Patience is a skilled trainer, researcher and material developer and an accredited trainer to the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) programme, with particular focus on the socio-economic and political development of the African region. Her areas of speciality and interest centre on working with youth, women and political parties in leadership development and democratic governance issues. She has worked in Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, where she has been championing the roll out of the Initiative for Leadership and Democracy in Africa (ILEDA).Her research interests are in gender, conflict, social capital and civic agency. She holds a Masters’ degree in Public and Development Management from the University of Witwatersrand, a Masters degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from Stellenbosch University and an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe.She is an Associate of Democracy Works Foundation, a Johannesburg-based think-tank that enables citizens with tools to make democracy work.
Excellence in political leadership should be a non-negotiable in Africa where the need, desire and demand for it is critical.