Author: Chimwemwe Manyozo

My Chevening Journey: Signing Out

In September,2015, I arrived in the United Kingdom(UK). This was after sorting out the English requirement test complications that almost made me lose my scholarship. After interacting with other scholars, I got to learn many scholars had similar experiences. So my advice to the 2016/17 Cohort is, sort out your English test requirements as soon as possible. I began my journey in the UK, with getting lost due to the new environment. Good thing, I found a helpful school and faith community that ga [...]

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The Story of How I got the Chevening Scholarship

I worked hard. I approached a lot of people to make sure that I get this scholarship. I kept pushing all my referees to draft that reference letter. I did not want anything to stand in the way of my scholarship. I finally submitted the application. Then, I waited for feedback. Hours turned into days, and days into months. Lastly, I got the email.   It read as follows: An enormous number of qualified candidates applied for these awards. An independent shortlisting panel was formed to assess appli [...]

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Review of Zathu Band previous performances, and Stories from the road

I loved Zathu band, because someday I would like to be a musician-Bisa Primary School Zathu band has been in Malawi since April 2017  Zathu and has performed in various places. In October 2017, Zathu had Roadshows to launch season 2  of Zathu pa Wailesi radio programme. The roadshow consisted of 9 days on the road, back to back schedule of events, almost daily, in 10 schools, 10 towns across Zomba, Machinga, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Zathu recently launched their album, Chinzathu Ichichi. You can down [...]

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Kabaza, Road Safety and Livelihood

I will start by putting it out there that I am a fan of Kabaza. After riding Kabaza to and from work with my Kabaza man for almost two years, I came to appreciate the benefits of Kabaza, especially the part where the Kabaza man and I had a monthly payment arrangement. I know, I am not the only who has benefitted greatly from Kabaza. Mobility is a challenge especially in Lilongwe with its limited minibuses routes - routes that work for those who have private transport, but not those who do not ow [...]

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Can Men be Raped or Be Victims of Sexual Abuse?

Sexual violence is as old as human species themselves. Much as sexual violence is well-publicised, research, advocacy and development programmes have mainly focused on sexual victimisation of women and girls. Rape is indeed one of the most heinous in the extended family of sexual crimes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) an estimated 35% of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence which includes rape. As the campaign against sexual violence rages on, there are increasing c [...]

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SDG 4 Education: Necessary ambition or misplaced folly?

By Sarabe Chan, Chimwemwe Manyozo   Many have criticised the Sustainable Development Goals for being overly broad and unrealistic. While a certain degree of ambition is necessary to drive changes, the fourth SDG (SDG4) on education already bears ten targets, touching on issues such as primary and secondary education, vocational and technical training, teacher training and so forth. While the goal attempts to address the important issues, it also faces the risk of lacking focus. The topic of [...]

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Research and evidence for DFID: the role for evidence in new aid strategy

By Sarabe Chan, Chimwemwe Manyozo, Sarah King   In November 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) announced a new aid strategy that strongly positions UK aid as 'tackling global challenges in the national interest'. The four new strategic objectives are: strengthening global peace, security and governance, strengthening resilience and response to crisis, promoting global prosperity, and tackling extreme poverty.                 [...]

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The Evolution of Rights Based Education and its Challenges

By Sarabe Chan, Chimwemwe Manyozo   NGO approaches to education have evolved from a needs-based approach to the present day’s rights-based approach, what were the key steps? What is the most effective response to the continued underfunding of public education systems in many developing countries? How should NGOs respond to the increase of for-profit low-quality private schools? IDS Students, Sarabe Chan and Chimwemwe Manyozo, reflect on the Sussex Development Lecture, ‘The Evolution of Righ [...]

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