Liz Karonde is a dedicated team leader who is passionate about creating communication and development content for young people in Malawi. She started her career as a Communications Officer for an arts organization in 2013, and has since worked in the creative sector in different roles. She started working for Girl Effect Malawi in 2016 as a Cast Manager and helped set up a vibrant multimedia youth brand called ‘Zathu’, meaning ‘Ours’ in Chichewa. She was responsible for managing the schedule of the core cast, who are also the faces of the brand, and traveled with them as a contact for all meetings, interviews, and performances. She then moved on to a bigger role in 2019 as Production Manager, a position she currently holds. Liz’s role involves managing the production team and overseeing all content (radio, print, digital) that goes out to ensure it is in line with brand identity. Her new interest is SBCC, and she plans to enroll in an MPH program with a focus on SBCC so she can continue developing creative content for young people with a focus on behavioral change. Additionally, Liz also volunteered as the youngest serving board member for one of the local organizations, called Malawi Scotland Partnership, between 2015 and 2017. Liz is passionate about young people and wants to expand her volunteer experience to work directly with girls in different schools near her area through a mentorship program to inspire girls to achieve their dreams.
Basimenye NhlemaMalawi (Org: Partners In Health Malawi)
Basimenye Nhlema is the Chief Operating Officer at Partners In Health, Malawi. In this capacity, she leads the operations department and heads seven sections including Supply Chain, Procurement, Distribution, Transport, IT, Infrastructure, Human Resources, and Administration. Prior to moving to Operations, Basimenye served as the Community Health Director for Partners In Health Malawi for four years. In that role, she managed the Community Health Worker (CHW) program, the Community Programs team, and the Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER), interdisciplinary teams focusing on community health in a rural and impoverished population. The CHW program had 1200+ CHWs who focused on education and health screening at the household level; the Community Programs team runs an innovative integrated screening program for sexual and reproductive health and chronic conditions among adolescents, women of childbearing age, and the general population in remote areas; and the POSER team provided support to patients’ basic social and economic needs. Basimenye was also part of a team that worked on transitioning CHWs in two pilot sites of Neno district from a paper-based system to a digital platform called Medic Mobile. Basimenye holds a Bachelor of Arts-Humanities degree in Drama and Public Administration from the University of Malawi and a Master’s of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts from Witwatersrand University, South Africa.
Constance MunyenyembeMalawi (Host: IFDC)
Constance Munyenyembe has five years of experience in the non-governmental/profit sector. She earned her Honors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Namibia. While working for Africa Agribusiness Academy as Malawi’s Country Manager, she has helped member businesses find new markets and new sources of finance for their agricultural products. As a Mandela Washington Fellow, in 2019 she co-started the Agribusiness Hub Africa Initiative. She has facilitated training for youth-led businesses in Malawi who have gained new knowledge on technologies and skills needed to expand their businesses. Through these experiences she has developed strong skills in business, mentorship and implementation. Constance enjoys focusing on topics of business/entrepreneurship and agriculture, with a strong passion for women and youth empowerment.
Host Organization: IFDC
Role at Host Organization: At IFDC, Constance will serve as a Business Development Fellow: Constance will work closely with the IFDC BD researching upcoming donor-funded projects, relevant IFDC past work in relevant countries and technical areas, and preparing marketing materials to assist in positioning IFDC within the market.
Rabecca MukhuwiraMalawi (Host: BronxWorks)
Rabecca Makhuwira is a professional and seasoned development practitioner specializing with over five years’ experience working in the non-profit sector. During her career, Rabecca has worked with three International Non-Governmental Organisations in various roles, including in monitoring and evaluation, project management, volunteering, proposal development, developing Monitoring and Evaluation systems, conducting research studies and reporting. Rabecca is also an entrepreneur in the Agriculture sector. Recently, Rabecca was working for Action Aid as Monitoring and Evaluation officer in a consortium of five non-governmental organisations. Rabecca also volunteers for Center for Women and Girls Empowerment (CEWOGE) as a Programs Director. She is very passionate about girls and women empowerment and investing in children as she believes the future of Africa lies on it. Some of the leadership roles Rabecca holds in her community include, developing effective social protection systems, motivational speaking, leadership training’s facilitation, adult literacy teaching and fundraising for needy female students. For the past two years Rabecca has impacted girl’s education by sharing her stories, encouraging female students’ dropouts to go back to school and providing scholastic materials to needy students. She is also a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumni, a program for Southern African Leaders and graduated with a certificate in public management by University of South Africa which has enhanced her authentic and transformative leadership. Through these experiences, Rabecca has been equipped with the necessary technical and leadership skills that has necessitated her to effectively deliver.
Host Organization: BronxWorks
Role at BronxWorks: With BronxWorks, Rabecca will to help strengthen the program’s effectiveness, with respect to tracking retention. This added investment in time and effort will help to increase their use metrics to track the follow-up of the income of the program participants continued employment, job promotion, increased wages and need for public supports (i.e. public assistance, transportation, childcare, etc.).
Sunga KufeyaniMalawi ( Host: Philanthropy University )
Sunga Kufeyani is a Project Management and Communications Professional. She is a Co-Founder and COO of Loving Arms Malawi a local non-profit which works with young people in areas of abuse and education, Loving is committed to victim support and raising awareness on issues of sexual violence to encourage conversations with the hope of encouraging survivors to speak up as well as encouraging girls from marginalized communities both financially and emotionally in staying in school and pursuing their dreams. Sunga is using her blog as a mode of raising awareness by sharing different stories from survivors. She is passionate about advocacy and human rights, she uses her voice to serve and empower women in marginalized communities. Sunga has worked as a National Director for 2ndMilk a US organization that works with vulnerable families in Malawi providing formula and nutrition.
Host Org: Philanthropy University
Role at Philanthropy University:
Philanthropy University operates a volunteer program that selects our most engaged and successful learners from the Global South to become “Ambassadors” on the learning platform. As Program Coordinator Sunga will work directly with the Ambassadors to refine the program, grow the scale of impact that Ambassadors have, and escalate general feedback to the Product and Operations team.
Midory Ngosi PintoMalawi (Host: Institute of Global Homelessness)
Midory has over 7 years of experience working for profit and nonprofit organizations as a Media for Development Professional and Communicator. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media for Development from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in 2010. Previously, Midory worked with Total Group in Malawi as a Communications and Marketing Officer, leading in communication and marketing activities, managing and strengthening internal and external communication platforms, campaigns and media management. Midory also actively managed the publicity of Corporate Social Responsibility projects in areas of health, agriculture, education, safety, and energy with diverse stakeholders and partners.
In 2018 Midory acted as a project lead for a 2018/19 start up challenge for social development entrepreneurship in which contestants from over 60 countries developed new startups. As a project lead, she facilitated a selection process of jury and ambassador, a call for projects application and media management, the project thus supports the Malawi Government’s efforts in reducing high youth unemployment rate. In 2011, Midory contributed towards food security in her country through an agricultural research project with WeEffect Malawi in empowering hunger-stricken households headed by men and women with best agro-forestry practices, land management knowledge, and skills using training to increase yields in drought and floods prone districts while managing the environment. Midory is keen to develop into a sustainable development change agent for her country and the Sub-Saharan Africa.
Fellow role at Institute of Global Homelessness
Midory will support the director and operations of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), working closely with a wide range of constituencies. She will be responsible for keeping IGH’s various programs working in sync, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks.
Thembi MdachiMalawi (Host: Agora Partnerships)
Thembi Mdachi has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is originally from Malawi, but spent most of her childhood years in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in International Studies. She has a strong background in conducting empirical and quantitative research and establishing metrics to track the social impact of microfinance on social and economic development in developing nations. She is interested in designing sustainable and empowering economic projects that address the root causes of poverty. In a self-designed internship in 2010, Thembi worked as a research assistant for FINCA International in Malawi, where she studied the role of micro-finance in reducing poverty and realized the vital importance of financial literacy, particularly among women, in achieving this goal. In 2011, she helped CARE International in the Malawi Economic Development Unit analyze the impact of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) through story telling. After graduating from college, she worked with early stage impact companies that are harnessing the power of business to solver critical social, economic and environmental challenges in their communities. She is dedicated to seeing more impact investing work replicated in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she feels the region has numerous untapped opportunities and talent.
Host Organization: Agora Partnerships
Role at Host Organization: Thembi will be serving at Agora Partnerships to gain more in-depth understanding of Agora’s Accelerator model and its application to poverty alleviation in Latin America. From Agora’s D.C. office, Thembi will handle most of the administrative duties of the organization, as well as support fundraising, systems management, and board development.
Grace LongweMalawi (Host: PAI)
Grace has over 4 years of experience working in the nonprofit area with focus on social development. She has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Monitor and Evaluation at Cavendish University in Zambia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from University of Malawi, Chancellor College. In 2010, Grace joined, Theatre For a Change as a volunteer, a nonprofit working in Malawi to promote behavioral change amongst groups of people that are at high risk of HIV&AIDS. Later on, she was hired to support with the monitoring and evaluation of the sex workers behavior change program where she conducted baseline and end line studies, needs assessments, and routine monitoring to help the program team make informed decisions regarding impact of the program. In 2012, Grace successfully joined Global Health Corps as an M&E Fellow at Dignitas International in Malawi for a year. Prior to becoming an Atlas Corps Fellow Grace was working with Riders for Health, an NGO working with the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Grace’s role was taking lead in managing the monitoring and evaluation framework of Riders Malawi to ensure outcomes, indicators, and donor requirements are met. In general, Grace has experience in monitoring and evaluation, project management, facilitation through experiential learning, training and planning logistics. Grace considers herself a student of life; looking out to learn from all her experiences and using them to improve herself, and where possible, help others learn and grow as well.
Host Organization: Population Action International (PAI)
Role at Host Organization: Grace will serve at Population Action International and work in the fields of subject expertise, research, strategic planning, and external representation. She will participate in producing written reports and analysis based on PAI’s strategic initiatives and make recommendations for leveraging PAI research and analysis products for the organization’s advocacy and funding purposes.