Asiyati Chiweza is Associate Professor who joined the Department in 1996 as a Lecturer after working as an Assistant Finance Officer in the Central Administration Office of the University of Malawi. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Curtin University, Western Australia based on thesis titled ‘Democracy, Decentralization and Development in Malawi’, a Masters Degree in Public Administration, from Dalhousie University, Canada and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from the University of Malawi.
Her fields of research and expertise include Decentralization and Local governance, Local government management, Public policy, Development Administration, Public Financial Management, and Public Sector Reform. She also has an interest in gender issues as it relates to governance. Asiyati has over the years taught a variety of courses such as Public Financial Management, Public Policy Analysis, Local Government and Administration, Public Sector Reform, Research Methods and Development Administration.
Asiyati has been a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Australian International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS, 2003), and the World Bank Robert McNamara Research Fellowship (1998). Asiyati has vast experience in conducting research and consultancy assignments in the public sector at the local and international level including training and workshop facilitation assignments. In this regard, she has worked with a variety of organizations including Ministry of Local Government, Department of Human Resource Management and Development, Malawi Parliament, National Local Government Finance Committee, UNDP, World Bank, UNCDF, GTZ-Malawi German Programme for Democracy and Decentralization, IDASA, ODI, MEJN etc.
She also served as the Coordinator of the MA in Political Science Programme and the Team leader of the Decentralization and State Formation thematic group in the Malawi Democracy Consolidation Research project, a joint research project between Department of Political and Administrative Studies and Department of Comparative Politics of University of Bergen.
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