Susan Wilkinson-Maposa is a senior social development professional with over 23 years of experience in programme design and management, grant-making, training and facilitation as well as applied research and learning. To this she brings sector and technical expertise in civil society promotion, community development, community philanthropy, gender equality promotion and orphans and vulnerable children in the context of HIV&AIDS.
Susan brings extensive firsthand experience in gender equality promotion as a regional programme officer with UNWOMEN in the Southern African Development Cooperation Region (SADC) and as the Gender Equality Specialist for Cowater International, a consulting company executing development programmes for aid agencies on four continents. As a sector expert she has developed gender equality promotion strategies and provided technical assistance to multi-million dollar bilateral projects that were focussed on service delivery and advocacy.
She has delivered training in gender sensitization, analysis and planning to senior policy makers and planners within the SADC regional and national structures in 10 countries and furthermore managed a small project fund for government and civil society gender mainstreaming pilot projects. In addition, she has over 10 years’ experience in issues of social inclusion and active citizenship in respect to marginalised groups, specifically the poor, district level women and orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. From 2003 to 2009, Susan was a Director of two multi country research inquires for the Ford Foundation at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town where she worked collaboratively at the grassroots level with NGOs and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) developing and pilot testing new instruments and tools designed to engage communities more effectively in development practice that starts with and builds from the world view, leadership, priorities and assets held by the community.