Dr Wilfred Lunga

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EMAIL: wlunga@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Wilfred Lunga is a senior research specialist with the HSRC's Developmental, Capable and Ethical State research division. He holds a PhD in development and management with disaster risk reduction, a Master of Science in development studies, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education in science and mathematics education, a diploma in development and disaster management, and a licentiate degree in geography. His research interests include disaster risk, vulnerability reduction, climate change, indigenous knowledge, community operational research, climate change, resilience strengthening including social science, environmental science, cooperative development, as well as rural livelihood and basic social service provision and access, socioeconomic impact assessments, and monitoring and evaluation.

Lunga has more than twenty years? experience in disaster risk management, rural development programming, research, and consulting work in several African countries, including Malawi, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Netherlands, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, with several funding agencies like Intermon Oxfam, Sida, GIZ, Practical Action, UNDP, World Vision, Horn relief, UNFPA, DFID, IOM and USAID among others. This experience spans across various areas including monitoring and evaluation; food security; institutional development for local authorities; youth and gender inclusion; building community resilience to external shocks; and community-driven development.

He is currently the principal investigator for a study on strengthening disaster risk resilience through enhanced coordination mechanisms at local level in flood hazard-prone areas, and co-principal investigator for the national assessment on the linkages between migration, desertification, land degradation and drought in South Africa. Lunga was previously involved in several studies, including the development of urban governance indicators for the South African Cities Network and a study on ageing (SAGE) funded by the World Health Organization. He was part of the HSRC team that reviewed the South African National Youth Policy 2020-2030 and worked on the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Lunga has published more than 15 scientific articles in local and international peer-reviewed academic journals, policy briefs and 4 book chapters. He is a peer reviewer for several international journals, including the Jamba journal of disaster risk studies, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science.

Recent

CzASE Studies: Critical Zones Africa South & East

Critical Zones Africa South & East (CZASE) will bring together ??80 university and associated research organization-based researchers in five trans-di....

Leaving No one Behind in Early Warning Systems in Southern Africa

our book, Leaving No one Behind in Flood Early Warning Systems in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and beyond: contemporary disaster risk ....

Examining Prospects of Just Transition and the District Development Model in The Waterberg District: The Case of Eskom and Exxaros Hydrogen Production

The purpose of this project is to develop a Just Transition methodology that can be replicated in other coal mines in the country. The project also se....

Disaster Risk Management with theme: Investing in Disaster Management for Sustainable Development (DDM Conference)

Objective: The objective of the conference is to share scientific information and best practices in issues that relate to disasters, resilience build....

Strengthening disaster risk resilience through enhance coordination mechanisms at local level flood hazard prone areas: Case study of Kwazulu-Natal

The aim of this study is to facilitate strengthening disaster risk resilience by improving coordination mechanisms through developing impact-based ear....

A Synthesis Evaluation Study of New District Development Model: the case of the three piloted municipalities in Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces

Also outlined in Concept Note: New District Coordination Model to Improve the Coherence and Impact of Government Service Delivery and Development. 17-....

Engaging youth with research on substance abuse through performing arts

The prevalence of substance abuse among the youth, especially in rural areas such as the Limpopo province of South Africa continues to be a cause for ....

Migration Linkages to Desertification Land Degradation and Drought in RSA

To build and understanding and information base on the linkages between all migration patterns and DLLD, climate change and other related environmenta....

A Synthesis Evaluation of Social Development Sectors response to Food Relief Mechanism during COVID-19

The purpose of the study is to systematically distil and integrate data from a number of sources of evidence in order to draw more informed conclusion....

The Evaluation of the National Education Trust (NECT)

The purpose of the evaluation is to conduct an evaluation of the NECT on behalf of FREF (through Tshikululu Social Investments), a core funder of the ....

South African Cities Network

The objective of this project is to identify indicators to measure and assess urban governance in South African cities. The first task is a literatu....

THE PERCEIVED PREVAILING FORMS OF STIGMA AND PREJUDICES AGAINST KHOI AND SAN PEOPLES

Comprehensive research report investigating prevailing forms of stigma and prejudices against the Khoi and San Communities. The research is envisaged ....

Developing an integrated M and E framework and an evaluation plan for the service delivery implementation plans

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) draws its mandate from several legislations, and part of those statute include the Constitu....

WHO Proposal Writing Workshop

The WHO funded RIA to host a proposal writing workshop.....

Evaluation of the Gauteng Safety Strategy

Evaluation of the Gauteng Safety Strategy for the Office of the Gauteng Premier.....

Blue Label PPP - Performance Monitoring

Blue Label and CDC-SA through an implementing partner AURUM, implemented a Phase II approach to the airtime voucher PPP continuing to use the medium ....

Determination of the Potential Role of Vulnerable Groups in Disaster Risk Reduction for Policy Formulation in South Africa: Western Cape Case Study

As a means of adding value to the disaster risk management, the HSRC therefore proposes to investigate and evaluate the forms, locations and distribut....