Staff Profile

/Professor Kadmiel Wekwete

Professor Kadmiel Wekwete



  • 1982 PhD, Regional and Urban Planning, University of London, UK
  • 1978 A, Regional and Urban Planning, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 1976 A (Hons), Geography/History, University of Leeds, UK

Research Interests:

Urban and Rural Planning (Focus on Zimbabwe and Africa Region):

  • local development
  • urban planning
  • physical planning
  • local governance
  • local economic development




  1. Wekwete K., deValk, P. (ed.) (1990) 2nd edition in print.Decentralizing for participatory planning: comparing the experiences of Zimbabwe with the other Anglophone countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. Avebury, Aldershot.
  2. Wekwete  K., Helmsing, A.H. (ed.) 1991, 2nd edition ( in print). Subnational planning in Eastern and Southern Africa – Approaches, finance and education. Gower Publishing House, Avebury, Aldershot.
  3. Wekwete K., Rambanapasi, C.O. (ed.)1994,2nd editionin print. Planning urban economies in Eastern and Southern Africa..Gower Publishing House, Avebury, Aldershot.
  4. Vanderschueren, F., Wegelin, E., Wekwete K. 1996. Policy program options for urban poverty reduction: a framework for action at the municipal levels. Urban Management Program Policy Series (20) World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Book Chapters:

  1. Wekwete K.H. 2010.The role of civil society in national and local development in Africa in:Cheema G.S.,  Popovski V.Engaging Civil Society, Emerging trends in democratic governance.United Nations University.
  2. Wekwete K. H.2007. Decentralization to promote effective and efficient pro-poor infrastructure and service delivery in the least developed countries in: Cheema  G. S., Rondinelli D.A. (eds.) Decentralizing Governance – Emerging concepts and practices (242-266).Brookings Institution Press, Washington DC.
  3. Wekwete K.H. 1992.Urbanization and Environment in Africa in:Stren R., White R., Whitney J. (eds.) Sustainable Cities.(105-140).Westview Press, Boulder, USA.
  4. Wekwete K.H. 1991.The rural resettlement programme in post-independence Zimbabwe in Mutizwa-Mangiza, N.D., Helmsing, A.H.J. (eds.)  Rural development and planning in Zimbabwe.Gower Publishing House, Avebury, Aldershot. 
  5. Wekwete K.H. 1990.Rural urbanization in Zimbabwe: Prospects for the future in: Baker. J. (ed.) Small town Africa – Studies in rural-urban interaction (130-142).The Scandinavian institute of African studies, Uppsala.
  6. Wekwete, K.H. 1997.Regions, Regional Policy, Planning and Development in Africa: A Perspective of Eastern and Southern Africa  in:  Helmsing, A.H.J., Guimaraes, J. (eds.)  Locality, State and Development: Essays in Honor of Jos G. M Hilhorst.Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. 
  7. Wekwete K.H. 1997.Urban management: the recent experience   in: Rakodi, C. (ed.) The urban challenge in Africa: growth and management of its large cities. (527-52). United Nations University Press, Tokyo.
  8. Wekwete K.H. 1998. Perspectives on planning for change and development of the local government systems in Africa in: Agere, S. (ed.) Zimbabwe post-independence public administration.Codesria, Dakar, Senegal. 
  9. Wekwete K.H. 2000. Urban Management challenges in the Africa region in Stein, C. (ed.)Development and Urban Africa. Proceedings of an International Seminar.
  10. Wekwete K.H. 1994. Urbanization, urban development in Southern and Eastern Africain: Wekwete KH& Rambanapasi C.O  (eds.) Planning Urban Economies in Southern and Eastern Africa (9-31). Gower Publishing House, Avebury, Aldershot. 
  11. Wekwete K.H. 1994. Urbanization, urban development and management in Zimbabwe in Wekwete K.H., Rambanapasi C.O. (eds.)Planning Urban Economies in Southern and Eastern Africa (31-55). Gower Publishing House, Avebury, Aldershot.
  12. Wekwete K.H., Kinyungu N.A.1994. Financing Urban development in Southern and Eastern Africa in: Wekwete K.H., Rambanapasi C.O.  (eds.) Planning Urban Economies in Southern and Eastern Africa.(249 -257).Gower Publishing HouseAvebury,Aldershot.
  13. Wekwete K.H.1990.Constraints to planning for socialism in Zimbabwe in: de Valk.P., Wekwete K.H. Decentralizing for participatory Planning? (37-51).Gower Publishing House Avebury, Aldershot. 
  14. Wekwete K.H.  Mlalazi A.1990. Provincial and Regional planning in Zimbabwe: problems and prospects in: de Valk P. Wekwete K.H. (eds.) Decentralizing for participatory planning? (73-85).Gower Publishing House Avebury, Aldershot. 
  15. Wekwete K.H., de Valk P. 1990. Challenges for local governments in Zimbabwe in: de Valk P., Wekwete K.H. (eds) Decentralizing for participatory planning? (86-98).Gower Publishing House Avebury, Aldershot. 
  16. Wekwete K.H., Munzwa K.1990. The role of External development agencies in district planning in Zimbabwe: a case study of districts in Masvingo province in: de Valk P. and Wekwete K.H. Decentralizing for participatory planning?Gower Publishing House Avebury,Aldershot.
  17. Wekwete K.H. 1999.Urban Management challenges in the Africa region in: Stein C. Development and Urban Africa. Centre D’Estudis Africans, Barcelona, Spain.
  18. Wekwete K. H. 1991. Managing Secondary Cities in Sub Sahara Africa –Traditional and modern institutional arrangements – the case of Masvingo City. UNCHS (Habitat)

Journals: (Select)

  1. Wekwete K. H. 1989. Growth Center Policy in Zimbabwe. Journal of Economic and Social Geography 80 (3), 131–146.
  2. Wekwete K.H. 1992.Urban government finance in Zimbabwe:the case of Harare City Council. Journal of Public Administration and Development. vol12(1) (97-110). 
  3. Wekwete K.H. 1989.Physical planning in Zimbabwe: a review of the legal, administrative and operational framework.Third World Planning Review 11(1). 
  4. Wekwete K.H. 1999. Mainstreaming urban Poverty reduction in Sub Sahara Africa.-Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 20(1). 
  5. Wekwete K.H. 1995. Planning law in Sub-Saharan Africa — A focus on the experiences in Southern and Eastern Africa.Habitat International, Volume 19, Issue 1, (13-28).
  6. Wekwete K.H. 1988. Rural Growth Points in Zimbabwe: Prospects for the future.-Journal of Social Development in Africa Vol.3 No. 2, (5-16). 
  7. Wekwete K.H. 1988. Development of Urban Planning in Zimbabwe –an overview.-Cities, Issue 1, February 1988, (55 -71).
  8. Wekwete K.H. 1992. New directions for urban development in rapidly urbanizing countries –the case of Zimbabwe. Habitat International, Vol 16, Issue 2 (53-63). 
  9. Wekwete K.H.1988. The local government system in Zimbabwe – some perspectives on change and development. Planning and Adminstration Vol15, No1,Spring (18-27).
  10. Wekwete K.H. Decentralized planning in Zimbawe: a review of provincial, urban and district development planning in post-independence Zimbabwe. Journal of International Development Vol 2 no1Jan 1990.
  11. Wekwete K.H.Legislative challenges for sustainable urban development in Sub Sahara Africa. UN Chronicle 2001.
  12. Wekwete K.H. Structure for the provision of Rural services in Zimbabwe. IFPRI 1992.
  13. Wekwete K.H.Rural urbanization in Zimbabwe-prospects for the future. Scandinavian Institute of African studies 1990, No 23 pp130-142.

United Nations Publications –  Lead Technical Author 

  1. Empowering the Poor: local Governance for poverty reduction. UNCDF 2003.UN publications, NY.
  2. Local Government Initiative – pro poor infrastructure and Service Delivery in Rural Sub Sahara Africa –case studies from Uganda, Mali, Senegal and Ethiopia. UNCDF 2004. UN publications, NY.
  3. Local Government Initiative – pro poor infrastructure and service delivery in rural Asia –case studies from Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.UNCDF 2004. UN publications, NY.
  4. Delivering the Goods –Building local government capacity to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNCDF 2005. UN Publications, NY.


Community Engagement: Consultancy  And Advisory Work

1.  April 2015 – Lead facilitator

  • National Consultative Workshop on Developmental Local Government in Zimbabwe
  • Commonwealth Local Government Forum/Government of Zimbabwe

2. March 2015- Lead Facilitator

  • Local Government and Service delivery in Zimbabwe
  • Department of Local Governance, Midlands State University

3. March 2015 – Lead Presenter

  • Urbanization, Urban Development and Urban Planning in Zimbabwe
  • Department of Development Studies, Midlands State University

4. November 2014 – Lead Consultant

  • Africa Integrated Regional Program on Local Governance and Local Development – Program Document (2015-2018)
  • United Nations Development Program (Headquarters/Africa); Africa Union.

5. February 2014 – Lead Consultant

  • Local Government and Local Economic Development in SADC –Report and policy paper prepared for Regional Workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi.
  • Commonwealth Local Government Forum

6. October/November 2013 –Lead Consultant

  • Strengthening Decentralization and Devolution in Kenya – a program for capacity building

7. Program document 2014-2017

  • United Nations Development Program, Nairobi, Kenya