Executive Director

Dr. Clement Chipenda

Dr. Chipenda is the Founder and Executive Director of AfriFuture Research and Development Trust. Concurrently he is a Research Associate with the South African Research Chair in Social Policy (University of South Africa) and was a 2020 Research Fellow with the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, Global Dynamics in Social Policy (Collaborative Research Centre 1342) at the University of Bremen (Germany). His current research interests are in social policy, agrarian political economy, citizenship, child rights, social protection, youth development and gender studies. He has been awarded several research grants from international organizations and has published several book chapters and journal articles in the Canadian Journal of African Studies, Africa Review, African Identities, Journal of Comparative Family Studies and African Journal of Economic and Management Studies. He is a holder of a DPhil in Sociology with the University of South Africa, an MSc in Development Studies (NUST) and a BSc Sociology Honours Degree (UZ). Dr. Chipenda has over 15 years work experience in government, civil society organizations and academia. He has worked for Save the Children, the Department of Social Welfare and University of South Africa (as Programme Officer, Child Protection Officer, Social Welfare Officer and Research Fellow respectively). Dr. Chipenda has extensive research experience and skills in livelihoods assessment and analysis; communication and organising; report writing; qualitative and quantitative research; project planning and development as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Research Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2020 – Awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship by the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, Global Dynamics in Social Policy (Collaborative Research Centre 1342) at the University of Bremen (Germany), for the co-development of an academic paper on the historical development of food security policies in South Africa and limited teaching.

2020 – Awarded a three-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with the SARChI Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, School of Transdisciplinary Research, University of South Africa.

2020 – Grant Winner of the Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) Network Small Grants Programme on Covid-19 in the Project titled: Food Systems and Rural Livelihoods in Africa.

2020 – Awarded a small research grant to produce the Zimbabwe Country Report on Covid-19 Response titled ‘Zimbabwe’s Social Policy Response to Covid:19: Addressing the Pandemic in a Crisis Context’ by the German Science Foundation’s Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy”, SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy. University of Bremen, Germany

2019 – Grant winner of the Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) Network Small Grants Programme. A research grant awarded by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation through the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS, University of the Western Cape) and administered through the University of South Africa. Mentor: Professor Issa Shivji

2019 – Awarded a research grant to produce a working paper titled ‘The Trajectory of Food Security Policies in South Africa: 1910-1994: The Persistence of Food Subsidies,’ for the University of Bremen by Dr. Alex Veit of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, Global Dynamics of Social Policy (Collaborative Research Centre 1342), University of Bremen, Germany.

2018 – Grant winner of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative – Southern Africa (A global initiative to understand and defend against authoritarian populism and to analyse and promote emancipatory politics in rural areas). Grant awarded by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS, University of the Western Cape) and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-Brussels.

2018 – Awarded a travel Grant to make a conference presentation at 42nd World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology. Grant awarded by the International Institute of Sociology, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Mastercard Foundation.

2018– Awarded a travel grant to make a presentation at the Zimbabwe-Netzwerk Seminar and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Public Lecture on Youth and Agriculture in Bonn, Bielefeld and Bremen Germany.

2014 – Awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship with the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa under the “Social Policy Dimensions of Land and Agrarian Reform Project”.



Chipenda, C. (2020). The Youth After Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Exploring the Redistributive and Social Protection Outcomes from a Transformative Social Policy Perspective. Canadian Journal of African Studies African Studies. Vol: 54 (3) pp, 497-518. https://doi.org/10.1080/00083968.2019.1648308 

Chipenda, C. (2020). The social and cultural dynamics of Zimbabwe’s land reform programme on the ‘new generation’ of farmers: A transformative social policy perspective, African Identitieshttps://doi.org/10.1080/14725843.2020.1813553 

Chipenda, C. (2020). Land Reform, Citizenship and aliens in Zimbabwe. Africa Reviewhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09744053.2020.1731670 

Tom, T & Chipenda, C. (2020). COVID-19, Lockdown and the Family in Zimbabwe, Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol 51, No 3-4, pp.288-300. https://doi.org/10.3138/jcfs.51.3-4.005  

Shoko, M., Dziva, C., Landa, N.M., and Chipenda, C. (2020). Unpacking the Potential of the off-farm Rural Economy: A Study of Women’s Entrepreneurial Activities in the Solevele Resettlement Area of Mwenezi, Masvingo. In Mashingaidze, T. M., Ngoshi, H.T., and Nyawo, V.Z., (eds). Beyond the Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Struggles, Prospects, Projections and Myths. Harare: Midlands State University Press and African Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue & Tolerance Studies. ISBN 978-0-7974-6119-2

Chipenda, C., and Tom T (2019). The Generational Questions after Land Reform in Zimbabwe: A Social Reproduction Perspective. African Journal of Economic and Management Studies. Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 403-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJEMS-02-2019.00728  

Chipenda, C (2019). Emergent Social and Economic Relations after Land Reform: Exploring the Farm Compound System in Zimbabwe. Bangladesh ejournal of Sociology (Journal of the Bangladesh Sociological Association), 16 (1) pp147-167. ISSN-1819-8465

Tom, T., and Chipenda, C (2019). Local Grassroots Mechanisms for Justice, Peace-building and Social Cohesion in Zimbabwe’s New Farm Communities. In E. Benyera (ed), Indigenous, Traditional and Non-State Transitional Justice in Southern Africa: Namibia and Zimbabwe. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4985-9282-6

Chipenda, C (2019). Redistributive Land Reform as a Social Policy Instrument: An Alternative Strategy for Women Empowerment in the Global South. In M.N. Raste, B. Bhattacharya and S. Bhattacharya (eds), Strategies and Dimensions for Women Empowerment. Orange (Australia), Central West Publishing. ISBN (Print) 978-1-925823-45-5, ISBN (e-book) 978-1-925823-44-8

Tom, T., and Chipenda, C (2019). Moving Beyond the Neo-Imperial Lamentations over Decolonising African Land and its Environments: The Model of Zimbabwe as the Future. In A. Nhemachena and M. Mawere (eds), Neocroclimatism in a Spectral World (Disorder?): Rain Petitioning, Climate and Weather Engineering in 21st Century Africa. Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG. ISBN 10:9956-550-46-9

Chipenda, C., and Tom, T., (2018) The Vacuity of the Responsibility to Protect. Insecurities and Social Protection in Zimbabwe. In: M. Mawere and A. Nhemachena (eds), Thinking Security in an Emergent New World Order: Retracing the Contours for Africa’s Future. Bamenda: Langaa Research and Publication CIG. ISBN: 10-9956-764-11-6

Chipenda, C (2018). After Land Reform in Zimbabwe: An Exploration of the Gender Dimensions. In S. Chandra and U. Chatterjee (eds), Harmony with Nature: Illusions and Elusions from Geographers’ Perspectives in the 21st Century. Dantan: Bhatter College Publication Series. ISBN: 978-81933142-1-0

Chipenda, C., 2017. Livelihood Resilience and Diversity in the face of Socio-Economic Challenges: Exploring the Experiences of Urban Youth in Harare (Zimbabwe). Bangladesh ejournal of Sociology (Journal of the Bangladesh Sociological Association), 14 (1) pp 47-69. ISSN-1819-8465