Tendai Murisa, International Resident Researcher

Tendai Murisa is an international resident researcher at the Kettering Foundation. He is a development practitioner and researcher in the areas of agency, social movements, philanthropy, NGOs, and pro-poor development across Africa.

Murisa has more than 15 years of experience working across Africa, initially as a research fellow at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (now rebranded as the Sam Moyo Africa Institute for Agrarian Studies-SMAIAS). In 2009, Murisa joined the Dakar-based TrustAfrica (a pan-African foundation) as a program officer responsible for the agriculture advocacy project and also took on more portfolios over time, including the work against illicit financial flows out of the continent. He rose through the ranks to become program director and eventually executive director of TrustAfrica.

Murisa left TrustAfrica in April 2017 and has since, working together with others, established SIVIO Institute, a policy research institute focused on enhancing citizen-based and led processes of democratizing Zimbabwe beyond elections. Since its inception in January 2009, the new institute has developed an online based dashboard (www.zimcitizenswatch.org) that tracks government effectiveness.

Murisa has published extensively on agency, agrarian reforms (especially in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa), citizens and civil society, financial inclusion, social entrepreneurship, and social policy in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. He has also edited three books on Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. Murisa is a blogger, and his recent blogs can be accessed at www.beyondthecrises.org and at www.tendaimurisa.org.

Murisa was educated at the University of Zimbabwe (BSc Hons, political science), Leeds University (MA, development studies) and Rhodes University (DPhil, sociology).