Dr Zitha Mokomane
Dr Zitha Mokomane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She was previously a Chief Research Specialist in the Human and Social Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Population studies at the University of Botswana. She holds a MA and a PhD in Demography, both from the Australian National University. She has extensive research, policy and programmatic expertise in the fields of family studies, with specific interest in work-family interface; social policy analysis; as well as poverty reduction and social protection. Examples of her recent work in this regard includes the development of the South Africa White Paper on Families which was approved by cabinet in June 2013; the drafting of the African Common Position on the Family (African Union Commission, 2012); the development of a Policy Framework on Social Security to Youth in South Africa (National Department of Social Development, 2012); and the development of the Social Policy Framework for Africa (African Union Commission, 2008). Among her most recent publications in these areas is a paper entitledSocial Protection as a Mechanism for Family Protection in sub-Saharan Africa(International Journal of Social Welfare, 2012) and an edited book entitledWork-Family Interface in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Responses (Springer publishing, 2014).