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Nqobani Liberty Tshabangu

I am Nqobani Liberty Tshabangu from Zimbabwe, a 2018/ 2019 Chevening scholar at the University of Bradford.

I am studying Master of Arts in Peace, Conflict and Development. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Economic History with the University of Zimbabwe.

I have over 5 years experience in democracy and governance issues in Zimbabwe. I worked for youth led organisation National Youth Development Trust from 2011- 2013 as a research and policy advisor. Key to my contribution during this period were policy debates and briefs on youth funds, national peace and reconciliation processes in Zimbabwe as well as advocating for inclusive and participatory approaches for young people in electoral
processes. Additionally, during those years I had an opportunity to be an interim coordinator of a 9 member civil society coalition in Western part Zimbabwe.

Currently, I work for Transparency International Zimbabwe a local chapter, which is part of the global movement against corruption. I have led anti-corruption community initiatives with a particular focus on youth capacity building and programming. I have contributed in civil society debate papers and publications on devolution of power as well as a broad analysis on corruption and culture in Zimbabwe.

Studying in UK through Chevening Scholarship is a lifetime opportunity. This is so because I have an opportunity to interact with global leaders in various platforms and engage with the academics in peace and conflict studies. I look forward to learning from a cultural diverse community at Bradford.

I hope this year’s experience will enhance my career and strengthen the networks which I will continue to use in my home country.

Hobbies: I like traveling, football fan and music (I am taking up mbiraand guitar lessons)

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