BA (Pub. Admn) Mlw, BPA (Hons), MPA Stell, PhD (Western Cape)
Happy Kayuni is Professor in University of Malawi’s Political and Administrative Studies Department and holds a PhD (Political Science) from University of the Western Cape. He joined the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, in 2002 as Staff Associate after working for some time as Research Assistant in various research projects under Center for Social Research, Center for Language Studies, Gender Policy Unit and Save the Children (US) - in collaboration with University of North Carolina. He also worked as Programme Manager for Women’s World Banking-Malawi Affiliate. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) Distinction from the University of Stellenbosch obtained in 2004. During his studies, he won several awards such as the South African Embassy Study Bursary Award (during the second year of his studies in the University of Malawi), Stellenbosch’s Postgraduate Merit Bursary Award (at the completion of his honours degree), School of Public Planning and Management’s Student of the Year Award (DUK-Student 2005) and the prestigious PricewaterhouseCooper Award for being the best MPA student. He has co-edited books and authored (or co-authored) over forty peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as over a hundred research/consultancy reports and conference papers. His publications are in the following areas: public sector governance, ethnicity, gender in politics, public sector reform and management, public policy and development. In relation to training programmes, Happy has facilitated numerous Team Building programmes for various local governments and ministries in Malawi. He has also been involved in training Malawian members of parliament under the Democracy Consolidation Programme. Happy is also a trained SADC-PF Elections Observer. Together with his colleague in the department, Happy facilitated and drafted the ‘Malawi Community Development Policy’. He also assisted in the drafting of the ‘Malawi Refugee Policy’ and the ‘Malawi NGO Policy’.