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 four 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).

Recent Selected Publications

Chigwata TC (with Michelle Maziwisa) (2023) 'The Federal-Local Connection: The South African Case' in Nicolini M & Valdesalici A (ed) Local Governance in Multi-Layered Systems, Springer.

Chigwata TC (with Robert Nanima) (2023) ‘South Africa: Centralised Federalism and the Implementation of the CRPD’ in Ferri D, Palermo F & Martinico G (ed) Federalism and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The Implementation of the CRPD in Federal Systems and Its Implications, Hart Publishing.

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 (in South Africa), 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.