Co-Founder & Deputy Executive Director 

Dr Nhenga-Chakarisa holds the following qualifications:

• Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town.
• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Public Law-Child Rights) degree (Awarded with distinction) University of Cape Town;
• Master of Laws (LLM -Human Rights Law degree- University of Cape Town;
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) degree -National University of Lesotho;
• Bachelor of Arts in Law (B.A. Law) degree-National University of Lesotho;
• Diploma in Mass Communication (Print Journalism) – Harare Polytechnic College.

Her research interests extend to International law; human rights law; child rights law; child labour; social determinants of violence against children, care and support in teaching and learning, the application and country implementation of international children’s rights law in African cultural contexts. Her other research interests include food and nutrition security. Her other areas of expertise include curriculum design & legal drafting.

Dr. Nhenga-Chakarisa is currently the Director of the Child Rights Research Centre and Senior Lecturer at Africa University (an AU-UNICEF joint venture). Previous to that (2013-2016) she worked as the Programme Coordinator for the Child Sensitive Social Policies Programme and Research Board Chair at the Women’s University in Africa. She also worked as a Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town 2009-2013). She has held the position of Legal Drafter and Legal Advisor at the Attorney General’s Office.

Dr. Nhenga-Chakarisa has served on a number of boards:
• Board Member of Child Line Zimbabwe;
• Member of the National Child and Gender Statistics Committee of Zimbabwe;
• Advisory Board Member for the ‘African Institute for Migrant Workers’ (South Africa);
• Member of the Board of Trustees for Non‐profit Empowerment Service Uplifting Widows and Orphans (NESUWO) (South Africa/Zimbabwe);
• Member of the organizing committee of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Africa Regional Conference 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Child Sensitive Social Policies Conference.
• Co-founding member of the Southern African Regional Child Indicators Research Network
• Member of the South African Civil Society Working Group for the Development of a Civil Society report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Union Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (AUCERWC), in which she was nominated to take part in drafting the shadow report for South Africa.
• Member of the Codesria Research Network
• Child Watch International Network.


She has published in various journals on children’s issues and is the co-founding editor of the Zimbabwe Child Monitor. She has successfully carried out research consultancies for various International Development Agencies which include, OSISA, HiVOS International, UNICEF, World Food Programme, Southern African Research Trust and MIET Africa. Selected from her long list of publications are the following:

1. Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa ‘Who does the law seek to protect and from what? The application of international law on child labour in an African context’ African Journal of Human Rights Law Journal (2010) May Issue.
2. TC Nhenga-Chakarisa Overview of the law informing the rights of children in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Child Monitor, Issue 1, 2015-16.
3. TC Nhenga-Chakarisa The Use of Child Indicators to Monitor the Implementation of Child Rights Principles in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Child Monitor, Issue 1 2015-16.
4. Sadza H.C, Nherera CM, Nhenga-Chakarisa TC, Tagwireyi J, Hungwe M. The Zimbabwe Zero Hunger Strategic Review, 2015, WFP
5. CR Hodzi; TC Nhenga-Chakarisa National Legal Framework of Children in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Child Monitor, Issue 1, 2015-16.
6. Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa‘Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill’ in Prinslean Mahery and Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa‘ Legislative developments in 2010/2011’South African Child Gauge(2010/2011)
7. Proudlock, Lucy Jamieson and Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa ‘Legislative developments in 2011/2012’South African Child Gauge (2011/2012)
8. Matangi E, Mhlanga A, Kashora P, Musiyiwa J, Chakarisa T ‘Factor Analysis of the Perceptions of Prospective Teachers on Early Child Development (ECD) Functionaries’ American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 2013, Vol. 1, No. 6.
9. Jamieson L, Proudlock P &Nhenga-Chakarisa T (2012) Legislative developments in 2011/2012. In: Hall K, Woolard I, Lake L & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2012. Cape Town: Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.