Mr. Jethro Zuwarimwe

Senior Lecturer, Institute for Rural Develoment
Thohoyandou, Limpopo
South Africa


Before receiving the KSAL fellowship, I was working at a District Facilitation Agency in the Chimanimani District of Zimbabwe, having obtained my Master’s degree through self-sponsorship. I was working with various community members including women, traditional and business leaders and other Kellogg Fellows in the area. Perhaps they saw my passion for working with these various sectors because the Leadership Regional Network (LeaRN) established by the Kellogg Foundation enlisted me to facilitate some of their youth programmes and, from there, invited me to attend their leadership training starting in 2001. The KSAL leadership training and materials, interfacing with other Fellows, and my PhD studies – all made possible by Kellogg – broadened my leadership horizon. Having participated in KSAL leadership forums, I can safely say I am a better leader at work, in my family, and in the academic world where I have so far supervised a long list of Master’s and PhD students. I can safely say I have made an impact in the academic arena as I have supervised and continue to supervise and serve as an external examiner for a long list of students. I have also taken on a leadership role in my community. Currently, I am assisting a number of unemployed members in my community with absolutely no external financing, having failed to secure funding from a number of organizations I sold my ideas to. At the family level, I have assumed my rightful position as a leader even after the death of both of my parents. This is very important to me as it has allowed me to keep the family intact. The greatest challenge I have faced is providing strategic leadership to my seven siblings who are all adults. For African families, I believe there is a need to keep sticking together, so I am providing that leadership.