Gilbert Muyumbu

Gilbert Muyumbu

Role: Governance and Accountability Advisor, Africa

Team: Inclusive Governance team


Currently I am advisor on inclusive governance and accountability for the Eastern, Southern and Horn of Africa region within CARE International UK’s inclusive governance team. I joined CARE International UK in June 2014. My area of interest is exploring ways through which organised society interacts with and shapes the behaviour of the state and its agents in the developing world. As part of CARE International UK based in Nairobi (rather than within its headquarters in London), I constantly navigate the zone between complex theorisations of development formulated in the North, and their practical application and implications in the South.

I have an MA degree, focusing on the politics of industrial policy in Kenya, from Egerton University in Kenya. I am currently pursuing a PhD focusing on state restraint through social organisation and action. Previously I worked for ActionAid International as coordinator and manager of governance projects in Kenya and regional advisor for Africa based at MS TCDC in Arusha Tanzania.

One good thing I’ve read

Achille Mbembe’s On the Postcolony should be a very refreshing read for those interested in new perspectives on the African post-colonial situation. I highly recommend it.


Blog posts

The Doing Development Differently (DDD) agenda promises a number of changes in the development business. It has a