Dr. Mamello Nchake is an economist with over 10 years of experience in economic development issues. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the department of economics, National University of Lesotho and a Carnegie research fellow in the School of economics, University of Cape Town.  She has worked intensively on trade and development issues in Africa, particularly Lesotho, South African and Botswana. Dr. Nchake has published several regional and international journals on economic issues in Africa. These include the South African Journal of Economics, Journal of African Economies, International Review of Economics and Finance, International Journal of African Development among others. Mamello has also worked for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Lesotho) as head of research and statistics unit for four years and the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (University of Cape Town) as the research fellow for two years. Dr. Nchake has also conducted commissioned research for the various Government Ministries and international organizations, for which she has produced policy and technical documents. These include among others, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), African Development Bank (AfDB), Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) and IDRC Canada. She gained both local and regional experience of conducting research in various countries including Angola, Namibia, eSwatini and Lesotho.                                         

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Fields of specialization

Gender & women’s empowerment, Impacts of government programs, Globalization and trade


Title Country Themes
The role of non-farming activities on rural farming households in Lesotho: a gender perspective Lesotho Gender & women’s empowerment , Labour markets and employment


Dr Mamello Nchake
Senior Lecturer

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