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Thokozile Madonko

Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) Public Economy Project (PEP), Wits University

Thokozile Madonko

Thokozile is currently a researcher at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at Wits University, managing the Public Economy Project. Using her master’s in political theory, she has worked in climate justice, development cooperation, and public finance, focusing on health financing, gender-responsive budgeting, national, subnational and parliamentary governance, transparency and accountability. Over the years, she has served as programme manager for Heinrich Boell Foundation, coordinator of the Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF); organizer for the People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA). She spent four years at the International Budget Partnership as a Programme officer for the IBP’s Zambia partnership initiative and was a Trainer/Technical Assistance Provider in IBP training programme. Her love for activism deepened at the Public Service Accountability Monitor at Rhodes University. Her other full-time job is parenting an extraordinary rebel girl and writing poetry while plotting a feminist revolution.


Countries Southern Africa;
Topics Care and social protection in Southern Africa; Care economy; Care inequalities; Gender and care; Social Protection; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Economic evaluation; Literature reviews and synthesis; Policy analysis; Theory of Change; Training materials;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care and social protection in Southern Africa; Economics of Long-Term Care; Long-Term Care Policy;
Research interests

My research areas are inequality studies, public economics, budget analysis and advocacy and austerity, social protection, social provisioning and feminist economics and care work.

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Media Coverage

No, minister. Increasing VAT was avoidable