Mpho Letima holds a Teachers Certificate in Home Economics and Agriculture from National Teacher Training College (a.k.a Lesotho College of Education;LCE). She also holds a Bachelor of Education in Development Studies and English Language from the National University of Lesotho and a Masters of Education in Research and Evaluation. She is a Carl Malmberg Fellow from the University of Pittsburgh on Research and Evaluation with interests on Women’s health, Culturally Responsive Arts Education and Community Based Public Administration.

She has gained experience working in academia as a lecturer and being a practitioner working as a HIV&AIDS, Gender, and Cultural Entrepreneurship activist. She has been part of Lesotho mediation processes from 2011-2012 and continues to be an Independent Election Commission conciliator. 

 

Her experience spans from working on projects supported by local, regional and international partnerships such as World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Network, and Consortium for International Management and Public Administration (CIMPAD). She has founded and co-founded community focused organizations that address social accountability, quality of life awareness, gender responsiveness, environmental friendliness and cultural entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Arts, Cultural heritage and contemporary identity play a role in informing her approach to sustainable development. Mpho has co-published an article on;"Engaging Thaba Tseka Young People in Lesotho Public Service Activities: Paray High School Drama Group Case Study," African Social Science Review: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 7. She also presented a paper at the MenEngage Global Conference in New York titled: “Status of Women in Lesotho “Policy VS Practice” to facilitate further dialogues on binaries of the gender agenda.  
Mpho is thankful for the fellowship opportunity by African Leadership Centre in partnership with Kings College London supported by African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).

Research Interests

  • Social Accountability for sustainable development
  • Peace, Security and Entrepreneurship
  • Public Policy and Gender Responsiveness

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