Martin Mwale is a PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch. He is a Development Economist by profession and training. Martin graduated with a first degree in Economics at the University of Malawi and proceeded to work for the Malawi Government. He spent three years working as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist under the Department of Economic Planning and Development, particularly in the Programmes, Projects and Social Economic Policy division. He returned to academia in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Cooperation and Development at the University of Pavia in Italy, graduating in 2016. He then went to Stellenbosch University pursuing Honours in Economics and graduated in 2018.
Martin proceeded with a Masters in Economics and graduated in 2019, cum laude at the same university. Martin is a highly motivated researcher who believes that research can positively contribute to changing people's lives. This vision motivated his career path of working as a researcher who evaluates the impacts of government programmes on household welfare. The greatest challenge to becoming a prominent researcher and attaining the required impact of his aspirations, came in through inability to finance his postgraduate education. Thanks to Cannon Collins Trust, he obtained a scholarship that funded his Masters studies. Not only has Cannon Collins assisted him financially, but of most important has built him into a change maker. He now believes that self advancement is not enough if others are left behind. Therefore, Martin is motivated to make a difference in support of others who are at different stages of career development.
Obtaining a Masters in Economics
To become an established researcher.