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Researchers

David Mmopelwa

Mr David Mmopelwa is currently a Research Fellow at BIDPA in the Poverty and Welfare unit. He also worked as an Associate Researcher and a Research Assistant during the periods 2008 to 2012, and 2004 to 2008, respectively. He graduated with Masters Degree in Economics (in 2008) and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (in 2004), both from the University of Botswana. Mr Mmopelwa has keen interest in the analysis of poverty and welfare economic issues. He has attended training workshops in the field of poverty analysis and assessment, which include “participatory methods in poverty analysis, and “the use of STATA software in poverty analysis.

Projects:

Since joining BIDPA, he has been a team member for several consultancy projects, including the following:

  • Customer satisfaction survey. Client: Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). 2015-2016.
  • Social upliftment diagnostic study: Client: National Strategy Office, Office of the President, Botswana. 2014.
  • Institutional reforms of the construction industry in Botswana. Client: Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Botswana. 2012.
  • Elections and the Management of Diversity in Africa, Botswana case. Client: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), 2012.
  • Enterprise development in Botswana. Client: International Labour Organization, 2011.
  • National Vision 2016 household opinion survey. Client: Vision 2016 secretariat. 2010.
  • Consultancy to review the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction: Social Protection Policy (Social Safety Nets) for poverty and vulnerability reduction. Client: Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Botswana, December 2009-June 2010.
  • Botswana’s Agricultural Sector Review. Client: Ministry of Agriculture, Botswana, 2008-2009.
  • Consultancy to conduct a sub-national baseline nutrition-economic study in the context of rising food prices. Client: UNICEF Botswana. April-August 2009.

 

Publications:

  • Mmopelwa, D., and Lekobane, K.R. (2015). Household Wealth Status in Botswana: An Asset Based Approach. Global journal of human social science. Volume XV, Issue VI: 21-28 
  • Mmopelwa, D., and Lekobane, K.R. (2014). Assessing Household Wealth Status: An Asset Based Approach. In Statistics Botswana. 2014. Population and Housing Census Analytical Report. Statistics Botswana, Gaborone.
  • Kaboyakgosi, G., and Mmopelwa D. (2013). Economics of Elections. In Phirinyane, B (ed). Elections and the Management of Diversity in Botswana: Gaborone, Botswana: Lentswe la Lesedi. ISBN 978-99912-71-50-7.
  • Okurut, N., Kepaletswe, F., & Mmopelwa, D. (2013) Determinants of Birth Weight in Botswana. International Journal of Academic Research in Economics and Management Sciences, 2 (52): 2226-3524.
  • Mmopelwa, D., and Seleka, T. B.  (2012). Public Transfers and communal beef cattle marketing decisions: Empirical Evidence from Botswana. Journal of Agribusiness, 30(1): 87-106.
  • Mmopelwa, D., and Seleka, T. B.  (2011). Factors underlying communal beef cattle marketing decisions in Botswana: The role of public and private transfers. BIDPA, Working paper No 30.
  • Mmopelwa, D., Nnyepi, M., Codjia, P. (2011). Predictors of household food insecurity and implications for child nutrition (in Maundeni T. P and Nnyepi M. S (Eds). Thari ya Bana: Reflections on Children in Botswana. Gaborone: UNICEF).
  • Nnyepi, M., Mmopelwa, D., and Codjia, P. (2010). Child nutrition and household economic situation in the context of rising food prices in Mabutsane and Bobirwa (in Maundeni T. P (Ed). Thari ya Bana: Reflections on Children in Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana: UB and UNICEF).
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  • Seleka, T. B., Makepe, P., Kebakile, P., Batsetswe, L., Mmopelwa, D., Mbaiwa, K., and Jackson, J. (2008). The Feasibility of Mandatory Fortification of Cereals in Botswana. Lentswe la Lesedi, Gaborone, Botswana. ISBN: 978-99912-71-39-2.

 


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Kedibonye Sekakela

Ms Kedibonye Sekakela is currently an Associate Researcher at BIDPA in the International Trade and Finance Unit. Prior to joining BIDPA, she worked as a Business Analyst at Accenture Botswana. She graduated with Masters Degree in International Economics & Trade (in 2011) from Shanghai University and Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (in 2007) from University of Botswana. Ms Sekakela has keen interests in the fields of International Trade and Commodities, Trade Development, Finance and Development, Chinese economy.

Projects

Since joining BIDPA, she has been a team member for several consultancy projects, including the following:

  • Customer satisfaction survey. Client: Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). 2015-2016.
  • Coordination of the 12th Bi-annual National Business Conference (NBC. Client: Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry Manpower (BOCCIM). 2015-2016
  • A study into the ‘Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana’s Diamonds. Client: Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry Manpower (BOCCIM). 2014-2015
  • Financial and economic analysis on the Causes and Decline of the Botswana Meat Commission and beef Industry. Client: Republic of Botswana’s Parliament Special Select Committee of Inquiry into the Botswana Meat Commission and the Decline of the Beef Industry. 2013
  • Drafting ‘Terms of Reference (ToR) on Engaging Emerging Economies in Southern Africa. Client: Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).2012

Overview of publications: Journals, Book chapters & Monographs

  • Sekakela, K.  (2016) "The impact of trading with China on Botswana's economy", Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies, Vol. 9 Iss: 1, pp 2-23.
  • Grynberg, R. & Sekakela, K. (2015) “Case studies in base metal processing and beneficiation: Lessons from East Asia and the SADC Region”, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Research report No.21
  • Sekakela, K. (2015) “International experiences on Export diversification: Lessons for Botswana”, In Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M., & Motswapong, M. (ed), “Botswana Post Diamond Study Report: A Study into the Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana’s Diamonds”, Mmegi Publishing House

Working Papers and Policy Briefs

  • Maiketso, J. & Sekakela, K. (2016), “Review of cost of Banking in Botswana”, BIDPA special Briefing
  • Sekakela, K. (2014), “The impact of trading with China on Botswana’s Economy”, BIDPA Working Paper No 40.
  • Grynberg, R. & Sekakela, K. (2012), “Water Pricing and Policy in Botswana”, BIDPA working paper No 35.

 


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Johane M. Motsatsi

Mr. Johane M Motsatsi is currently an Associate Researcher in the Macroeconomics Forecasting and Planning Unit at BIDPA. Motsatsi holds a Master of Economic Studies (Economic Analysis) from the University of New England, Australia. My work experience involves research and publication as well as conducting research projects for the government, private sector and international organizations such as World Bank, African Capacity Building Foundation and African Development Bank.

Publications

  • Motsatsi,  M. J. (2015), “Technical Efficiency and Evidence of Economies of Scope in Botswana Agriculture: A Stochastic Input Distance Function Approach”. Journal of Economics and Public Finance, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2015.
  • Tabengwa G. and Motsatsi, M. J. (2015), “An Assessment of the Diversification-Growth Implications and Emerging Policy Dynamics” FES/UB/BIDPA, paper presented at the FES/UB/BIDPA Conference on A Sustainable Model for Botswana. FES. Botswana

Key Projects

Since joining BIDPA, Mr. Motsatsi has been a team member for some key projects, which include:

  • African Capacity Indicators, 2015, for African Capacity Building Foundation
  • Country Policy and International Assessment for Botswana, 2013-2015.
  • Southern African Region Position Paper (US-Africa Relations), 2014.
  • Innovative Solutions to Youth Unemployment in Africa- Case Study for Selected Sub-Sahara Countries-Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland, 2015.
  • Youth Development Summit Report, 2015.
  • Regional Economic Communities Assessment of SADC, 2014.

 


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Masedi Mao Motswapong

Mr. Masedi Motswapong is a public policy analyst with interest in international economics and trade, with 8 years of successful and progressive experience in contributing to national policy and economic development. He has contributed immensely to public policy with relevant research outputs. He is hardworking and highly responsible with work, high capacity of teamwork and strong commitment in projects delivery within budget and time allocated. Mr Motswapong, Research Fellow, International Economics and Trade unit at BIDPA, holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Botswana. Mr Motswapong has been a team member for several consultancy projects, some of which include:

(i) A study on the Analysis of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Tariff Structures and Identification of Priority Areas for Botswana, 2008,

(ii) A study on the Inventory Assessment of Botswana’s National Policies, Regional and Multilateral Commitments in Trade Related Issues, 2008.

(iii) A study to investigate the impact of the SACU Tariff Policy on Food Prices in the Sub-Region, 2008 - 2009.

(iv) Southern African Development Research Network (SADRN) Project-The International Trade Unit is hosed the Thematic Theme on Trade and Pro-Poor Growth, 2008- 2009.

(v) A study to map out investment opportunities in District and Town Councils in Botswana, 2011.

(vi) A study on Mining and the Diversification of the Botswana Economy, 2011-2013.

(vii) A study to inform Botswana’s choice between SACU and SADC Customs Union, 2011.

(viii) Report of the Special Select Committee of Inquiry on the Botswana Meat Commission and the Beef Industry, 2013.

(ix) A study to assess the Costs and Benefits of Botswana’s membership in SACU, 2014.

(x) A study to review and align Economic Policies, strategies and laws (along with their regulations) in Botswana, 2014 and

(xi) A report on the 13th BOCCIM National Business Conference, 2014.

(xii) Waste Management Policy, 2015.

 

Publications
 

  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2011). Competition and Trade Policy: The Case of Botswana Poultry Industry. BIDPA Working Paper 31.
  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2012). SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a Developmental Agreement. BIDPA Working Paper 32.
  • Motswapong M. and Grynberg R. (2013). Key Economic Policy Issues in the Textile and Clothing sector in Botswana. BIDPA Working Paper 34
  • Kaboyakgosi G. and Motswapong M. (2013). Retirement Funds Regulation in Botswana- Managing Risks. In Kaboyakgosi, et al, (2013), Industry regulation in Botswana. BIDPA.
  • Siphambe H. and Motswapong M. (2010). Female Participation in the Labour Market of Botswana; Results from the 2005/06 Labour Force Survey Data. The Botswana Journal of Economics. Volume 7, Issue 11, 65-78. The Journal of the Botswana Economics Association.
  • Motswapong M. and Grynberg R. (2014). The Textile and Clothing Sector in Botswana: Challenges and Opportunities. The Botswana Journal of Economics, 12 (2014): 11-26.
  • Kaboyakgosi G. and Motswapong M. (2014). Regulatory Frameworks and Economic Diversification in Botswana. Conference paper on Are Diamonds there forever?  Prospects of a Sustainable Development Model for Botswana
  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2010), The 2007/8 Food Crisis: The Case of Maize and Maize Taxation in Southern Africa, TIPS under the Trade and Pro-Poor Growth Thematic working Group,
  • Motswapong M. and Grynberg R. (2013). Botswana textile sector relies on US and EU tax incentives. Global Industry Outlook, Fibre2Fashion, Volume 01, Issue 12, page 12.
  • Grynberg R. Sengwaketse M. and Motswapong M. (2014). Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and their Potential Impact on the Botswana Economy. BIDPA Publication Series.
  • Grynberg R. Sengwaketse M. and Motswapong M. (2015). Botswana Post-Diamond Study Report: Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana's Diamond Reserves
  • Maiketso J.T and Motswapong M. (2015). Legal and Regulatory Measures Affecting Trade in the Botswana Livestock Sector
  • Grynberg R. Sengwaketse M. and Motswapong M. (2015). Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and their Potential Impact on the Botswana Economy. In Grynberg and Mbayi (2015).  Global Diamond Industry Economics and Development Volume II
  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2016). Development of the poultry sector in Botswana: From good intensions to legal oligopoly. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 8(2): 14-26, 2016

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Margret Sengwaketse

Dr Margaret Sengwaketse is currently a Research Fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA). She holds a PhD degree in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester, and a Masters of Arts degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia, the United Kindom. She has been a policy analyst for more than 10 years and has made significant contributions to policy debates and policy formulation specifically on matters relating to trade. Dr Sengwaketse's research interests include development economics, with a particular focus on trade policy issues and export development; international trade; trade in Services; trade facilitation; and regional integration.

Key projects undertaken:

  • Study to Review and Align Botswana’s Economic Policies, Strategies and Laws. The study reviewed economic policies and strategies and laws as well as institutions that implement these policies, strategies and laws with a view of identifying fragmentation, overlapping mandates and duplication of effort.
  • Study to Assess the Costs and Benefits of Botswana Membership to SACU, in terms of revenues, trade, and other benefits.
  • Study to Inform Botswana’s Choice between SACU and SADC Customs Union Study to Map Investment Opportunities in District and Town Councils in Botswana - The study was commissioned by BEDIA and the overall objective of the study was to identify, quantify and map investment opportunities in Districts and Towns in Botswana.
  • Study to Inform Botswana’s Choice Between SACU and SADC - The purpose of this study was to assess the optimal benefits and costs that would accrue to Botswana if SACU were to either become a nucleus for regional integration by incrementally absorbing all non SACU SADC Member States or choose the dissolution and replacement of SACU by a wider SADC Customs Union.
  • Impact Study on the Mining and Diversification on the Botswana Economy. The study modelled the impact of new and existing mining and energy projects on Botswana’s tax revenues, employment and GDP, analysed Botswana’s diversification experience and policy responses.
  • Position Paper Trade Facilitation in Botswana in preparation for World Trade Organisation negotiations for the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2005
  • Team Member on the Situation Analysis to Assist the Development of the National Export Strategy for Botswana in 2005
  • Team Member on a BIDPA and World Bank Study on Export Diversification in Botswana in 2005

 

Publications: 

  • Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M, and, Motswapong, M, (2015), Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and Their Impact on the Botswana Economy in Grynberg, R., and  Mbayi, L., (eds), The Global Diamond Industry Economics and Development Volume II
  • Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M., and, Motswapong M., (eds) (2015), Botswana After Diamonds: A Study into the Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana’s Diamonds, Mmegi Publishing, Gaborone
  • Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M., Motswapong, M., and, Sekakela, K., (2015), Export Diversification for Export Success in Botswana, in Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M., and, Motswapong M., (2015), Botswana After Diamonds: A Study into the Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana’s Diamonds, Mmegi Publishing, Gaborone
  • Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M., and Motswapong, M., (2014), Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and their Potential Impact on the Botswana Economy, BIDPA Publication Series
  • Sengwaketse, M., (2014), Towards a Diversified Economy: A Preliminary Assessment of the Potential, Prospects and Challenges for Electricity Exports from Botswana, BIDPA Working Paper 39, BIDPA
  • Kaboyakgosi, G., Sengwaketse, M., and,  Balule, T., (2013), Industry Regulation in Botswana, Lightbooks, Gaborone
  • Sengwaketse M. (2013), Construction Sector Regulation-Managing Fragmentation and Complexity, in Kaboyakgosi, G., Sengwaketse, M., and,  Balule, T., Industry Regulation in Botswana, Lightbooks, Gaborone
  • Sentsho, J., Maiketso, J. T., Ndzinge-Anderson, V., Sengwaketse M., and, Kayawe, T., (2007), A Report on the Performance and Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprise in Botswana.
  • Sengwaketse M., (2007), Trade Facilitation and Export Diversification in Botswana, Part 1: Customs and Border Procedures, BIDPA Policy Brief No.5, June, 2007
  • Sengwaketse M., (2007), Trade Facilitation and Export Diversification, Part 2: Transport, BIDPA Policy Brief No.6
  • Sengwaketse M., (2007), Export Diversification and Infrastructure: The Cost of Utilities for Business, BIDPA Policy Brief No.7
  • Kaboyakgosi, G., AND Sengwaketse M., (2003),  Construction and Related Services in Botswana, Working Paper, Southern African Trade Research Network (SATRN) 

 


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