Institutional Affiliation: Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe 


Naome Chakanya is a Development Economist and Senior Researcher at the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ). She attained her Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the Institute of Development Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. She has 15 years of work experience in areas of policy-oriented research, training and capacity building, advocacy and engagement and monitoring and evaluation of projects.  She has been engaged in a number of socio-economic policy analysis and research, policy formulation at the national level. Her areas of research interests include Socio-economic rights, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Natural Resource Management, employment and Decent Work, Climate Change and Green Jobs, Trade Agreements and Women’s Rights. 

She was recently engaged in the writing of the African Development Bank’s Southern Africa Economic Outlook 2020.  Other policy documents she has been engaged in include the Zimbabwe National Employment Policy Framework and the Zimbabwe Labour Migration Policy Framework. Recent work includes co-evaluation the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Green Enterprise Innovation and Development in Zimbabwe Project (2019). Recent publications include a chapter on Gender, Youth and Disability in “Building from the Rubble: The Labour Movement in Zimbabwe Since 2000 (2018); Green Jobs: Case Studies of Green Jobs in Renewable Energy Projects in Zimbabwe (2018); Women Entrepreneurship in a Fragile and Volatile Economy – The Case of Zimbabwe, IGI-Journal (2017); Extractivism and Sustainable Alternative Models of Economic Development, FES (2016).  


Naome Chakanya