Prof Tinashe Carlton Chigwata

Project Head
Tinashe Carlton Chigwata is an Associate Professor and Head of Multilevel Government at the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) based at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. Prof Chigwata holds a PhD in Public Law from UWC and undertakes research, teaching, and consultancy on local and regional governments, multi-level government and governance-related matters, such as elections and corruption. He manages and teaches in the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Multi-level Government and Local Government offered by the Dullah Omar Institute. He has authored and edited several academic publications, including three books on local government in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Prof Chigwata has overseen several research projects on local government, citizen participation, transparency, accountability, procurement etc. He is currently the Chief Editor of the Local Government Bulletin, which publishes regular and accessible articles, policy briefs, reports on judgment and summaries of new bills on local government and multi-level government. He has consulted for both state and non-state organisations at local, regional and international levels, such as Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Hanns Seidel Foundation, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Western Cape Department of Local Government (SA) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

Selected Publications

Chigwata TC (with Nico Steytler & Jaap de Visser) (2021) 'South Africa: Surfing Towards Centralisation on the Covid-19 Wave' in Steytler N Comparative Federalism and Covid-19 Combating the Pandemic, Routledge.

Chigwata TC (with Jaap de Visser & Lungelwa Kaywood) (eds) (2021) Municipal Perspectives on Development, Governance and Service Delivery, Juta, Cape Town.

Chigwata TC (with Jaap de Visser & Zemelak Ayele) (2021) ‘Real or Imagined Local Autonomy: Experiences from Local Government in Ethiopia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’ in Fenwick T and Banfield A (eds) Beyond Autonomy Practical and Theoretical Challenges to 21st Century Federalism, Brill Nijhoff, Boston. 

Chigwata TC (2021) ‘Multiparty Democracy in Zimbabwe after the adoption of the 2013 Constitution’ in Fombad C and Steytler N (eds) Democracy, Elections and Constitutionalism in Africa, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Chigwata TC (with Nico Steytler, Jaap de Visser & Frank Kunda) (2020) (eds) Local Government Reform in Zambia: The 2016 Constitution's Framework for Devolution, Juta, Cape Town

Chigwata TC (2020) 'Endemic Corruption in Zimbabwe: Why Are Anti-Corruption Agencies Ineffective?' in Fombad C and Steytler N (eds) Corruption and Constitutionalism in Africa, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 

Chigwata TC (2019) ‘Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Zimbabwe: Can the Leviathan be Tamed?’ in Fombad C and Steytler N (eds) Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Africa, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Chigwata TC (2019) (with De Visser J & Kaywood L) (eds) The Journey to Transform Local Government (in South Africa), Juta, Cape Town.

Chigwata TC (with Marumahoko S & Madhekeni A) (2019) Supervision of local government in Zimbabwe: The travails of mayors, Law, Democracy & Development, Vol.23, pp. 44-67. 

Chigwata TC (2018) Provincial and Local Government Reform in Zimbabwe: An Analysis of the Law, Policy and Practice, Juta, Cape Town.