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David Mmopelwa

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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.


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.



  • 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).
  • 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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