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What is the Institute for Rural Development?

The Institute for Rural Development (IRD) is a flagship unit of the University of Venda (UNIVEN) mandated to spearhead rural development programming in line with the institution-wide vision, viz. to be at the centre of tertiary education for rural and regional development in Southern Africa. Here we share with you a snapshot view of our history and drive towards “Taking the university to its rightful owners – grassroots communities” as the rural development propeller.

Background of the IRD

In 1997, the idea of establishing a Centre for Rural Development (CRD) at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) was conceived. Extensive engagement of a wide range of stakeholders both inside and outside South Africa gave birth to the CRD in 2000. Late 2008, the need for mounting more viable and sustainable social change programmes necessitated the merger of the CRD and the former Institute of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Poverty Eradication to become the Centre for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation (CRDPA). In recognition of the magnitude of its mandate and extent to which it had grown, in October 2012 the CRDPA was elevated to the Institute for Rural Development (IRD). Although the IRD seeks to make a significant difference in the rural areas of Southern Africa, Limpopo (especially Vhembe and Mopani Districts) and Mpumalanga Provinces are the principal focal areas of operation. Numerous poverty and rural development challenges inform the core business of the IRD. Some of the current and previous legislations, international conventions or frameworks and programmes that continue to shape the IRD work are the following:

  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in September 2000;
  • Programmes of action of regional and continental bodies such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD);
  • The Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Programme (ISRDP);
  • Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA), coupled with the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (GIPSA);
  • Provincial Growth and Development Strategies;
  • Community Development Worker (CDW) Programme;
  • Municipal Structures Act of 1998 and Municipal Systems Act of 2000; and
  • The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme which underpins the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform work.

Our Mandate

The following focal areas constitute our mandate and inform our strategic goals: 

  • mobilizing resources for formal and non-formal education, training and skills development programmes;
  • mobilizing and organizing staff, students, rural communities and other key players for collective action against poverty and underdevelopment;
  • facilitating university-wide activities that inculcate an entrepreneurial culture and support development initiatives;
  • serving as a focal point for structured deliberations and debates on contemporary issues relating to poverty and under-development;
  • establishing strategic partnerships and networks at national and international levels in order to achieve sustainable development; and
mounting appropriate technology generation and utilization programmes in order to close the gap between the knowledge generated in research institutions and its utilization for the growth and development of communities in rural areas.

Profile of Prof Joseph Francis, Director of the Institute for Rural Development

Prof Joseph Francis is a passionate and multi-talented rural development practitioner who holds a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Zimbabwe. His PhD research examined smallholder dairy farming as a vehicle for rural development within the context of integrated crop-livestock systems. Prior to his appointment as an Associate Professor in the Institute for Rural Development (IRD), he served as a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Youth Studies at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) from August 2004-30 July 2007; Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Pretoria’s Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development (June 2002-August 2004) and Lecturer at the Zimbabwe Open University (February 1998-June 2002). As the Director of the IRD, his responsibilities encompass research, teaching, community-engaged work, resource mobilization, and leadership and management of the IRD.

Throughout his academic life, Prof Francis has extensively worked with grassroots communities in various countries in Southern Africa (in particular Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe) as one of the champions of the WK Kellogg Foundation-funded Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP). During the past eight years, he has mainly concentrated his work in the rural areas of Vhembe District in Limpopo Province of South Africa. His exemplary leadership and acumen in community-engaged scholarship have been demonstrated through the on-going Amplifying Community Voices programme. The programme won a silver award in the Impumelelo Innovation Trust competition in 2008 and also third prize of the MacJannet Prize of Global Citizenship in June 2011. Another significant milestone in the growth and development of ACV has been the fact that it gave birth to the Amplifying Community Voices Students Association (ACVoSA), which was officially recognized as a bona fide student organization at UNIVEN and subsequently launched in November 2012. It is worth highlighting that the ACV approach is gaining widespread recognition as a potential roadmap for constructing community-owned municipal development plans or strategies, especially in Vhembe District. Apart from this, Prof Francis’s deep knowledge and experience with application of participatory tools in development practice saw him facilitate stakeholder engagements that culminated in the establishment of the highly vibrant Vhembe District Land Development Forum. Also, between 2005 and 2011 he served as the lead facilitator of multiple stakeholder engagements on skills development at the request of the Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LGSETA) in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces.

Prof Francis’s competencies encompass both academic and participatory process facilitation. He has vast experience in smallholder dairy farming, research; postgraduate student supervision; field application of participatory development techniques; research coordination; monitoring and evaluation of development programmes; rural development; participatory community development planning; community empowerment; local government and open learning or distance education. To date, he has co-authored a book entitled, “Performance and Nutritional Management of Draught Cattle in Smallholder Farming in Zimbabwe,” chapters in books and more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific research papers published in various journals or proceedings of conferences. Most notable among the self-study books/manuals he authored for use by smallholder farmers and grassroots community members is “Fodder Banks in Livestock and Dairy Production with Drought in Mind.” The latter booklet has so far been translated to more than four languages in Eastern and Southern Africa, mainly as a result of the high demand for it.

Postgraduate Degree Programmes Offered

  • PhD in Rural Development (PHRDV); and
  • Masters in Rural Development (MRDV) by research.

Research and Innovation Initiatives

  • Hosting the Population Association of Southern Africa, 7th Annual Conference, 11-13 July 2012;
  • National Research Foundation Research Chair: Communal Land and Rural Entrepreneurship, 2011;
  • Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development (PSPPD) Evaluation of Income-generating food poverty alleviation projects, funded (R554 860) by the European Union through the Presidency of South Africa, 2010-2011;
  • Facilitating the Engagements for Defining the Core Business of the Technology Research and Development Directorate of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), March-May 2010; and
  • Research for Development of a Community Voice-sensitive Household Vulnerability Index (HVI) in Southern Africa: A programme co-implemented and implemented in partnership with the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and World Vision, 2009-2011 (R880 250).

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships

  • In 2010, recruited the first Postdoctoral Research Fellows at UNIVEN; and
  • Hosted 2 international visiting scholars (2010-2011).

Postgraduate Student Graduation

  • 8 PhD in Rural Development, 2008-2012; and
  • 16 research-based Masters in Rural Development, 2008-2012.

Community Engagement

  • Securing WK Kellogg Foundation Funding (US$400 000) for Amplifying Community Voices in Makhado Municipality programme, May 2006-April 2011;
  • Department of Science and Technology-funded (R4.2 million) and National Research Foundation-managed Community-University Partnership Programme (CUPP), January 2010-December 2012 (Grant 71231); and
  • In 2012, the Amplifying Community Voices approach was adopted by Municipalities in Vhembe District Municipality to guide integrated development planning.

Community Engagement Programmes/Projects Implemented

  • The award-winning Amplifying Community Voices (ACV);
  • Mukondeni Pottery; and
  • Community-based Monitoring Systems (CBMS).

Awards in Recognition of Excellence in Community-engaged Work

  • Silver award of Impumelelo Innovation Trust for ACV, May 2008; and
  • Third prize of MacJannet Prize of Global Citizenship for ACV, June 2011.


Overview of the Amplifying Community Voices

                                              
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND SYMPOSIA 2007-2012

  1. Peer-reviewed Papers in Accredited Journals

1) Tshitangoni M, Okorie A and Francis J (2010). Assessment of challenges facing poverty alleviation projects in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province in South Africa. Scientific Research and Essays, 5(17): 2375-2383.

2) Moyo CS and Francis J (2010). Women empowerment initiatives for rural development in South Africa: The missing piece of the puzzle, Pula Botswana Journal of African Studies, 24(1): 43-61.

3) Francis J, Dube B, Mokganyetji T and Chitapa T (2010). University-rural community partnership for people-centred development: Experiences from Makhado Municipality, Limpopo Province. South African Journal of Higher Education, 24(3): 357-373.

4) Tshitangoni M, Okorie A and Francis J (2011). Performance of poverty alleviation projects in South Africa: The case of Vhembe Districtin Limpopo Province, Scientific Research and Essays, 6(5): 1005–1012.

5) Francis J, Mamatsharaga P, Dube Band Chitapa T (2011). Making youth voices count in own development programming in Makhado Municipality, Limpopo Province. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, 4(5): 297-304.

6) Zuwarimwe J and Kirsten J (2011). Social networks and rural non-farm enterprise development and implication for poverty reduction among rural households in Zimbabwe. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, 4(6): 344-354.

7) Oni SA, Maliwichi LL and Obadire S (2011). Assessing the contribution of smallholder irrigation to household food security, in comparison to dryland farming in Vhembe district of Limpopo province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 6(10): 2188-2197.

8) Nare L, Odiyo J, Francis J and Potgieter N (2011). Framework for Effective Community Participation in Water Quality Management in Luvuvhu Catchment of South Africa. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 36: 1063-1070.

9) Mwale M, Masika PJ and Francis J (2012). Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of the acqueous leaf extract of Agave sisalana in rats. Scientific Research and Essays, 7(14): 1477-1484.

10) Moyo CS, Francis J and Ndlovu, P (2012). Grassroots Communities’ Perceptions relating to Control as a Pillar of Women Empowerment in Makhado Municipality of South Africa, Gender and Behaviour, 10(1): 4418-4431.

11) Mudau MJ and Rasila BN (2012). The African National Congress (ANC) at the turn of the centenary: The Impact of the Politics of ANC on Public Administration in South Africa. Journal of US-China Public Administration, 9(10): 1167-1173.

12) Rasila BN and Mudau MJ (2012). Effective communication as a strategic tool for rural development: A model to take South African Government beyond mobilization and consultation through public participation. Review. Journal of Media and Communication Studies, 4(7): 134-141.

13) Mupetesi T, Francis J, Gomo R and Mudau J (2012). Gendered Patterns of Social Capital among Farmers in Guruve District of Zimbabwe, Gender and Behaviour, 10(2): 4832-4848.

14) Moyo CS, Francis J and Ndlovu P (2012). Grassroots Communities’ Perceptions Relating to Control as a Pillar of Women Empowerment in Makhado Municipality of South Africa, Gender and Behaviour, 10(2): 4864-4882.

15) Mudau MJ, Mwale M, Sarfo-Mensah P, Zwane E., Netshandama VO (2012). Marketability and Sustainability of Food Security programme: Products and productivity of agricultural projects. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension (SAJAE), 40: 1-15.

  1. Peer-reviewed Book/Booklet

1) Chiyemura, F. and Francis, J. 2012. Reconceptualization of the youth concept in South Africa through improved understanding of contemporary challenges and expectations, Munich, GRIN Publishing GmbH. 19p, http://www.grin.com/en/e-book/201037. ISBN (eBook): 978-3-656-33916-8 and ISBN (Book): 978-3-656-33943-4.

  1. Chapters in a Book

1) Francis J and Moyo M (2008). Experiences in improving service delivery to rural communities in Bulilimamangwe District of Zimbabwe through an integrated rural development program, Moyo M.T., Khombe C.T. and Ndlovu R.L. (Ed), Innovations in Rural Development: Experiences from Bulilima and Mangwe Districts of Zimbabwe, Print Force Publications, Harare, ISBN 987-0-7974-3720-3.

2) Mudau JM and Francis J (2012). Strengthening the Implementation of Antipoverty Strategies and the Active Role of Stakeholders: A Case Study of Mutale Municipality Community Engagement, p25-48, In: Muchie, M., Osha, S. and Matlou, M. (ed.), The Africana World: From Implementation to Unity and Renaissance, Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, ISBN 978-0-7983-0311-8.
 

D. Papers Presented at Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Symposia

1) Francis J (2007). Stakeholder Relations: Role of CDW in the Developmental Agenda of the State. P111-115, National Community Development Workers (CDWs) Conference, 11-12 June, Gallagher Conference Centre, Midrand, South Africa (http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/cpsi/unpan032270.pdf)

2) Francis J, Mauba KD and Mashele WN (2007). Amplifying Villagers’ Voices through UNIVEN-Makhado Municipality Partnership for Sustainable Social Change: Some Lessons from the Field, Forging Partnerships for Sustainable Poverty Reduction in Limpopo Province: Going Beyond Best Practices, 21-22 November 2007, Edupark, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa.

3) Francis J (2007). Creating Enabling Environments: Lessons from the Field, Proceedings of Oxfam Australia’s APAC Link and Learn Conference, 3-5 December 2007, Blue Waters Hotel, Durban, South Africa.

4) Francis J (2008). Amplifying Community Voices: The Case of Makhado Municipality, Community Development Worker (CDW) National Gala Dinner, 14 March 2008, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, South Africa.

5) Francis J (2008). Vhembe District Land Development Summit, 23-25 July 2008, Mountainview Inn, Makhado Municipality, South Africa (Facilitator).

6) Francis J (2008). Experiences and lessons from Oxfam Australia’s multi-partner social experiment to integrate food security and HIV/AIDS programming in Southern African communities. XVII International AIDS Conference (Abstract: THPE0671), August 3-8 August 2008, Mexico City, Mexico.

7) Francis J, Mamatsharaga PI, Dube B and Chitapa T (2009). Making youth voices count in own development programming in Makhado Municipality, Limpopo Province, Colloquium on Community Engagement: Creating Sustainable Empowering Learning Environments through the Scholarship of Engagement”, 20-21 August 2009, North-West University’s Faculty of Education, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa.

8) Francis J, Dube B, Mokganyetji T and Chitapa T (2009). University-Rural Community Partnership for People-centred Development: Experiences from Makhado Municipality, Limpopo Province, Colloquium on Community Engagement: “Creating Sustainable Empowering Learning Environments through the Scholarship of Engagement”, 20-21 August 2009, North-West University’s Faculty of Education, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa.

9) Francis J (2009). Training academic staff from Universities and other tertiary institutions in Malawi on Theatre for Policy Advocacy and related Participatory Community Engagement Tools, 29-30 August 2009, FANRPAN, VIP Maputo Hotel, Mozambique (Facilitator).

10) Francis J (2009). Oxfam Intersections: A Learning and Sharing Event, 24-28 October 2009, Ascot Convention Centre, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Facilitation of Participation: the main ingredient for good development; and Integrating HIV and Food Security Sessions).

11) Kilonzo B (2009). Capacity Building and Training Programmes for Community Development Practitioners/Workers, Co-operatives and SMME Workshops, 30 August to 4 September 2009, East London/Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa (Facilitator).

12) Francis J, Jiri M, Ndlovu B and Nemutandani M (2009). Amplifying Community Voices in Makhado Municipality, Public Sector Service Delivery Conference, Bessie Global Management Practice, 2-4 September 2009, FNB Conference Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg.

13) Francis J (2009). Developmental Local Government In South Africa: Are We Winning The War Against The Poverty Of Skills? Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces Local Government Skills Development Workshop, 4-5 June 2009, Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (Keynote address).

14) Francis J (2009). Working with Community and Asking Useful Questions: What is Community Engagement? Reflections on Democracy, Community Engagement and Sustainable Development, Ethics, Protocols and Practice of International Research – January Term Course, 3-12 January 2009, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.

15) Kilonzo B (2009). “Towards sustainable Human Settlement in Limpopo Province: Fundamental issues to consider”, Limpopo Province Housing Cluster Indaba/Summit, 4 December, 2009, The Ranch Hotel, Polokwane, South Africa.

16) Francis J (2010). Vhembe District All-Stakeholder Land Development Summit, 19-21 May 2010, Karibu Hotel, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa (Facilitator).

17) Muchemwa-Munasirei P, Francis J, Chitapa TM and Moyo CS (2010). Community participation in basic service provision viewed through the lenses of villagers in post-conflict Chimanimani District of eastern Zimbabwe. In Alexander, G., van Wyk, M.M. and Teise, K. (editors), 3rd Research Colloquium: Education for Social Justice, 29-30 September 2010, Bloemfontein, South Africa. ISSN 978 0 86886 800 4 p75.

18) Kilonzo B, Francis J, Masia M and Chitapa T (2010). A University-Traditional Leadership Partnership Model for Rallying Grassroots Communities for People-Centred Rural Development. In Alexander, G., van Wyk, M.M. and Teise, K. (editors), 3rd Research Colloquium: Education for Social Justice, 29-30 September 2010, Qwaqwa Campus, University of Free State, South Africa. ISSN 978 0 86886 800 4 p46.

19) Francis J, Kilonzo BM, Kutame AP, Chitapa TM and Mokganyetji TA (2010). Student-perceived pillars of social justice in a university-rural community partnership for development. In Alexander, G., van Wyk, M.M. and Teise, K. (editors), 3rd Research Colloquium: Education for Social Justice, 29-30 September 2010, Qwaqwa Campus, University of Free State, South Africa. ISSN 978 0 86886 800 4 p32.
20) Intollube-Chmil L, Nguyen M, Swap R, Francis J and Spreen CA (2010). Engaged Scholarship: Undergraduate Participant Experiences in an International Community-based Research Setting, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) 2010 Annual Conference Proceedings, 28-31 October, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

21) Francis J, Zuwarimwe J and Mwale M (2010). IK and Food Security Amplified by ICT Possibilities, 2 December 2010, Vuwani Science Centre, South Africa.

22) Swap R, Annegarn H, Francis J, Spreen CA, Intollube-Chmil L, Kgosidintsi OGSO, Netshandama V, Terni C, Walter S and Ribeiro N (2010). Empowering Students through a Regional Knowledge Network in Africa, Study Abroad II: Experiences in Studying Abroad and Projects in the Developing World, 2010 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.

23) Mudau MJ and Francis J (2011). Strengthening implementation of antipoverty strategies and the active role of stakeholders: A case study of Mutale Municipality community engagement. Africa in the 21st Century and the Quasquicentennial of the Scramble of Africa: An International Symposium, Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), 25-27 May 2011, Pretoria, South Africa.

24) Francis J and Kilonzo B (2011). Student-defined qualitative indicators of relevance of a South African Rural-based University in Community Development, ZOU International Conference, Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), Harare, Zimbabwe, 16-17 June, Harare.

25) Moyo CS and Francis J (2011). Rural community-perceived determinants of women empowerment: A case study of Makhado Municipality in Limpopo Province of South Africa, ZOU International Conference, Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), Harare, Zimbabwe, 16-17 June, Harare.

26) Mupetesi T, Francis J and Gomo T (2011). Extent of poverty rates in Guruve District of Zimbabwe, ZOU International Conference, Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), Harare, Zimbabwe, 16-17 June, Harare.

27) Mathaulula MA and Francis J (2011). Perceptions of men, women and community leaders on rural women empowerment in Makhado Municipality of Limpopo Province, South Africa. 10th International South African Association of Family Ecology and Consumer Science 2011, Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.

28) Mwale M, Francis J and Zuwarimwe J (2011). Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Food Security Amplified by Information and Communication Technology. Mabunda Heroes and Cultural Day Celebration, 19 March 2011, Mabunda Tribal Authority, Greater Giyani Municipality, Mopani District, Limpopo Province.

29) Intollube-Chmil L, Swap R, Weyland K, Francis J, Gonzalez JO, Canfora AG, Williams S, Ngundi J, Berinyuy C, Butt D and Spreen CA (2011). Assessment of International Service Learning and Community Engagement: Case Studies at the University of Virginia, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings, 2-4 November, Chicago, USA.

30) Mwale M, Zuwarimwe J and Obadire S (2012) “Migrants and Asylum Seeking Children In search of a Deferred Dream: Can Access to Education Redeem their Dreams?” Educational Rights of Refugees and other Migrant Learners Conference, 10-11 February 2012, Art Gallery, University of Venda, South Africa.

31) Francis J and Mwale M, “Livestock Development as A Vehicle for Improving Resource-Poor Farming in South Africa: What are the Fundamental Issues to Address?” 35th South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) Conference, 9-12 July 2012, East London International Conference Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa (Special invited speaker).

32) Ndhlovu B, Francis J, Zuwarimwe J and Mwale M (2012). Youth Perceptions on Business Climate for the Establishment and Expansion of Rural-based Cattle Farming in Makhado Municipality, 35th South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) Conference, 9-12 July 2012, East London International Conference Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

33) Maluleke MJ, Zuwarimwe J, Sarfo-Mensah P and Mwale M (2012). The Mopani Worm Micro-Business as A Poverty Alleviation Strategy, 35th South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) Conference, 9-12 July 2012, East London International Conference Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

34) Munyadziwa VW, Mwale M and Francis J (2012). Contribution of Indigenous Chickens to the Improvement of Livelihoods in Rural Communities of Limpopo Province, 35th South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) Conference, 9-12 July 2012, East London International Conference Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

35) Nxumalo DN, Francis J, Sibanda LM and Mwale M (2012). Relationship between Livestock Ownership and Household Vulnerability to Poverty in Mpolonjeni, Swaziland. 35th South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) Conference, 9-12 July 2012, East London International Conference Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
36) Kanhukamwe-Mlambo S, Francis J, Sibanda LM and Mwale M (2012). Community-perceived Contribution of Cattle to Development Relief in Rural Rushinga District of North-eastern Zimbabwe, 35th South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) Conference, 9-12 July 2012, East London International Conference Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

37) Rasila BN and Mudau MJ (2012). Effective communication as catalyst for developmental local government amid challenges of overpopulation, 7th Population Association of Southern Africa Conference, 11-13th July, 2012, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa.

38) Molepo MC Francis J and Mwale M (2012). The State of Extension Services for Resource-poor Farming Projects in Blouberg Municipality of South Africa, 7th Population Association of Southern Africa Conference, 11-13th July, 2012, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa.

39) Mathaulula MA, Francis J and Mwale M (2012). Contribution of Small-Scale Food Vending to Rural Livelihoods in Thulamela Municipality of Limpopo Province in South Africa, 7th
Population Association of Southern Africa Conference, 11-13th July, 2012, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa.

40) Swap R, Intollube-Chmil L, Heil E, Ngundi J, Weyland K, Annegarn H, Berinyuy C, Francis J, Kgosidintsi OGSO, Lwasa S, Mufundisi K, Nengwenani D, Ribeiro Nand Spreen CA (2012). From Rigorous Preparation to Reflexive Practice to Reflective Publication for Undergraduates: Ethics, Practices and Protocols for Community-based Engagement and Research in International Settings, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) 2012 Annual Conference Proceedings, 23-25 September, Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD, USA.

41) Makhanikhe TJ, Francis J and Ndhlovu B (2012). Characteristics of the School Environment as Perceived by Learners: A Case Study of Rural Village-based Secondary Schools in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, 2nd Annual Sustainable Rural Learning Ecologies Colloquium, 1-3 October 2012, Qwaqwa Campus, University of Free State, South Africa.

42) Mokganyetji TA, Francis J and Kutame AP (2012). Student Views on Interpersonal and Lived Environment Relationship for Effective Learning in a Rural-based University in South Africa, 2nd Annual Sustainable Rural Learning Ecologies Colloquium, 1-3 October 2012, Qwaqwa Campus, University of the Free State, South Africa.

43) Ndhlovu B, Francis J and Kabiti HM (2012). Comparison of Learner Perceptions on Secondary School Climate as a Determinant of Quality of Education in Rural Areas of Limpopo Province, South Africa, 2nd Annual Sustainable Rural Learning Ecologies Colloquium, 1-3 October 2012, Qwaqwa Campus, University of Free State, South Africa.

44) Francis J (2012). Role of the University in a Challenging Rural Environment: How can Responsible Communicators Add Value? Vhembe District Communicators Forum Conference, 23-24 November 2012, Musina Municipal Council Chamber, Musina, South Africa.

45) Francis J (2012). Community-University Partnership Programme at the University of Venda: Processes, Experiences and Issues, NSF USA-NSF China-NRF South Africa, Mini Conference on Community Engaged Scholarship, 11-13 December 2012, Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa.

 

The Institute for Rural Development

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The following is a list of staff members for the Institute for Rural Development.

Designation Name Experience and Expertise Contacts
Director and Associate Professor

J. Francis (PhD)

More than 16 years in university and rural development work in Southern Africa; Community-engaged research and people-centred development; Local governance; Participatory action research; Process facilitation; Livestock nutrition and production; Animal draught power and supervision of postgraduate research.

Tel:015 962 8052
E-mail: jfrancis@univen.ac.za or jfranczw@yahoo.co.uk
Senior Lecturer

M.J. Mudau (PhD)

Experienced social/development worker, coupled with more than 15 years
of teaching at Universities in South Africa; Social research; community development; and supervision of postgraduate research.

Tel:015 962 8682
E-mail: john.mudau@univen.ac.za or mudauj@gmail.com
Senior Lecturer

G. Oloo (MA; MBA)

Over 20 years in rural development practice in Eastern and Southern Africa; More than 10 years in university service; Small business development; Microfinance; Entrepreneurship; Community-based monitoring and evaluation;  Integrated Innovation & networking; and supervision of postgraduate research. Tel:015 962 8750
E-mail: grace.oloo@univen.ac.za or bichagrace@yahoo.com
Senior Lecturer

B.M. Kilonzo (PhD))

Approximately 18 years’ experience in rural development; development planning; action-research; community-based projects; enterprise development; Development of cooperatives; Project management; Facilitation; Monitoring and evaluation; and supervision of postgraduate research. Tel:015 962 8836
E-mail: beata.kilonzo@univen.ac.za or bkilonzo@yahoo.com
Secretary

M. Mphaphathe

About 20 years office administration in national and international organisations; Project administration; Data capturing; and Event management. Tel:015 962 8680
E-mail: mildred.@univen.ac.za
Community Engagement Intern

Mr M. Ramoshaba (BA Hons)

Community development; Career guidance for secondary school learners; Linking development agents with local communities and municipal programmes. Tel:015 962 8681
E-mail: ramoshaba.madiba1@gmail.com
Community Engagement Intern

Ms K.D. Mahlawule (BDevs Hons)

Community development; Office administration; Project administration; Facilitation of youth development work. Tel:015 962 8681
E-mail: khanyibubu@gmail.com