Nomvula has been working as a facilitator of social processes with the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) for the past 19 years and was appointed to the position of Director in March 2011. She has worked with a vast number of civil society formations (NGOs, CBOs, social movements) concerned with social change, social justice, development aid, social mobilization and community development. She has experience in facilitating organisational development interventions, change and transformation processes, conducting external evaluations using a participatory and learning approach, designing/facilitating stakeholder dialogues/collaborations and designing action research processes in search of innovative practices that improve developmental impact. Although the work/practice of the CDRA is rooted in and informed by the development challenges of South African, Nomvula has been privileged to work with civil society organisations in other African countries – through her work with the CDRA she has had the privilege of working in about 20 different countries in Africa. Over and above this, she has worked with civil society organisations and donor agencies in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland and the UK. In the last 3 years she has engaged with and supported capacity development processes for various government departments.
Nomvula holds a Masters Degree in Adult Learning and Global Change, an inter-continental programme that was jointly delivered by the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), Linkoping University (Sweden), University of British Columbia in Canada and Sydney Technologies University (Australia). She has published various articles on the CDRA website and has contributed as author to Barefoot Guides 2 and 4. She regularly speaks at national and international conferences and contributes as practitioner to panel discussions. In addition to Keystone, Nomvula serves as trustee for Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.
Francis Wilson, emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town, taught in the School of Economics for 40 years. He has written widely on the South African political economy, founded the South African Labour & Development Research Unit and directed the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development. He was Chairperson of the Council of the University of Fort Hare and chaired the National Water Advisory Council. Between 2000-2002, he was Visiting Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University and is former Chairperson of the International Social Science Council’s Scientific Committee of CROP, the international Comparative Research Program on Poverty.
He is the author of a number of books, chapters, and articles including Labour in the South African Gold Mines (Cambridge, 1972) and, with Mamphela Ramphele, Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge (Cape Town &New York, 1989)