Martin Namasaka is a seasoned International Development Specialist with considerable years of experience working with a wide range of organizations drawn from diverse countries in Africa (Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda).
He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he was a Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) scholar. He has in-depth knowledge of (current) African development approaches, and ample experience with large complex donor funded programs. During his studies at the LSE, he participated in the 2015 BBC Africa Debate on, “Has Africa Outgrown Development Aid?” (30mins).
Martin earned his undergraduate degree in Development Communication at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi.
In his career path, Mr. Namasaka has had the chance to be part of a team that formulated the regional Ebola Communications and Prevention road map, to prevent the spread of Ebola, for the entire African continent alongside organizations such as the African Union (AU), World Health Organization (WHO), World Council of Churches (WCC), UNICEF, ECOWAS, BBC Media Action, and the International Federation of Red Cross in Dakar Senegal. This experience contributed to his research paper “There is no Ebola Here: Lessons from Uganda and Liberia on the Political Economy of Epidemics” published by the Public Sphere Journal-a journal of international policy studies which aims to address some of today’s most important policy dilemmas via evidence-based research in economics and political science).
Martin has been trained in using Storytelling for Advocacy, during a training in Turkey organized by the Open Society Foundation. Consequently, he was certified by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) in; HIV/AIDS, TB & Human Rights in Africa, Investment in Excellence by the Pacific Institute, and Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P Approach) in Cape Town, South Africa. He has also worked as a Project Communications Consultant at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Lusaka Zambia.
Mr. Namasaka is also a descendant of Nabongo Mumia, the King of the Wanga Kingdom.
In 2018, Martin was featured among 50 communications experts in the continent contributing to Africa’s socio-economic rise. Click here to download the report (p.153).