About Fletcher Tembo
Dr. Fletcher Tembo is Director for the Mwananchi Social Accountability Research and Learning firm based in Malawi and the United Kingdom, as well as a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He specializes in using Political Economy Analysis (PEA) approaches to solve practical collective action problems, developing theories of change and monitoring and evaluation frameworks for development programmes especially in the area of transparency and accountability initiatives. He is currently Team Leader for the Monitoring and Evaluation design and implementation for the Mozambique Civil Society Support Foundation (MASC), the Independent Monitoring and Evaluation Project of the Zambia Accountability Programme (Evaluation Team is commissioned by DFID Zambia under WYG), and leads ODI’s role in the M&E of the Kenya Drivers of Accountability Programme. He is also the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Independent Research Mechanism (IRM) researcher for Malawi and is conducting research with the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) on ‘the place of popular participation in the democratic developmental states paradigm in Africa’. He is a member of the Political Economy Advisory Group (PEAG) for the Tilitonse Governance Programme in Malawi and is responsible for PEA support on the ODI Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme –led project on Youth Livelihoods programme that is implemented in Uganda and Ghana.
He worked as a full time Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) from January 2007 to September 2013, This included designing and managing a five-year DFID-funded Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) action research programme operating in six African countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Zambia. Prior to this, he spent several years researching on models of donor support to civil society. He also actively researched and managed advocacy campaigns on aid effectiveness and domestic accountability especially focusing on policies of the European Union, the UK’s Department for International Development and the World Bank/IMF.
He holds a PhD in International and Rural development from the University of Reading and has published widely including a book on ‘Participation, Negotiation and Poverty’ in 2003, and more recently, a number of publications on social accountability.