Dr Takawira Mumvuma is a Senior lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe teaching Development Economics, Social Economics and Microeconomics. Besides lecturing at the University of Zimbabwe he has also done a lot consulting and research work locally and regionally. First, he was also involved in a number of short term consultancies covering various Zimbabwean manufacturing sector surveys and case studies under the Regional Programme on Enterprise Development (RPED) in Africa that was sponsored by the World Bank between 1993 and 1995. Second, he was also one of the core team members of multi-country study on the growth and transformation of small enterprises in Africa that was directed and supported by the Africa Centre for Economic growth (ACEG) based in Nairobi, Kenya in 2001-2002. Third, between 2003 and 2005, Dr Mumvuma acted as the Zimbabwean country team leader and principal researcher of Global Development Network’s (GDN) Global Research Project on “Understanding Reforms” covering 32 countries drawn from Latin America and the Caribbeans; Central and Eastern Europe; Former Soviet Union, South and East Asia and South Pacific as well as Sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.
He was also appointed by GDN in 2006 to carry out a synthesis of the country papers from the African and Middle East regions from the same research project. Fourth, working with World Bank and UN Habitat, he was also heavily involved in the production of training manuals on participatory budgeting currently being used in many parts of the world. Finally, in 2010 he did some research work on “A Review of Utility Pricing in Zimbabwe; the Case of Electricity” for UNDP and in 2011 carried out a study on “Private Sector Perspectives on PPPs and their role in Infrastructural Rehabilitation and Improvement in Zimbabwe” that covered the water and sanitation; energy; transport; and ICT sectors for ZNCC that was sponsored by the Confederation of Swedish Industries.
In addition to the above assignments, Dr Mumvuma has over the years also authored and co-authored many book chapters, and on municipal service delivery issues, local economic development, economic policy reforms, including those on participatory budgeting and social accountability in Africa.