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Cecillia Makonyola

Cecillia is a governance specialist with a particular focus on issues of accountability and transparency from a gender and youth perspective.

She started her career as a local governance practitioner in the UK, where she worked on innovative economic development projects and supported senior politicians. She went on to implement institutional capacity building for local governments, providing training and technical assistance to central and local government politicians and practitioners across the Commonwealth.

After five years working directly in a Political context she moved to the demand side of governance, developing programmes on citizen-led accountability, active citizenship and natural resource governance. She is now based in Lilongwe, as the Regional Governance Lead for Oxfam’s programmes in Southern Africa.

Cecillia has an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in English and Politics from The University of Leicester.