Dr. Khabele Matlosa

Dr. Khabele Matlosa is a visiting Professor at the Centre for African Diplomacy and Leadership at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a Ph.D in Political Studies from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Sweden; a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Leeds University, UK; a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

He is the former Senior Governance Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is the former Director, Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is the author of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance which evolved between 2004 and 2006. This Charter was ultimately adopted by the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 30 January 2007. It came into force in 2012 following its ratification by 15 Member States of the AU. Working with two other African experts, he researched and co-authored the AU Panel of the Wise Report on “Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence: Strengthening the Role of the African Union in Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict”. This report was adopted by the AU in 2009. The report has informed and guided the AU Panel of the Wise in its preventive diplomacy interventions in crises situations in Africa, particularly those related to election-related conflicts. In 2021, he was commissioned as one of the 10 African experts to prepare a strategic reflection report for UNDP entitled “Re-Imagining Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa” meant to re-orient UNDP’s next strategic plan, 2023-2025.

He has researched and written widely on various governance, democracy, elections peace and development issues in Africa. His latest publications include “Electoral systems, party systems and coalitions: Lessons from Southern Africa”, in Booysen, S. ed. 2021. Marriages of Convenience: The Politics of coalitions in South Africa, Johannesburg: Mupungubwe Institutute for Strategic Reflection: Johannesburg, pp97-126 and “Governance in Africa: AU achievements, challenges and prospects’ in Okumu, W. and Atta-Asamoah, A. (ed). 2023. The Africa Union at 20: African perspectives on progress, challenges and prospects, Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies (ISS), pp158-186.



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