Debating Africa

Dr. Khabele Matlosa

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the National University of Lesotho


Dr. Matlosa is the former Director of Political Affairs at the Africa Union Commission. He holds a BA Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the National University of Lesotho (NUL). He received his MA Degree in Development Studies from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He got his PhD in Political Economy from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is an expert on governance and development. He is the former Senior Advisor on Governance at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) coordinating UNDP’s governance initiatives in Africa and based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has also observed elections across the African continent, and was one of the experts who developed the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the Southern African Development (SADC) Region, a project which was coordinated by the Electoral Institute for Southern Africa (EISA) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC Countries (ECF) and subsequently adopted during a regional conference held in November 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Matlosa is the author of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance which evolved between 2004 and 2006 and ultimately adopted by the African Union Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 30 January 2007. Working with two other experts, he researched and co-authored the AU Panel of the Wise Report on “Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence: Strengthening the Role of the African Union in Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict”. This report was adopted by the African Union in 2009 and is currently used by the AU Panel of the Wise in dealing with election-related political violence, focusing on prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.

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