Mandipa is an international development practitioner with a comprehensive range of skills acquired from having worked for the Botswana Government, the non-profit sector, and the United Nations. She has experience in development programming which spans over 8 years, having worked extensively with various public and non-profit organisations in areas which include gender transformative programming, human rights advocacy (socio-economic rights), minority rights protection (refugee and migrants in particular), humanitarian assistance, transitional & restorative justice as well as sustainable development.
As a protection officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Mandipa led multi-year solutions-oriented protection strategies in collaboration with various multi-functional teams and partners, these programs benefited a wide range of people of concern (refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people), she has also provided research support to the International Commission of Jurists (Africa Office). Mandipa is also a board member at Botswana based NGO WoMen Against Rape, a 2019 Obama Foundation Africa Leader and sits on the editorial board of the OSISA BUWA Journal (which she has been published in, twice).
She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Laws (in Public International Law) from the University of London and a Master of Public Administration (in International Development) from the University of York for which she obtained a 2014 Commonwealth Scholarship. She is currently completing a Doctor of Laws in Human Rights at the Centre for Human Rights University of Pretoria; her research is a socio-legal analysis of laws and policies which regulate women Zimbabwean labour migrants who work in Botswana’s informal sector.Mandipa Machacha has extensive experience in working in: Botswana, Finland, South Africa, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Major areas of expertise include: Capacity assessments and development, Engaging marginalized groups, Human rights and protection, Humanitarian responses, mechanisms and programmes, Policy and concept development, and Sustainable development