Fellows & Grantees

Mandipa Machacha

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa 2021-2022
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
University of Pretoria


Mandipa Machacha is a feminist development practitioner with a comprehensive range of skills acquired from having worked for the Botswana government, the non-profit sector, and the United Nations. Passionate about social justice (gender-justice in particular), she has worked for over 10 years either for or supporting activist groups, donors, and international organizations to deepen analysis, shape policy, and refine interventions that defend minority and women’s rights, with the overarching goal of developing strategies that will enable us to build intersectional feminist futures. This work has included human rights advocacy, humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution, sustainable development initiatives, curriculum development, advisory roles as well as training, facilitation, and capacity building. 
Machcha holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of Cape Town. A Master of Laws (Public International Law) from the University of London and a Master’s in Public Administration (International Development) from the University of York. She is currently completing her Doctor of Laws in Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria (Centre for Human Rights), a role which has transitioned her into the field of scholar-activism where she intends to further contribute to social activism through research and knowledge production.