Pinkie Kebakile holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Capetown, South Africa. She also holds a Masters of Commerce Degree in Economics from the same university, that is, the University of Capetown. She is an Associate Researcher at BIDPA, working under the Poverty and Welfare Unit. Her research interests are in Poverty Measurement and Analysis, Rural Development, International Trade, Macroeconomics and Forecasting. She has been involved in a number of research and or consultancy projects at BIDPA as a team member. She contributed a chapter on the “Consultancy on the Viability and Long Term Development Strategy for the Livestock (Beef) Sub-Sector in Botswana”. The Chapter is on “The Competitiveness of the Botswana’s Beef Industry”. Other projects include, inter alia, “The Feasibility of Mandatory Fortification of Cereals in Botswana”, A National Trade Policy for Botswana: Zero Draft and Consultations” and “Review of the Existing Welfare Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Botswana”. Mrs Kebakile has also sat in a number of Reference Groups for the following studies: “The Export Audit” for the Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association, “Migration of Nurses” for the Nurses Association of Botswana and the “Bee Keeping Feasibility study for Bee Farming Commercialisation in Botswana” for the Ministry of Agriculture.
In addition, Ms Kebakile is involved in the coordination of the Botswana Trade and Poverty Programme (BTPP) – a programme that promotes dialogue on trade and poverty issues in the country among the public and private sectors as well as the civil society. Mrs Kebakile also assists with the management of the project on “Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). BIDPA serves as the Secretariat to the National Steering Committee of the Network. In addition, she currently produced an article for the BIDPA Briefing on “Rising Global Food Prices: Causes and Implications for Botswana