- Chambi Chachage
- MSc in African Studies
- Doing Now
- Working as a researcher for the Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP) and as an independent journalist and policy analyst
What were you doing before you applied to the MSc?
Prior to my studies in Edinburgh, I studied psychology and African Studies at the University of Cape Town.
What were some of the best aspects of being a student in African studies at Edinburgh?
The cosmopolitan student body, engaged staff, and great sense of community.
How has the MSc programme in African Studies helped your career?
My career has received a great boost from my studies at Edinburgh. Since graduating, I have continued my passion for journalism, writing for the Mwananchi and the Citizen; I have worked as Program Officer in the Policy Analysis and Advocacy Unit of Hakielimu, in Dar-es-Salaam, where I co-wrote or co-edited several reports, including Access to Information in Tanzania: Still a Challenge, The Legal and Policy Status of Access to Information in Tanzania, and Prospects and Pitfalls of Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Tanzania: Some Key Observations. I have also worked as Coordinator of Tanzania Gender Networking Program/Feminist Activist Coalition's Gender Festival Workshop on 'The Right to Decent Employment, Sustainable Livelihoods and Livable Incomes' ; served as Co-facilitator for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Role of Non-States Actors in Governance and Anti-Corruption in Tanzania' organized by Concern for Development Initiatives in Africa (FORDIA); and served as Lead Researcher for the Concurrent IDASA Baseline Study on 'Right to Know, Right to Education' and the HakiElimu Study on 'The Role of Community in Improving Education in Tanzania' among others. I currently serve as Contributing Editor for the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).