Brierley has a keen interest in the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa and questions related to democratic development, parliamentary strengthening, and electoral accountability.

  • Maamy Kuranchie is a recent graduate of the University of Ghana with a BA in Psychology. In the last year, she has been working with the Center for Democratic Development as a research assistant. She is passionate about research and has been fortunate enough to work on a number of projects while at CDD, including the African Legislatures Project. She is currently working on research projects pertaining to constitutional review, human rights and state capacity in Ghana. 


  • Joshua M. Kivuva is a Fullbright scholar. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Nairobi. He is currently a lecturer in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi.
    Since June 2009 he has been a consultant for South Consulting working on the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation project, which monitors the implementation of the National Accord. Joshua is in charge of monitoring Agenda Item 4 on constitutional and institutional reforms. Quarterly reports on the projects can be found at He is also a consultant for the Center for Law and Research International (CLARION) on two book projects about Integrity in Kenya’s public service and Kenyan Legislature. He has written and researched on ethnic and legislative politics, and constitutionalism.

  • Dr. Fred Matiangi currently serves as the Chief of Party for the Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program. He has more than 12 years experience in democratic development, the last six years of which have been with the Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Project funded by USAID and DfID, and implemented by the State University of New York’s Centre for International Development.Fred has extensive experience in governance-related research, civil society advocacy work, and the direction of donor-funded democracy and governance projects.  Before joining SUNY, Dr Matiangi held prominent positions in civil society and briefly in the public sector in Kenya. He worked before as Head of Research and Deputy Director of the Institute for Education in Democracy. Dr. Matiangi taught at the Literature Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi for seven years before undertaking post graduate training in Media and Politics in Africa. He also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University, Kenya, a Master of Arts and PhD. in English from the University of Nairobi.

  • George Michuki undertook in-country research for ALP in Kenya in 2009. Born in Meru in 1976, he read for a Masters in Development Studies at the University of Nairobi in 2004, and gained a PhD in Development Studies from University of Leipzig, Germany (2005-2008). He is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi and his research interests include Governance, Poverty and Livelihood Diversification.


  • Seroala Tsoeu-Ntokoane is a lecturer the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, National University of Lesotho. She has earned her MA at School of Politics, University of Kwazulu Natal and is a Doctoral student at Department of Politics, University of  Johannesburg.  She has conducted research in various areas including local government service delivery, local economic development, telecom regulation, garment industry, food aid programmes, political constitutionalism and recently African parliaments. She specializes in among others, Public Policy Analysis and Research Methodology.


  • Mzee N. Wandembo Nyirongo was born in 1978 in a remote village in Rumphi District the northern region of Malawi. He has got a wide experience with the dynamics of Malawi Democracy & Politics of about 6 years. This include the genesis, current and the focused future trends of Malawi politics.
    He is a holder of a Bachelor Science from University of Malawi (UNIMA), Cert. in Computer Programming & Operating and a Diplonma in Computer Systems Analysis and Designing (ACP).

  • Kimberly Smiddy is the Senior Research Associate of the African Legislatures Project at the University of Cape Town and formerly served as the Project Manager. She is based in Malawi, and as an independent consultant she works as a parliamentary development specialist throughout southern Africa. Kimberly previously served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor at USAID/Malawi where she managed the parliamentary strengthening program implemented by NDI. Kimberly has provided consultancy services for SADC-PF, DFID, the Norwegian Embassy, GTZ, USAID, SUNY, RTI, FES, and UNDP. She has 14 years of parliamentary experience in Africa and has worked in evaluating and designing legislative strengthening programs in many different countries. She has worked with parliaments and MPs in more than 10 countries, including Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Kimberly was a PhD candidate, ABD, in Political Science at Michigan State University. She earned her MA in Political Science from Michigan State University with a specialization in African Politics and BA summa cum laude in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Tennessee.


  • Malian by nationality, Moumouni Soumano holds a Doctorate in Public Law and an MA in diplomacy and international organizations. He teaches at the School of Law and Political Science at the University of Bamako (Mali). He is currently the Executive Director of the Malian Foundation Center for Inter-Party Dialogue and Democracy (CMDID) which aims to strengthen the capacity of political parties and the overall framework of democracy in Mali. He has diverse experience in capacity building for democratic institutions such as the National Assembly, electoral bodies and political parties. Mr. Soumano is also an expert at the Center for Democratic Governance (CGD) in Burkina Faso. In this framework he helped develop a manual on management training policy designed for use in Mali, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso. He is the author of several articles on democratic governance in Mali and the coauthor of several training modules for democratic governance.


  • Monica Koep is presently employed as Advisor to the Director General of the Namibian National Planning Commission in the Office of the President.  Previously, she consulted for USAID/Southern Africa, worked as the Senior Technical Advisor for Democracy and Governance for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Namibia, held managerial positions in the NGO sector and taught at the Universities of Cape Town and Namibia. Koep has been a trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) since 2000 and its Chairperson since early 2007, has served on the board of the Namibian Chapter of the Misa Trust Fund since 1999 and most recently has been appointed to the newly-established Media Council of Namibia. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Honours degrees at the University of Cape Town and holds an M.Phil in Policy Studies from the University of Stellenbosch.

  • Takawira Musavengana is currently the Democracy and Governance programme manager at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) in Johannesburg. He previously served as Senior Researcher (Security Sector Governance) at the Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria), Democracy and Governance Manager at the SADC Parliamentary Forum (Windhoek) and also as Research Associate of the African Legislatures Project at the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research. He previously worked in
    the Committees Section at the Parliament of Zimbabwe. Takawira holds degrees from the University of Zimbabwe and the University of the Witwatersrand, respectively. In addition to election-related research, policy analysis, development of standards, and observation of more than 20 national elections, Takawira has been involved in designing and delivering parliamentary training and capacity building courses, including co-drafting Benchmarks for Democratic legislatures in Southern Africa. He co-edited (with Cheryl Hendricks) The security sector in Southern Africa (2011) and authored The proposed SADC Parliament: Old wine in new bottles or an ideal whose time has come? (2011). He is co-founder of the Institute for Parliamentary Support in Africa.

  • Gerson Uaripi Tjihenuna is the Director for Rectorate Affairs at the Polytechnic of Namibia. He holds a Diploma in Development Studies and Administration from the then United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN), which was based in Lusaka, Zambia. He also holds in BA Degree in Political Science (majoring in International Relations) from the University of Lljubljana (Slovenia) and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). The latter degree was done as  a joint programme between the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at the Hague.
    From December 2007 -  November 2009, Gerson was working as a freelance consultant in the areas of social research and public policy advocacy. During this period, he provided consultancy services to, inter alia, the University of Cape Town, the ILO, UNICEF and the Namibia Non-Governmental Forum (NANGOF) – the umbrella NGO in Namibia.
    From 1990 – 2007, he worked as an Under Secretary in the Cabinet Office of the Republic of Namibia where he was mainly involved in editing policy documents and doing policy analysis. He often contributes feature articles to local newspapers on political and public policy issues.

  • Ellison Tjirera is a Researcher at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in Namibia. Before joining the Government, Ellison was a Research Intern at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and shortly became a Junior Researcher and remained a Research Associate at the same Institute. Born in Okondjatu in 1986, he holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology and Industrial Psychology from the University of Namibia (UNAM). He did Political Studies and History as Minor Subjects. Ellison Tjirera has a wide range of academic interests encompassing Parliamentary Democracy, Mainstream Governance, Social Research and Sociology of Class. He was a Participant at the Afrobarometer Summer School (2009) at the University of Cape Town, Centre for Social Science Research, and won the ‘Best Research Question Prize’ with his paper entitled: “Women Parliamentary Representation and Perception of Women Empowerment; Is There Any Relationship?”.


  • Peter Lewis is Director of African Studies and Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins
    University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His work focuses on economic reform and political transition in developing countries, with particular emphasis on governance and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has written extensively on questions of economic adjustment, democratization, and civil society in Africa; democratic reform and political economy in Nigeria; public attitudes toward reform and democracy in West Africa; and the comparative politics of economic change in Africa and Southeast Asia. His most recent book, Growing Apart: Politics and Economic Change in Indonesia and Nigeria (University of Michigan Press 2007) is concerned with the institutional basis of economic development, drawing upon a
    comparative study of Indonesia and Nigeria. Dr. Lewis has published other coauthored and edited books, in addition to articles in World Politics, World Development, the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Modern African Studies, African Affairs and others, and numerous book chapters. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the Carter Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pew Forum, Freedom House, USAID, and the World Bank.


  • El Hadji Malick Sy Camara is a lecturer completing a PhD in social anthropology in the Department of Sociology at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He is a member of the International CNRS UMR 3189/UCAD. He is the author of several articles including "Islam and the public sphere in Senegal: religious actors in the improvement of public debate on good governance". He is also a social anthropologist specializing in health and is currently completing his doctoral thesis on "Family planning, sexuality and stakeholders in Senegal." Member of the Citizens Movement, a civil society organization, El Hadji Malick is interested in politics and citizenship.

  • Ismaila Madior Fall is a professor of public law and political science from the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal where he is currently Director of the Center for Study and Research on African Institutions and Legislation. Professor Fall is a member of several research networks including the Network of African Constitutionalists headquartered in Johannesburg. Professor Fall has 15 years’ experience teaching constitutional law, political science and public finances in the Faculties of Law and Political Science, including supervision of theses and dissertations. Outside academia, he has trained leaders such as MPs, Senegalese and ECOWAS senators, and local councillors. He also served as a research fellow and research coordinator on issues of public policy, constitutions, politics, elections and governance, and has published in journals and books in both Senegal and France.
    Professor Fall has drafted constitutions, legislation, regulations and agreements for governments in various countries including Senegal. He has lectured on democratic governance in Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire , Benin, Ghana and Nigeria. He has served as an advisor on legal and governance issues to the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Parliament, and bodies supporting local collectivities such as the House of Locally Elected Officials in Senegal and the Municipal Development Programme for Africa in Benin. He has written reports for the Government of Senegal and international organizations on constitutional, electoral, public policy and development issues.
    Professor Fall has served as a consultant in Senegal and elsewhere in Africa on development issues, democracy and public governance, working with international, bilateral and multilateral cooperation organizations such as CIDA, ECOWAS, USAID, the EU, SIDA, JICA, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and F. Naumann (German cooperation), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), UNDP, GTZ and the World Bank.
  • Catherine Lena Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard University’s Department of Government, where she specializes in comparative politics. Her research includes party politics and party-building in sub-Saharan Africa, the political economy of development, and accountability and democratization in the developing world. Her dissertation theorizes the formation, coalition-building strategies, and durability of political parties in Africa’s competitive authoritarian regimes.

    Fluent in French and advanced in Wolof, she is a two-time recipient of the US government’s Foreign Language and Area Studies grant, which supported her dissertation fieldwork in Senegal. In 2012-13, she is the Harvard Sciences-Po Exchange Fellow at Sciences-Po’s Centre Americaine in Paris. Her previous field experience was in Belgium, France, and Ghana. At Harvard, she is a Graduate Student Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for European Studies.

    Beyond Harvard, she has worked in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (in the Office of Regional and Security Affairs) and at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (as a consultant on African civil society for the International Budget Partnership).

    She earned an M.A. at Harvard in 2010 and a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Politics, with a specialization in “Europe, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding” in 2007 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. During her Fulbright year, she published an article on Belgium’s role in shaping European Union peacebuilding interventions in its former colony, the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2006, she received a B.A. summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Awa Ndiaye Sarr holds an MA and a DEA in Private Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Rennes I (France), as well as a DESS in Business Law with a specialization in banking from the Faculty of Law at the University of Dakar.
    She has fifteen years of professional experience in both the private sector (banks) and development organizations, including as Program Director of Oxfam (Great Britain) Senegal for four years, during which she traveled all over Senegal in the most remote areas. She has also served as leader of women's movements (including the Collective of 80 NGOs for Beijing 1995) and club sports (Senegalese swimming), and worked in research and strategic planning as a field consultant for USAID implementing agencies between 2007 and 2009. Finally, she helped publish a legal guide for Senegalese women with the Canadian Centre for Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and assisted in the creation of the only community radio emitting urban women in Dakar (Manooré FM, Voice of Women).

South Africa

  • Dr Cherrel Africa is a senior lecturer at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She holds a PhD in South African politics from the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. Dr Africa worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) for eight years, from 1995 until 2003. She has a wide range of interests including South African politics, democracy and governance, voting behaviour, elections and election campaigns as well as political strategy and communication.  Dr Africa also specializes in research methodology and design with a particular emphasis on public opinion and survey research.

  • Michelle Esau is an Associate Professor at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape. She is actively involved in teaching, research and community outreach. Michelle teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her teaching interests include, human resources management and development; ethics in the public sector; and issues concerning bureaucracy and democracy. She has published in the areas of legislative oversight; citizenship rights and responsibilities; and human resources development. Michelle has also been tasked with the publications agenda of Fairshare who are responsible for the community outreach and development focus of the School.

  • Ebrahim Fakir is currently the Manager for the Governance Institutions and Processes department at EISA. He is also Research Associate of the African Legislatures Project, at the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research. Ebrahim was formerly a Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg (2002-2008) and at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA)  at its Pretoria  and Cape Town offices (1998-2002) where he did work on South Africa’s Provincial Legislatures and Parliament, and was contributing editor to IDASA’s electronic political journal, E-politcsSA. He also worked at the first democratic Parliament of the Republic of South Africa (1996-1998) and tutored English literature at the then University of Durban Westville (1994-1996). He read  for a degree in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and was visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

  • Tim Hughes holds an MA (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town. He was a researcher at UCT’s Institute for Public Policy and lectured at UCT until 2001. Tim established SAIIA’s parliamentary liaison programme in Cape Town and ran SAIIA’s SADC parliamentary research programme, as well as its Lesotho Democracy Programme. He has written a book on South Africa’s foreign policy in the post-apartheid period and was team leader on the SAIIA SADC future scenarios programme. Tim was series editor for the Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in SADC Reports as well as for a series of papers on opposition politics in SADC. He is the Editor of the SADC Strengthening Parliamentary and Civil Society Relations Handbook.


  • Max Mmuya is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has worked with numerous governmental, bilateral and multilateral donor organisations in Tanzania and Kenya. His professional experience encompasses projects with Parliament in Tanzania focusing on Enhancing Parliamentary Capacity. To this end he has carried out a range of institutional designs and evaluations, which include: Constitutional Review of the 1977 Tanzania’s Permanent Constitution; review and redesign of aspects of the Tanzania Parliament and Zanzibar House of Representatives in areas such as: Public Hearings At Constituency Level, production of  manuals on Constituency level public hearing on Bills, Organising and Conducting Public Hearings, Committee Level Public Hearings, and Design of Parliamentary Research Services (PRS); and Access to Information for the Tanzania Parliament. He has made an evaluation of the Donor Basket Funded activities for the 2000 elections in Tanzania as well as the electoral processes in the Region (East Africa). He has been involved in Civic Education programs in Tanzania and regionally. He has published numerous papers on democracy, including: Goran Hyden and Max Mmuya (December 2009): Power and Policy Slippage in Tanzania : Sida Studies N0. 21.

  • Richard Faustine Sambaiga is working as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He hols M.A in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Dar es Salaam and is currently finalising his PhD in Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel in Switzerland. Between 2005 and 2007 Sambaiga worked for SUNY as Programme Officer and Field Office Director for the USAID/DFID funded Parliamentary Strengthening Programme in Tanzania. Since then he has been engaged in several consultancy services in the field of Legislative Strengthening in Tanzania. Sambaiga’s other areas of expertise include Globalisation, Natural Resource Management, Social Organisation, and Reproductive Health. Apart from doing academic studies in these fields, Sambaiga has offered consultancy services to both Local and International Organisations including UN organisations such as UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF.


  • Mr Twebaze received his B.A. in Social Sciences, Political Science and Philosophy from Makerere University, Uganda. Aside from English, he is fluent in Swahili and Runyakitara. He has over ten year's track record in teaching, legislative research, community mobilization and political activism. Currently he is the Governance advisor/Policy analyst, National Resistance Movement and the Coordinator for the Parliamentary Research and Internship program, Parliament of Uganda (as a part time consultant). Prior to this he was a Research Associate in the Department of doctrine, Uganda Peoples Defense forces. He is currently working on a project to evaluate the performance of the Ugandan Parliament on two of its core functions, legislation and oversight. The project is funded by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and National Democratic Institute (NDI). He is also writing his Masters thesis on "Legislative Security Sector oversight in Uganda" in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies of Makerere University. Mr Twebaze has written and published book chapters on the Parliament of Uganda. 


  • Shana Warren undertook the pilot Module 2 research in Zambia and is currently the Programme Manager for Francophone Africa of the African Legislatures Project at the University of Cape Town. She is based in New York, and works as an independent consultant specializing in transparency, accountability and parliamentary development. Shana previously served as a Projects Officer at the One World Trust in London where she managed the development of an online resource of civil society self-regulation worldwide. Shana has provided consultancy services as a parliamentary specialist for Pact, the Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF, and Revenue Watch Institute, and previously served as the ALP Research Associate for Zambia. She has 6 years of experience undertaking research and assessment with parliaments, MPs, and civil society in the Czech Republic, Ghana, Togo and Zambia. Shana earned her MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC with specializations in African politics and economic development, and her BA from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is currently a PhD student in comparative politics at New York University (NYU).


  • Luciah Nyawo holds a Masters in Public Administration (2007) and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Politics and Administration (1998) all from the University of Zimbabwe. For her work experience she joined Parliament of Zimbabwe in 2000 as a Committee Clerk and has risen through the ranks to the position of Principal Committee Clerk. Her duties involve providing secretarial and procedural services to Parliamentary Committees. She is currently serving on the Public Accounts Committee and the Thematic Committee on Millennium Development Goals. She also performs Clerk at the Table duties which include advising Presiding Officers and Members of Parliament on procedural matters as well as liaising with Government Ministries, stakeholders and members of the public on parliamentary business. Previously she was engaged on part time lecturing with the Department of Political and Administrative at the University of Zimbabwe for a period of one and a half years. On her spare time she undertakes some research activities. In 2010 she was engaged by the Developmental Leadership Programme (DLP) on a Research on African Leaders. She was recently involved in the Zimbabwe Study as part of the African Legislatures Project being undertaken by the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town.