Jana Frey | 07.09.2018 | 631 Aufrufe | Interviews

Kabaso Kabwe | "The Utility of Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Framework for Assessing Policy Implementation: A Case Study of Mobile Hospitals in Lusaka Province, Zambia"

Lisa Maskell Fellowships at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

In 2014, the Gerda Henkel Foundation initiated a scholarship programme supporting young humanities scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia in honour of the foundation's founder, Lisa Maskell. It is the largest international support programme for PhD students in the history of the Foundation. The Lisa Maskell Fellowships aim to strengthen universities in the partner countries, to counter the outflow of qualified young scholars and to ensure the doctoral students enjoy excellent academic training.

In the following months, L.I.S.A. will publish interviews with the Lisa Maskell Fellows from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in which they will talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.

This week we welcome Kabaso Kabwe from Zambia. After graduating from the University of Western Cape in South Africa, she started his PhD in Political Science with the thesis The Utility of Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Framework for Assessing Policy Implementation: A Case Study of Mobile Hospitals in Lusaka Province, Zambia at Stellenbosch University in 2016. Kabaso Kabwe has had to withdraw from the programme since then due to personal reasons and she has relocated to Johannesburg to continue work on her thesis there.

Kabaso Kabwe

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"Bring in practitioners with a humanities background"

L.I.S.A.: What is the status of the humanities in Zambia, your home country?

Kabaso Kabwe: Zambia is experiencing a growth in the development of the humanities in both theory (academics) and in practice. In terms of training, there are now a number of private universities and colleges that are offering courses in the humanities. In practice, the government is still the biggest employer in the field of the humanities. Even in fields traditionally not related to the humanities, like health, we have seen recent efforts by the government to bring in practitioners with a humanities background, most notably in public policy, public administration, social work and human resources.

L.I.S.A.: Have you ever encountered problems in the realization of your academic career?

Kabaso Kabwe: Not as much. I have benefited from bursaries and scholarships since my undergraduate degree up until the PhD. For my undergraduate degree, I received a government bursary and for my Masters, I was fully sponsored by the DAAD. It is only now that I have encountered some financial challenges after having relocated from Cape Town and therefore forfeiting my scholarship. However, I am still on course and positive that this will not affect my completion and submission of the thesis to obtain my PhD. I also take this opportunity to thank the Lisa Maskell Fellowship for awarding me a scholarship in the first place.

"The findings will inform future development and implementation of public policy"

L.I.S.A.: What is your PhD project about and what got you interested in the chosen topic to begin with?

Kabaso Kabwe: I am testing the theory of multiple streams in the implementation of public policy, by taking the implementation of Mobile Hospitals in Zambia as a case. The findings will inform future development and implementation of public policy, especially in health. I got interested in the topic through my background having worked for the Ministry of Health before and being aware of some of the controversial decisions made in health policy such as the purchase of the mobile units. I have a particular interest in health policy, health systems and research. 

"It is not common for many PhD programmes to offer structured courses"

L.I.S.A.: What has your experience at Stellenbosch been like? Have there been any differences to the University of Western Cape in South Africa and possibly other institutions you have previously attended?

Kabaso Kabwe: My experience at Stellenbosch has been great. I have supportive and responsive supervisors who have been providing guidance and have been helping to shape my work. I have also benefited from insightful courses, workshops and seminars that were organised by the Graduate School in the first year of registration. They were really helpful from proposal preparation to the final write up (which I am currently occupied with). It is not common for many PhD programmes to offer structured courses so it is really wonderful that the Graduate School does so. It has also been great to interact and share experiences with fellows from many other African countries. Overall, my experience at Stellenbosch has been a positive one.

There have not been that many differences between Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape in terms of academics. However, I notice differences between my university in Zambia and universities I have attended here. Generally, there is a lot of academic support here and material is usually available. If the library does not have a particular reading, there is a system to help source it elsewhere. The culture of research is also really strong in academic institutions here. These are things that most universities in Zambia could improve on, including the University of Zambia that I attended. Research output is still a work in progress.

"Interested in developing research around agenda setting in mental health"

L.I.S.A.: What are the opportunities in Zambia to pursue different degree options

Kabaso Kabwe: There are a number of opportunities now as many universities and colleges have been opened, but not very strong research opportunities. That is something I wish to contribute to. After my PhD, I would like to teach research, publish and mentor young scholars to pursue higher degrees. I also am interested in developing research around agenda setting in mental health through a programme called PsycHealth Zambia. (

L.I.S.A.: What are your plans concerning your future career once you have obtained your PhD?

Kabaso Kabwe: I wish to lecture in public policy/health policy and other social sciences, as well as advance to implementation research. I also intend to engage in consultancy work related to policy, governance and research, some of I have already started doing.

Kabaso Kabwe has answered the questions in written form.

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