Author Biography

Dr. Catherine Ndinda is a Chief Research Specialist in Economic Performance and Development unit of the Human Science Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa. She is an affiliate of Development Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA). She holds PhD in Social Science and MSc in Urban and Regional Planning (Development) both from Natal University. She has been a principal investigator in national and provincial studies on monitoring and evaluation in South Africa. In 2014 she was the principal investigator in the national study Baseline assessment for the future impact evaluation of informal settlements targeted for upgrading, which was also presented the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador. She has collaborated in multi-country studies covering at least six African countries (Kenya, Malawi, Cameroun, Togo, Nigeria and South Africa). Her research focus is on policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation (design assessment, baseline assessments and impact evaluations), human settlements, gender studies. Her current research focus is on post-apartheid housing policy and practice. She is currently the principal investigator in a synthesis evaluation: An evaluation of interventions by the Department of Human Settlements in facilitating access to the city for poor households. She has published widely in the field of gender studies.

Dr. Tidings P. Ndhlovu is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; and Visiting Research Fellow, Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa (UNISA). His research focuses on globalisation; entrepreneurship particularly gender and (women’s) economic empowerment; inequality and poverty; decent work and livelihoods strategies; development of crafts for exports e.g. the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Social Investment (CSI); impact of family planning programmes and xenophobic violence in South Africa. Current research interests are as follows: food (in) security and Ubuntu; Global Value Chains (GVCs); sustainable development and the green economy; migration; China’s role in Africa; land reform and human settlements in South Africa. Other research areas include the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and EU/ACP Sugar Protocol; Marxian analysis and neo-Ricardian “unequal exchange” questions; World Bank/IMF structural adjustment policies; foreign direct investment (FDIs).