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Maureen Kwilasa
Techincal Advisor- Financial Inclusion , CARE USA
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rights-based development practitioner with over 8 years of experience working within East and Southern Africa, leading programs, training, conducting campaigns and advocacy around savings groups, smallholder farming, value chain development, agriculture financing, land rights and women’s economic empowerment. Currently, leading the scaling of Savings Groups (VSLAs) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
? Development and coordination for the learning, for influencing agenda for CARE’s Southern Africa sub-regional office (covering Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) around financial inclusion for advancing food and nutrition security and climate change resilience for rural populations, with an emphasis on women and girls.
? Provision of technical capacity in the design and implementation of programs and advocacy campaigns that integrate women’s economic empowerment and food and nutrition security in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
? Documenting and sharing policy and practice around rural populations experience regarding access to formal financial services and its relationships to livelihoods development in Southern Africa.
? Providing technical support CARE offices, CARE Teams and partners in the region, mapping opportunities and capacities around innovation and scaling for Savings Groups in the region.
? Developing and supporting expertise within country teams and provision of technical assistance to financial inclusion projects to CARE and partners working with savings groups in the region.
Masters in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (GENEVA ACADEMY, UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, GVA, SWITZERLAND (2013)

Bachelor of Laws in Law, UNIVERSITY OF READING, Reading, UK (2011)
LLB (Hons) Law
o Classification: Second Class honours, upper division (2:1), 3.7 GPA
o Lexicon Legal Newsletter published writer
o Participant, LAWASIA National Moot Competition 2009
o President and advisory member to the Community Service Society
o Law Society Secretary
o Study Abroad: Taylor’s University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2008-2010)

o Principal subjects covered:
Contract Law, Principles of Tort Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law, International Law, Foundations of European Union Law, International Human Rights Law, Family Law and Revenue Law

o Grade Average: 91.6%
o Graduated in the top 10% of the class
o Recipient of the ‘Mérite scolaire de l’Ontario’ Award

o Principal subjects covered:
History of the West and the World: From the Dark Ages to World War II, Challenge and Change in Society (Socio-Psychology), Individuals and Family in Modern Society (Sociology), Biology, Canadian and World Issues and Canadian and International Law.
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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Swahili
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