Dr Takawira Mumvuma
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Economics, UZ; MSc Economics, UZ; PhD (international Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, the Netherlands)
Research Interests: Development Economics, Industrial Economics, Policy Reforms, SMEs Development.
Dr Mumvuma’s biography
Dr Takawira Mumvuma is a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe teaching Development Economics, Social Economics and Microeconomics. Besides lecturing at the University of Zimbabwe he has also done a lot consulting and research work locally and regionally. First he was involved in a number of short term consultancies covering various Zimbabwean manufacturing sector surveys and case studies under the Regional Programme on Enterprise Development (RPED) in Africa that was sponsored by the World Bank between 1993 and 1995. Second, he was also one of the core team members of multi-country study on the growth and transformation of small enterprises in Africa that was directed and supported by the Africa Centre for Economic growth (ACEG) based in Nairobi, Kenya in 2001-2002. Third, between 2003 and 2005, Dr Mumvuma acted as the Zimbabwean country team leader and principal researcher of Global Development Network’s (GDN) Global Research Project on “Understanding Reforms” covering 32 countries drawn from Latin America and the Caribbeans; Central and Eastern Europe; Former Soviet Union, South and East Asia and South Pacific as well as Sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. He was also appointed by GDN in 2006 to carry out a synthesis of the country papers from the African and Middle East regions from the same research project. Fourth, working with World Bank and UN Habitat, he was also heavily involved in the production of training manuals on participatory budgeting currently being used in many parts of the world. In 2010 he did some research work on “A Review of Utility Pricing in Zimbabwe; the Case of Electricity” for UNDP and in 2011 carried out a study on “Private Sector Perspectives on PPPs and their role in Infrastructural Rehabilitation and Improvement in Zimbabwe” that covered the water and sanitation; energy; transport; and ICT sectors for ZNCC that was sponsored by the Confederation of Swedish Industries. Finally in 2015, he carried out a study on Corruption in Local Governance and Traditional Institutions in Africa that was commissioned by the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In addition to the above assignments, Dr Mumvuma has over the years also authored and co-authored many book chapters, on municipal service delivery issues, corruption, enterprise competitiveness, local economic development, economic policy reforms, including those on participatory budgeting and social accountability in Africa.
- Mumvuma, T (forthcoming), Globalization and the Role of Urban Cities in Enhancing Firm Competitiveness in Zimbabwe, University of Zimbabwe Publishers, Harare
- Mumvuma, T (2016), Corruption in Local Governance and Traditional Institutions in Africa, Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Mumvuma, T (2016), ‘Enhancing service delivery at the local level in Zimbabwe: challenges and futures prospects’, in Gomez, G.M and P. Knorringa (Eds), Local governance, economic development and institutions, Palgrave, Macmillan
- Mumvuma, T, (2011) “A Review of Utility Pricing in Zimbabwe: the Case of Electricity”, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Working Paper, UNDP, Zimbabwe Country Office
- Mumvuma, T (2009) Building Political Will for Participatory Budgeting; a Case of Mutoko Rural District Council ‘s Participatory Budgeting Initiative” in From Political Won’t to Political Will: Nurturing Support for Participatory Governance, Carmen Malena (ed), Kurmarian Press, Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, USA.
- Matovu, G and T. Mumvuma (2008) Participatory Budgeting in Africa: A Training Companion, With Cases from Eastern and Southern Africa; Volume 2, Facilitation Methods, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya.
- Matovu, G and T. Mumvuma (2008) Participatory Budgeting in Africa: A Training Companion, With Cases from Eastern and Southern Africa; Volume 1, Concepts and Principles, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya
- Ngaruko, F and T. Mumvuma (2006), “Stalled and Partial Reforms: Understanding Reform in Africa and the Middle East”, in Understanding Market Reforms Volume 2: Motivation, Implementation and Sustainability, Gary Macmohan and Jose Fannelli (Eds), London, Palgrave Publishers Ltd.
- Mmcneil, M and T. Mumvuma (2006) “Demanding Good Governance: A Stocktaking of Social Accountability Initiatives by Civil Society in Anglophone Africa”, Washington D.C., World Bank Institute.
- Mumvuma, T, C. Mujajati and B. Mufute (2006) “Understanding Economic Reforms: The Case of Zimbabwe” in Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: A Tale of Seven Nations, J. Mensah (Ed), London, Palgrave Publishers Ltd.
- Mumvuma, T, J.W. Kombe and M. Ndubiwa (2006) “Enhancing Local Government Capacity for Effective Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction in Africa: A Synthesis of the Research Methodology and Key Findings” in Enhancing Local Government Capacity for Effective Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction in Africa, T. Mumvuma, J.W. Kombe and M. Ndubiwa (eds), Harare, Sable Press Pvt, Ltd.
- Mumvuma, T (2005) Civic Participation in Sub-national Policy and Budgetary Decisión Making Proceses: A Systematization of National Framework Conditions of Selected African Countries; Washington, D.C. World Bank Institute;
- Mumvuma, T (2005) Sub-national Experiences of Civic Participation in Policy Making and Budgetary Processes: A Case Study of Kabwe Municipal Council, Zambia; Washington, D.C. World Bank Institute;
- Mumvuma, T (2004) Civic Participation in Sub-national Policy and Budgetary Decisión Making Proceses: The Zambian National Framework Conditions, Washington, D.C. World Bank Institute;
- Mumvuma, T (2003) “SADC” in Trade Traps, Debt Throes and Escape Routes, B. Posthumus (Ed), Amsterdam, Published by the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa.
- Hoogeveen, H and T. Mumvuma (2002) “Manufacturing export performance, macroeconomic adjustment and the role of networks” in Industrial Change in Africa: Micro Evidence on Zimbabwean Firms Under Structural Adjustment, J.W. Gunning and R.H Oostendorp (eds), London, Palgrave Publishers Ltd.
- Mumvuma, T (2000) Institutions, Contracting Behaviour and Small Firm Dynamics in Zimbabwe: A Microeconomic Perspective, Published Ph.D. Thesis, Maastricht, Shaker Publishing BV
- Mumvuma, T and H. Zhou (1995) “Constraints to Capacity Utilization” in The manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe: Industrial change under structural adjustment, J.W. Gunning & C. Mumbengegwi (eds), Free University Amsterdam and University of Zimbabwe.
- W. Gunning, T. Mumvuma and M. Pomp (1994) “Investment and Capacity Utilization” in The manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe: Dynamics and constraints, J.W. Gunning (Ed), Free University Amsterdam and University of Zimbabwe.