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/Mrs Virginia Makanza
Mrs Virginia Makanza

Lecturer, Local Governance Studies


  • MA International Development Studies, Bradford, UK;
  • Bachelor of Administration, University of Rhodesia;
  • Certificate in Planning and Appraisal of Rural Development Projects, Development and Project Planning Centre, UK,
  • Certificate in Planning with Women for Development, University College of London, UK;
  • Certificate in Computers in Development Planning, University College of London, UK;
  • Certificate in Training of Trainers, Development and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford, UK

Research Interests:

Service delivery, citizen and community participation, sustainable livelihoods, capacity development, decentralisation, local economic development, local government finance


  • Evaluation of the Binga Water Supply and Sanitation Project(1992)  Save the Children Fund UK, Harare
  • Evaluation of Community Participation in the Integrated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Projects in Kwekwe and Zvishavane Districts in the Midlands Province (1993).   Institute of Water and Sanitation Development, Harare
  • Social Policy in an Economy under Stress: the Case of Zimbabwe, SAPES Trust (2001)
  • Service Delivery in Local Authorities: The Case of Vungu RDC   (Journal of Local Government Management, 2006)
  • Participatory Approaches to Urban Development: The Case of Participatory Budgeting in Gweru City Council (Namibian Journal of Development, 2009)
  • Local Governments in Southern Africa. An Analytical Study of Decentralisation, Financing, Service Delivery and Capacities (UNDP,UNCDF, CLGF) published by UNDP, 2012)
  • Special Interest Councillors in Zimbabwean Local Authorities: challenges and opportunities (Global Journal Of Social Sciences, Vol 11, No1 (2012)

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