Pempelani Mufune

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Pempelani Mufune

    Pempelani Mufune

    Department of Sociology

    University of Namibia

    P/Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia

    Office (264-61) 206 3809




Summary of Qualifications

    ; Strong administrative and Supervisory skills gained while working as Assistant Dean

    at the University of Zambia, Head of the Department of Sociology and coordinator of

    the Population and Development Project at the University of Namibia. Additional

    skills gained as manager of the Bristol Myers Squibb Secure the Future NGO Institute

    Review Meetings project.

    ; Proven skills in report writing, literature and analytical reviews ; Extensive knowledge of the SADC region and its development policies and


    ; Proven skills in evaluative and programmatic research and Training activities ; Extensive experience in relating to Funding Organizations, governmental agencies

    and community organizations

    ; Extensive experience working in a multi-cultural setting and leading multi-

    disciplinary teams


; Ph.D. (Sociology) Michigan State University (USA), 1986

    ; Master of Arts (Sociology) Michigan State University (USA), 1982

    ; B. A., University of Zambia, 1979. Major in Sociology; minor in Psychology.

    Graduated with a Distinction

Work Experience

    Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Namibia, [Nov1998- Dec 2004].

    ; Duties: Coordinating the Population and Development Program of the University

    supervise teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students

    ; Major achievements: published research on adolescent and youth sexual

    behaviour that led to IEC material development. Completed Baseline research on

    Adolescent and Youth sexual Behaviour. My department one of the best

    performing departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with 2

    books published by it. Invited by Namibian Government to participate in

    Population and Development Panels. Invited by UNAIDS to be local counterpart

    for “Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS” in Namibian Organizations.

    Associate Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, University of Namibia, [Sept 1995 Nov 1998]

    ; Duties: Supervised teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students

    ; Major achievements: changed the curricular of the sociology department to suit

    post independence circumstances as new courses on development and research

    were brought in. Student enrolment in sociology increased. Researching and

    writing a major document on AIDS in rural Namibia embraced by the country and

    quoted in all HIV/AIDS work in the country

Senior Lecturer, University of Botswana 1991- 1995

    ; Duties: taught courses in rural sociology, industrial sociology, sociology of

    development and research methods. Engaged in research and consultancies

    ; Major achievements: among the team that produced Botswana’s Youth Policy.

    Published a number of articles in highly acclaimed journals.

Lecturer, University of Zambia 1986- 1991

    ; Duties: Taught various sociology courses

    ; Asked to be assistant Dean (Post-graduate) of the School of Humanities and

    Social Sciences

Management Experience (University of Namibia)

    ; Manage the department of Sociology staff consisting of six highly qualified

    professionals from USA, German, England and Namibia

    ; Manage the Bristol Myers Squibb Secure the Future NGO Institute project on Review

    Meetings involving the five southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho,

    Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland

    ; Help identifying mobilization, training, research and institutional needs of the


    ; Budgeted for the departmental and faculty educational and research programmes. ; Evaluated the University’s urban development program (1997). Report and

    recommendations accepted.

List of professional societies and activities in civic, public or international affairs


    1 President of the Southern African Universities Social science Conference

    (SAUSSC). This is the premier social science organization in the Southern

    African Development Community region. I have helped organize a number of its

    annual conferences including the ones in Zimbabwe (1993) and South Africa

    (1996). As a matter of fact I co-wrote the funded proposal for the 17th SAUSSC

    held in Zimbabwe.

    2 External Examiner: Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar-es-

    Salaam (2000 to present); Sociology Department at the National University of

    Lesotho (1996- 1999).

    3 Assessor Masters students’ thesis: University of Botswana’s Sociology

    Department [2002 Present] and the Department of Sociology of the University

    of the North, South Africa [1998 - 2002].

    4 Social science representative to the UNESCO social science sector committee of

    Zambia (1987-91). I advised on how best UNESCO would promote the social

    science sector in Zambia

5 Member, Editorial advisory Board of International Sociology: Journal of the

    International Sociological Association (ISA) [1993- 2004].

    6 Co-organized an International Conference on Youth in Commonwealth Africa in

    Lusaka, March 1992 held under the auspices of the Commonwealth Youth

    Program (CYP). Advised the CYP on strategies for dealing with youth

    unemployment in Africa.

    7 Member of The Population and Development Strategy Unit of the National

    Planning Commission of the Republic of Namibia (1998 to present). This links

    the government’s National Development Commission to UNFPA.

Selected list of significant publications I have written (not attached)

Refereed Journals (selected from over 25)

    1. "The Male Involvement Program and Men's sexual and reproductive health in

    Northern Namibia" Current Sociology 2009, Vol. 57 (2): 231-248.

    2. "Stakeholder perceptions and attitudes towards sexual and reproductive health

    (SRH) education in Namibia" Sex Education Vol. 8 No. 2, 2008 pages 145-157.

    3. “Myths about Condoms and HIV/AIDS in Rural Northern Namibia”

    International Social Science Journal No. 186 December 2005, PP 675-686

    4. “Changing Patterns of Sexuality in Northern Namibia: Implications for the

    Transmission of HIV/AIDS” Culture Health and Sexuality Vol. 5 No. 5 Pp.

    425-438. 2003

    5. “African Culture and Managerial Behavior: ” South African Journal of

    Business Management Vol. 34 No. 3 September 2003, Pp. 233-243

    6. “Agencies and Structures Facilitating the Transmission of HIV/AIDS in Northern

    Namibia” Society in Transition Vol. 32 No. 1 2001 (Co-author)

    7. “Street Youth in Southern Africa” International Journal of Social Sciences Vol.

    52 No. 164 June 2000, Pp. 233-243

    8. “Youth and Development in southern Africa: Achievements and Challenges for

    the Social Sciences” Development Southern Africa Vol. 16 No 2 Winter 1999

    Pp 357-69

    9. “Motivation, Integrity, Accountability and Performance in NGOs: the Case of

    NGOCC in Zambia” Community Development Journal 1996, 31 Pp 20-31 (Co-


    10. “Perceptions of Organizational Opportunity and Power by Women and Men in

    Zambian Management” South African Journal of Sociology 1995, 26 Pp 46-53

    11. “Youth Policy and Programmes in the SADC Countries of Botswana, Swaziland

    and Zambia: A Comparative Assessment” International Social Work, 1994,

    37Pp 239-263 (Co-author)

    12. “Attitudes Towards Risky Sexual Behavior and Reactions to People Infected with

    HIV Among Zambian Students” International Family Planning Perspectives

    1993, 19 Pp 25-28

    13. “Youths and the Problems of Social life in Africa” International Journal of

    Adolescence and Youth 1991 (Co-author)

Book Chapters (selected out of 20)

    1 “Ethnicity, Power and Social Exclusion in Namibia” in Mulinge, M and P Mufune

    (eds.) Debt Relief Initiatives and Poverty Alleviation: Lessons from Africa.

    Africa Institute of South Africa 2003 Pp358-395

    2 “Youth in Namibia: Social Exclusion and Poverty” in Winterfeldt, V., T Fox and

    P Mufune (eds.) Namibia Sociology Society University of Namibia Press 2002

    3 “Social Scientific Explanations of the AIDS Pandemic in Africa” in Hope, K (ed)

    AIDS and Development in Africa: A Social Science Perspective The Harworth

    Press New York 1999 Pp21-36

    4 “The Fostering of Children and Youth in Botswana” in Matthew Colton and

     Margaret Williams (eds.) The World of Foster Care: An International

     Source-book on Foster Family Care Systems Ashgate Publishing Ltd

     1997 Pp 21-39 (Co-author)

Books and Monographs

1 Debt Relief Initiatives and Poverty Alleviation: Lessons from Africa. Africa

    Institute of South Africa Publishers Pretoria 2003 (Co-editor)

    2 Namibia Sociology/Society University of Namibia Press Windhoek 2002 (Co-


    3 Supervisory Women and Men in Zambian Work Organizations Printing and

    Publishing Corporation Gaborone, 1993 (Co-author)

    4 Youth and Community Work Practices: Methods, Techniques and Skills

    Mission Press/Commonwealth Youth Program, Lusaka/London (Co-editor). 5 Guidelines for Youth Field Workers Zambia Printing and Publishing Co. Lusaka,

    1991, (Co-author)

    Evaluative Research, Consultancy and Reports (selected out of 20)

    1. Northern Regions Livestock Development Project (NOLIDEP) Review. Presented

    to Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development (MAWRD) of the

    Government of Namibia and IFAD 2004

    2. HIV/AIDS and Social Sciences - Namibia Background Paper for KIT Netherlands


    3. Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Namibia. Presented to FAO Windhoek 2003

    4. Review of The MTPII: the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS in Namibia

    Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) Windhoek 2002

    5. Understanding the Impact and Expanding the Response of the farming sector to

    HIV/AIDS. Presented to FAO Windhoek 2002

    6. Basic Highlights of the Mid-Decade Goals Survey (Incorporated in the Intercensal

    Demographic Survey) (Report to UNICEF, Windhoek, Namibia) 1999

    7. The External Environment Affecting Independent Media in the SADC Region

     (Report to the Media Institute of Southern Africa) 1998

    8. An Anthropological Assessment of Health Care and Health Behavior in North

     Western Namibia (report to French Co-operation and the Ministry of Health and

     Social Services) 1998


    Professor Lengwe Mwansa, Head, Department of Social Work, University of Botswana, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone, Botswana. Email:

    Professor Kwaku Osei-Hwedie, Department of Social Work, University of Botswana, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone, Botswana. Email:

    Mr Sam Kwesi Amoo, Dean, School of Law, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia.

    Professor Kingo Mchombu, Head, Department of Communication and Information, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia. Email:

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