Ms Zibuyile Nene

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 031 242 5536

Zibuyile Nene is a Master's Research Trainee in the Education and Skills Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She assumed this position after serving as the Cash plus Care project Research Assistant and Coordinator for the Human and Social Development research programme from August 2018 to September 2019.

The major research area Nene is interested in relates to young people?s self-agency to navigate social, political and economic blocks; whether accessing higher education institutions, employment, business opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods and so on. Nene holds an undergraduate degree in Education and Development studies from the University of KwaZul-Natal. She is currently studying towards her Master's Degree in Development Studies at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Nene has worked on the Cash plus Care project, an impact evaluation of an incentivised behaviour change intervention for young women, aged 19-24 years in King Cetshwayo District, KwaZulu-Natal. On this project her duties included tool development, qualitative data collection (conducting in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and photo voice), and verbatim transcription, translation, coding on qualitative software (Atlas.ti) and reporting. Before joining the HSRC, Nene worked as Programmes Coordinator for the Community Law and Rural Development Centre- an NGO based in Durban, where she was responsible for coordinating community based development projects in various parts of KwaZulu-Natal. She has worked with organizations such as Cwaninga Economics and Development Research Consultants where she conducted feasibility studies for different projects, strategy and literature reviews, Case Study Research (CSR), Ethnographic Research (ER) and Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). She also worked for the Association for Rural Advancement on a project investigating sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in the Amajuba district, and the Newcastle Municipality where she was responsible for contributing to poverty alleviation projects under the Development Planning Directorate.

Nene submitted an abstract which was accepted for an oral presentation at the 2019 International AIDSImpact conference titled: "Young women?s perceptions and experiences of sexual and reproductive health services in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa?. Nene is involved in the Imprint of Education (TIE) project, which is a longitudinal cohort study exploring transformative leadership among young Africans, funded by the MasterCard Foundation.