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Dr. Edmos Mtetwa


Doctor of Philosophy in Social Studies (Disability and Public Policy) ,University of Zimbabwe ;Master Science in Social Work ,University of Zimbabwe(2008); Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Degree ,University of Zimbabwe, (2002)

Academic Appointments:

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests:

Disability, empowerment and participation in public life, Human rights, social justice, Citizen participation and public policy ; Social policy, Poverty reduction, Social development and Social protection; Rural development, Livelihoods, Rural industrialization and Sustainable agriculture for poverty reduction.

Faculty: Social And Behavioural Sciences
Department: Social Work
Research Category: Behavioral Sciences

Phone: +263 712518130

1. Mugumbate, J., & Mtetwa, E. (2019). Reframing social work research for Africa’s consumers of research products: A guiding tool. African Journal of Social Work, 9(2), 52-58.
2. Mtetwa, E. (2019). Participation of youths with disabilities in Civil Society structures and programmes in Zimbabwe: The role of mainstream Civil Society Organisations. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 34(1), 25-53.
3. Mtetwa, E. (2018). Rural social security for Zimbabwe: challenges and opportunities for state and non-state actors. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 33(1), 131-156.
4. Mtetwa, E. (2018). Corruption, Institutional Decay and Social Capital: The Case of Zimbabwe Republic Police. Review of Human Factor Studies, 24(1), 66-80.
5. Mtetwa, E. (2018). Disability and the challenge of employment in Zimbabwe: A Social Protection perspective. African Journal of Social Work, 8(2), 78-84.
6. Mtetwa, E., & Nlanga, G. (2018). The effects of depressed prices of cotton on sustainable livelihoods for communal farmers in Zimbabwe: the case of ward 6, Gokwe South District. Journal of Gleanings from Academic Outliers, 7(1), 25-40.
7. Mtetwa, E. (2017). Disability at the crossroads: The culture of exclusion and the 2013 constitution for Zimbabwe. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 31(2), 25 – 48.
8. Mtetwa, E., & Ruparanganda, W. (2016). Disability and the quest for bureaucratic representation in Zimbabwe. The Indian Journal of Social Work, 77(1), 33-48.
9. Muchacha, M., Dziro, C., & Mtetwa, E. (2016). The implications of neoliberalism for the care of orphans in Zimbabwe: Challenges and opportunities for social work practice. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(2), 84-93.
10. Mthethwa, E. (2016). Implementation of appropriate minimum body of knowledge in training and practice of social work in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Social Work, 6(1), 42-50.
11. Mtetwa E., Nyikahadzoi K., Matsika A.B., Shava N. & Chikwaiwa, B. K. (2015). Perceived risks of Social Media on children: The case of pupils from four selected Harare schools. In Zimbabwe Child Monitor Women’s University Child Sensitive Social Policies (pp. 31-38).
12. Muchacha, M., & Mthetwa, E. (2015). Dynamics of child sexual abuse in Zimbabwe: Towards a socio-ecological framework of prevention. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development, 27(1), 118-136.
13. Mtetwa, E., & Nyikahadzoi, K. (2013). Socioeconomic circumstances of children with disabilities in Zimbabwe: Implications for human and social capital development. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 28(2), 31-51.
14. Muchacha, M., & Mtetwa, E. (2014). Social and economic barriers to exclusive breast feeding in rural Zimbabwe. International Journal of MCH and AIDS, 3(1), 16.
15. Muchacha, M. & Mthetwa, E. (2015). Beyond the bio-medical orthodoxies: Socio-economic and attitudinal impediments to exclusive breast feeding in rural Zimbabwe and possible roles of social workers and interventions to promote its uptake. Journal of Social Work, 51(1), 63-79.
16. Mtetwa, E. (2013).The Tenacity of Tradition: Disability and the New Constitution for Zimbabwe. Research Open Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine, 1(1), 1-11.
17. Mtetwa, E. (2017). The Ghost of Culture: The budget as an instrument of exclusion in Zimbabwe. The Indian Journal of Social Work, 74(3-4), 411-432.
18. Mtetwa, E., & Muchacha, M. (2013). Towards a national social protection policy: Knowledge and lessons from a comparative analysis of the design and implementation of Public Assistance and Harmonised Social Cash Transfer programmes in Zimbabwe. IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 11(3), 18-24.
19. Mtetwa, E. & Zinyemba, L., (2013). Understanding Health Literacy: Health Policy and the Challenge of grassroots participation. Journal of Behavioural Sciences in Asia, 1(3). 2-15.
20. Mtetwa, L., Dziro, C. & Takaza, S., (2013). Poverty and Rural Development; Tapping from grassroots. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention, 1(5), 21-35.
21. Mtetwa, E., & Muridzo, N. (2013). An analysis of the 2013 National Budget Statement and its implications for social work practise in Zimbabwe. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 13(5), 1-6.
22. Nyikahadzoi, K., Chikwaiwa, B. K., & Mtetwa, E. (2013). Determinants of school attendance among children with disability in Zimbabwe and implication on disability policy. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 25(2), 167-182.
23. Mtetwa, E., & Muchacha, M. (2013). The price of professional silence: Social work and human rights in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Social Work, 3(1), 19-43.
24. Dziro, C., Mtetwa, E., Mukamuri, B. & Chikwaiwa, B. K. (2013). Challenges faced by western-modelled residential care institutions in preparing the residents for meaningful re-integration into society: A case study of a Harare-based children's home. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 28(2),113.
25. Mtetwa, E. (2012). The dilemma of social difference: disability and institutional discrimination in Zimbabwe. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 18(1), 169-184.
26. Mtetwa, E. (2011). Cross-cutting issues disability and the constitution making process for Zimbabwe. The Indian Journal of Social Work. 72(2), 93-112.
27. Mtetwa, E. (2017). Policy dimensions of exclusion: Disability as charity and not right in Zimbabwe. The Indian Journal of Social Work, 72(3), 381-398.
28. Mtetwa, E. (2010). The Place of Persons with Disabilities in Zimbabwean Society. International Journal of Social Science, 2(5), 1-6.
29. Mtetwa, E. (2012). Understanding the plight of persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe and policy implications: A literature review and analysis. International Journal of humanities, 2(3), 115-123.

Book Chapter(s)
1. Hlatywayo L. Mtetwa, E. & Chataika T. (Eds.) ,(2020). Breaking down barriers to Inclusive learning in Zimbabwe: A student teacher handbook. Harare: Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe. (p.?)
2. Mtetwa, E. (2020). Social Work Education for Social Justice and Poverty Reduction in Africa. In Handbook of social work education. London: Routledge
3. Mtetwa, E. (2017). Trading the hard road: Social work ethics and the politicization of food distribution in Zimbabwe. In The handbook of social work ethics. London: Routledge.
4. Mtetwa, E. & Muchacha M. (2017). Decolonizing childcare practice in rural Zimbabwe: embracing local cultures In M.Gray. (Ed). (2017).The handbook of social work and social development in Africa (pp.). London: Routledge.
5. Mtetwa, E. & Ruparanganda, L., (2015). Social policy and legislation in Zimbabwe. In: Social Work Conversion Examination Modules. Harare: Council of Social Workers.
6. Mugumbate., J.& Mtetwa, E. (2014). People with disabilities in Zimbabwe’. In A. Nyanguru & C. Nyoni, (Eds.). Promoting social work for Zimbabwe’s development. Bindura: Bindura University Press.
7. Mtetwa E. (2014). Disability policy and practice in Zimbabwe. In J. Mugumbate, O. Dodo ,F. Maushe ,L. Ruparanganda , M. Zembere, D. Makwerere , E. Ngwerume . & E. Mtetwa (Eds.). Development policy and practice: Making use of population census data in Zimbabwe. Harare: IDA Publishers.
Conference Papers
1. Mtetwa E. (2019, July 4-5). Persons with Disabilities as Peace Actors. A paper presented at a Workshop on Dialogue Processes for Persons with Disabilities in Zimbabwe. Organised by Deaf Zimbabwe Trust in collaboration with the Office of the President and Cabinet. Jacaranda Room 1, Rainbow Towers Hotel, Harare.
2. Mtetwa E. (2019, July, 31-August 2). Crafting the national disability policy under the guidance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Challenges and opportunities for Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. National Disability Expo, Large City Hall, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
3. Mtetwa E. (2019, August 14-15). The coping strategies employed by rural peasants in the face of climate change and variability in Zimbabwe: The case of Mberengwa District [Paper presentation]. Social Protection and Climate Change in the SADC: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Protea Parktonian all Suit Hotel, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.
4. Mtetwa E. (2018, April 11). Disability and the challenge of equality before the law in Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. Council of Social Workers Annual Conference, Harare, University of Zimbabwe.
5. Mtetwa E. (2018, August 24). Rethinking social security: the case for Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. Harare: Council of Social Workers Symposium: University of Zimbabwe,
6. Mtetwa E. (2017, October 3-4). Poverty as Powerlessness in contemporary disability studies. Southern Africa Social Protection Network (3-4 October 2016) Protea, Parktonian Hotel, Braamforntein, Johannesburg, South Africa.
7. Mtetwa E. (2017, May, 3-4). Disability and the challenge of unemployment in Zimbabwe: A social protection perspective[Paper presentation]. Southern African Social Protection Experts Network Conference, Protea, Parktonian Hotel, Braamforntein Johannesburg: South Africa.
8. Mtetwa E. (2017, August 16-18). Disability, citizenship and participation in Africa: University of Zimbabwe, Harare.
9. Mtetwa E. (2017 April 11). The role of non-state actors in Zimbabwe’s development. Context Analysis of the Social, Political, Economic and Environmental Situation Symposium (Organized by Action Aid), Bronte Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe.
10. Mtetwa E. (2017, March 17-18). Promoting a sustainable social policy framework for poverty reduction in Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. Council for Social Workers Zimbabwe: Annual Conference, Bindura University, Zimbabwe.
11. Mtetwa E. & Nianga, G. (2017, June 25-27). An investigation into the effects of depressed prices of cotton on sustainable livelihood for communal farmers in Zimbabwe. The case of Ward 6, Gokwe South District [Paper presentation]. Social Work Conference, Livingston, Zambia.
12. Mtetwa E. (2017, October 8-11). Social work education for Social justice and poverty reduction in Africa. Oliver Tambo international Conference Centre: Birchwood Hotel, Bocksburg: Johannesburg, South Africa.
13. Mtetwa E. (2016, June 7-10). Moving the mountains: Social Work practice in defence of human rights and social justice in Africa [Paper presentation]. Global Poverty Conference, Millasville University, United States of America.
14. Mtetwa E. (2016, September 16). Fields of Social Work Practice in Zimbabwe [Paper presentation]. Conference on unlocking the potential for social workers’ sensitization workshop, Cresta Oasis Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe.
15. Mtetwa E. (2015, November, 3-4). The quest for political participation of youths with disabilities in Zimbabwe: The role of mainstream civil society organizations [Conference presentation]. Disability Rights in Africa, University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights, South Africa.

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Thesis examination experience
• University of South Africa (Doctoral theses)
• University of Zululand (Doctoral theses)
• University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Masters theses)
• Durban University of Technology (Masters and Doctoral theses)
• University of Limpopo (Doctoral theses)

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