February 18, 2022

Masego Madzwamuse

Country: South Africa

Expertise: Climate change adaptation, natural resource management

Masego Madzwamuse is Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Africa Trust which has the mandate to strengthen the agency of the poor in regional policy processes. Over the course of her career, she has worked on the rights of communities in conservation and has supported social movements advocating for social and economic justice. Masego was the youngest person and the first female person of colour, to be appointed to lead the Botswana office of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. As Head of the Southern African Trust with the mandate to strengthen the agency of the poor in regional policy processes.

Masego has extensive experience in community based natural resources management, community adaptation to climate change, land tenure security, sustainable land management, environment and gender, social policy. She led the development, implementation and monitoring of several programmes and projects with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and later UNDP. She has published widely on the land rights and developmental challenges of poor ethnic minorities in various parts of Botswana; community based natural resource management and tenure security for marginalized communities; the politics and policy aspects of community based natural resource management; rural livelihoods in dryland ecosystems; the contribution of biodiversity to rural livelihoods; and community based adaptation to climate change.

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