Consultant, FAO (HIV, Gender and Livelihoods)
Loveness Makonese is an academic, humanitarian and development practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience. Her work has specialized in emergency health, social protection, gender, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. She most recently developed a Joint UN programme to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of vulnerable communities including refugees by promoting resilience and better livelihoods in Chipinge District, Zimbabwe (FAO,IOM,UNESCO,UNHCR,WFP). Throughout her career Makonese has worked for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health, CARE International, Institute of Land, Poverty and Agrarian Studies, Goal International and currently she is working for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She has a BSc Hons Degree in Sociology (University of Zimbabwe, 1997), MPhil from University of Western Cape in South Africa (2007) and a PhD Degree in Sociology from Rhodes University, South Africa (2013). Her PhD research focus was on how those affected by HIV and AIDS within marginalized communities cope with the impacts. She is also a qualified and certified trauma and family counsellor from Connect Zimbabwe.
Makonese has carried out research in her native Zimbabwe on maternal and child health, integration of HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health Issues, gender, and the elderly. Her work has also focuses on strengthening community based organisations and groups of people through training and mentorship. Through her work and research she has developed an interest in understanding the sexual reproductive health needs, behaviours and contextual factors amongst displaced adolescents (street children, refugees and those internally displaced) in Zimbabwe; and how these issues can be addressed in current policy. She has also explored how health systems focusing on sexual reproductive health can effectively integrate issues pertinent to adolescents and youth. Since 2010, Makonese has been a key team member in designing and conducting annual national vulnerability assessments in Zimbabwe. developing baseline, mid-term and end of program impact studies for the FAO's food and nutrition security projects. Apart from the FAO she has conducted baseline studies for the IOM and Zimbabwe Women Resource Network Centre.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH
HIV/AIDS home-based care in Zimbabwe. African Journal of AIDS Research 2009, 8(4):443-53.