Centro de Pesquisas sobre Governação e Desenvolvimento | Centre for Research on Governance and Development


Carlos Shenga

Position: Director

Carlos Shenga holds a Ph.D. in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  His thesis compared the Mozambique legislature over a 15 year period between 1995 and 2005 to better understand the process of legislative development and performance.  It analysed the extent to which the legislature was able to recruit better qualified legislators; create rules of procedures, internal structures, working conditions, capacity and autonomy; and improve performance in law making, oversight and representation.

Carlos collaborates with the CNEP (Comparative National Election Project) and CSES (Comparative Study of Electoral Systems) research survey networks.  He is also a regional manager of the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) project and previously led the implementation of the Afrobarometer public attitude surveys on the quality of democracy and governance in Mozambique, as the National Investigator of the Afrobarometer Network in the country, 2008-2013.

His research interests are political institutions, comparative politics, elections and voting behaviour, legislatures and legislative behaviour, governance and democracy, and public policy. His publications include:

  • 2013. “Legislative Institutionalization in Mozambique: A Comparative Analysis of Three Legislatures”, Africa Peace and Conflict Journal, Vol. 6. No 2 (September), pp. 1-16.
  • 2013. With Robert Mattes. “Uncritical Citizenship: Mozambicans in Comparative Perspective”, in Michael Bratton (editor) Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa. Lynne Reinner publisher. pp. 159-178.
  • 2011. With João Pereira and Sandra Manuel. Mozambique: From Civil War to Loyal Opposition, in Hussein Solomon (editor). Against all Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa. KMM & SAIIA. Pp. 90-118.
  • 2009. Elezioni del 2009 in Monzambico: la trasparenza è nel cuore della critica. Africhi e Orienti. Vol. 3-4.
  • 2008. The Influence of Ethnicity on Electoral Process in Mozambique. OpenSpace Vol. 2 Number 2, June. OSISA: Pretoria.
  • 2007. Commitment to Democracy in Mozambique: Performance Evaluations and Cognition. Evidence from Round 2 of the Afrobarometer Survey Data. CSSR (Centre for Social Science Research) Working Paper No 204. Democracy in Africa Research Unity.
  • 2005. Co-authored with João Pereira. 2005. Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in SADC Countries: Mozambique Country Report. Series Editor: Tim Hughes, South Africa Institute of International Affairs – SAIIA, Pretoria.
  • 2005. Co-authored with João Pereira. Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in Southern Africa. Mozambique. South African Journal of International Affairs. Volume 12, Issue 1, (Summer/Autumn, 2005) pp.111-128.

Amílcar Pereira

Position: Research Associate

Amílcar F. Pereira is a PhD Candidate in Agricultural Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economy, Division of Resources Economics, Research Group of Environmental Governance at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies (with a specialization in Public Policy & Management), from the Institute of Social Sciences in The Hague, The Netherlands. He also has an Honours Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences from Eduardo Mondlane University.

Amílcar has also studied for a Masters in Law of International Trade at Eduardo Mondlane University (dissertation to be submitted). Amílcar worked in the Mozambican Parliament as a Secretary in the Standing Committee of Agriculture, Regional Development, Public Administration and Local Government; Ad hoc Committee for the Review of Electoral Law; and Ad hoc Committee for Review of the Constitution. He was also an Associate Researcher at the Center for Policy Analysis (CAP), Department of Good Governance and Public Administration, Eduardo Mondlane University. Amílcar has also worked as a consultant and researcher in the areas of public administration, strategic planning, institutional development, capacity building, decentralization, governance and public policies, poverty issues, democracy, aid, cooperation, and international development, political parties and electoral process, and evaluation.

Amílcar's publications include:

  • Pereira, A. et. Al. (2005) Parties and Political Development in Mozambique, South Africa: EISA-IDEIA. Research Report nr. 22, South Africa.
  • Pereira, A et. Al. (2005). External Engagement: Experience from Mozambique & Ghana, SAIIA: South Africa.

Lorraine Howe

Position: Research Manager

Lorraine Howe holds a Masters Degree in Development Management from the Open University, UK and has over 10 years of experience coordinating and managing international research and development projects (DFID, IDRC, EU, World Bank, ComSec etc). She previously worked for the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat where she was responsible for the deployment of technical assistance projects across 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to that Lorraine was the Programme Manager of the Sustainable Development Programme at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) where she coordinated a cutting-edge research programme focused on environmental governance, climate change and energy security. She has extensive experience in results based project management, fundraising and resource mobilisation, partnership development, project design, monitoring and evaluation.

Lorraine has worked in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan African and has a good understanding of public administration, governance and development realities in the region having worked with governments, research institutes, private sector and community based organisations.

Custódio Pedro

Position: Research Associate

Custódio Pedro holds a Bachelors degree in social science and an Honours degree in public administration from Eduardo Mondlane University and is currently studying law.

He is an Assistant in the area of ​​ reform and development of public administration in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mozambique, where he previously worked as a human resource officer and internal auditor.

Custódio lectures on public sector reform, public policy, public administration and governance at the Higher Institute of Public Administration, Mozambique.

He participated in the 2008 and 2012 Afrobarometer public opinion surveys on the quality of democracy and governance in Mozambique as well as benefited from statistical training at the Afrobarometer summer school at the University of Cape Town. He is also the Mozambique Country Research Coordinator for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project, based at the University of Gothenburg.

Custódio’s areas of research interest include: public administration reform, democratic institutions, political participation and the rule of law.

Elísio Muendane

Position: Research Associate

Elísio E. Muendane has an Honours degree in political science from Eduardo Mondlane University. He worked as consultant at MAP Consultancy Ltd. from 2011 to 2012 and has conducted baseline and evaluation studies.

Elísio worked on the Afrobarometer public opinion survey on the quality of the democracy and governance in Mozambique in 2008 and 2012.  He also worked on the study on China and Southern Africa: Resource Management to Economic Development Project supported by the Open Society Initiative to Southern Africa. He is currently working as an independent consultant on the Municipal Baseline for ECI Africa´s Democratic Governance Support Programme in Mozambique.

He participated in the 2013 Afrobarometer summer school hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Social Science Research, where he wrote and presented a briefing paper on the effects of education, economic conditions, political trust and media exposure on the support for elections in Mozambique. He has also delivered a paper on power relations in Local Government at a decentralization conference in Maputo in 2010.

His areas of research interest are: democratization, electoral governance, political and electoral behavior, municipal and development studies. 

Yuma Hanane

Position: Research Intern

Yuma, from Beira, Mozambique, recently graduated from the Africa Leadership Academy (ALA) and is undertaking an internship with CPGD prior to commencing study for an undergraduate degree.  

Whilst at ALA Yuma was awarded the Graça Machel Young African Scholar Award and the Deans Award for Excellence in Creative Arts Research.  

During her internship Yuma is assisting with research and administrative tasks related to our projects on 'elections and public goods in Mozambique' and 'Who is Who in the Executive'.  Her tasks include extracting factual data from existing archives (books, directories, etc.) to create electronic datasets in excel or SPSS that will be used by our researchers for data analysis as well as office adminstration such as organizing files, mainitaining the library and other related tasks.