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Loveness Makonese

Loveness Makonese

Programme Specialist – United Nations Population Fund Zimbabwe

Loveness Makonese is an academic, humanitarian and development practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience. Her work has specialized in emergency health, Resilience building, social protection, social inclusion and participation, gender, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. She has special expertise in Joint UN resource mobilization and partnership management. 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, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Transparency International Zimbabwe, IFAD Zimbabwe and she is currently working for United Nations Population Fund in Zimbabwe. She has a BSc Hons Degree in Sociology (University of Zimbabwe, 1997), MPhil from the 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 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. Loveness has also provided consulting services for Rebel Advisory Group Better Schools project in Zimbabwe, IOM and Zimbabwe Women Resource Network Centre, research on Cultural and Social Dynamics of Corruption and conducted training with Solomon Mutambara on Electronic Data Collection for Emergency response with support from the HI2 Seed Grant Support.


  1. Makonese, L. 2018. Other people inherit property-but I inherit people and their problems- Role of kinship and social capital in providing care and support for the HIV infected and AIDS affected in Chivanhu informal Settlement, Masvingo, Zimbabwe in Ed Helliker, K, Chiweshe, M.K and Bhatasara, S. The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Routledge, London
  2. Makonese L and Mundopa, M., 2017, Gender Culture and Corruption in Zimbabwe in Transparency International Corruption and Cultural Dynamics in Zimbabwe2016-2017 Annual State of Corruption Report, TIZ, Harare.

  3. Mazzeo, J and Makonese, L. Experiences of collaboration, coordination and efficiency in the delivery of

    HIV/AIDS home-based care in Zimbabwe. African Journal of AIDS Research 2009, 8(4):443-53. 

  4. Makonese, L. Livelihoods and HIV/AIDS: A Case Study of Nhamoinesu VillageVDM Verlag, April 9, 2009.