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Dr. Mulwayini Mundau


• Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, 2015) • Master of Social Science in Social Work ,University of Fort Hare, South Africa • Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Fort Hare, South Africa • Bachelor of Arts, University of Zimbabwe.

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Research Interests:

Community development, Child welfare , Poverty and Livelihoods,Social work and climate change,Social development, Monitoring and Evaluation

Faculty: Social And Behavioural Sciences
Department: Social Work
Research Category: Behavioral Sciences

Phone: +263 774 961 971

Research and Publications
1. Mundau, M & Zvomuya, W. (2021). Indigenising social work for social development: impediments and mitigations. In V. Mabvurira, A. Fahrudin, & E. Mtetwa (Eds.), Professional social work in Zimbabwe: Past present and the future, (pp.159-179). Harare: National Association of Social Workers of Zimbabwe.
2. Zvomuya, W. & Mundau, M. (2021). The effects of climate change on food security and response strategies: A case of smallholder farmers in Gokwe South District, Zimbabwe, In K. Nyikahadzoi, & L. Mhlanga (Eds.), Climate change impact, adaptation and mitigation in Zimbabwe: Case studies from Zimbabwe’s urban and rural areas,(pp.71-84). Harare: Conrad Adenauer and University of Zimbabwe.
3. Mundau, L., & Nyoni, C. (2020). Social work perspectives of the novel Coronavirus disease (Covid-19). African Journal of Social Work, 10(3), 1-3.
4. Chineka, T.S. & Mundau, M. (2020). Community Savings Group and gender equality in Zimbabwe. Journal of Development Administration, 5(2), 91-99.
5. Chineka, T., & Mundau, M. (2019). Savings Groups and Community Resilience Building as an Approach to Social Protection in Hatcliffe, Harare. Journal of Urban Systems and Innovation for Resilience in Zimbabwe, 1(1&2), 133-148.
6. Manomano, T., & Mundau, M. (2017). Preserving human dignity: Promises and pitfalls – a South African perspective. International Social Work, 60(6), 1358-1369.
7. Mundau, M. (2017). Principles of child sensitive social protection: Teaching Module. Harare: Women's University in Africa Education Service Centre.
8. Mundau, M., & Tanga, P. T. (2017). The community development workers’ programme in support of the war-on poverty programme. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development, 29(2), 1-16.
9. Mundau, M., & Tanga, P. T. (2017). Analysing the Community Development Worker (CDW) Program's impact in linking citizens to social grants on poverty alleviation: A case study of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology, 8(4), 199-208.
10. Mundau, M., & Tanga, P. T. (2016). An assessment of the level of community participation and localization of decision-making in donor-funded projects in Zimbabwe. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 15(6), 716-728.
11. Kang’ethe, S. M., Mundau, M., & Manomano, T. (2015). Exploring the extent to which Child Support Grants (CSG) meet the needs of the beneficiaries in South Africa: The case of the 2010 study in Ntselamanzi Village, Eastern Cape Province. Studies of Tribes and Tribals, 13(1), 66-72.
12. Tanga, P. T., & Mundau, M. (2014). The impact of donor-funded community empowerment projects on poverty alleviation in Zimbabwe. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 13(4), 465-480.
Conference Papers
1. Mundau, M. (2020, November ). The Effects of Climate Change on Food Security and Response Strategies: A Case of Smallholder Farmers in Gokwe South District, Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. Climate Change Impact Adaptation and Mitigation Symposium, Holiday Inn, Harare, Zimbabwe.
2. Magocha, C & Mundau, M. (2019, August 5-10). Community savings groups as an alternative for informal social security: A case of Epworth community in Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. University of Zimbabwe Research Week. Harare. University of Zimbabwe,
3. Chineka, S. T. & Mundau, M. (2019, August 5-10). The impact of community-based savings and lending schemes on household gender imbalances: a case of Hatcliffe, Harare [Paper presentation]. University of Zimbabwe Research Week, Harare,
4. Mundau, M. (2017 October 8-11). Social Work indigenization, impediments and mitigations: A case of Zimbabwe. Social work Conference [Paper presentation]. Rethinking Social Work in Africa: Decoloniality and indigenous knowledge in education and practice. OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
5. Mundau, M. (2016, October, 10). Home-Community Based Care (HCBC): An alternative practice to effective and integrated social welfare service delivery model in South Africa [Paper presentation]. Social work Colloquium, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

Community Service
• 2021 Inter-ministerial Technical Census Committee member (ITCC), Zimbabwe
• Council of Social workers- Zimbabwe, Council member 2020 to current.
• Board member: Women and Law in Southern Africa (WILSA) 2018 to current.
• Guest Editor; African Journal of Social Work, COVID-19 Special Issue 2020/2021.

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