Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Gita Honwana Welch
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Gita Honwana Welch is currently an independent consultant on international development. Between 2011 and 2013 she was director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Service Center for West and Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to this, she served as UNDP country director in Angola (2006-10), and as director of the Democratic Governance Group at UNDP in New York. Honwana Welch has extensive knowledge and hands on experience in restoring justice systems in post conflict situations, both in her native Mozambique, and in East Timor, where she served as minister of justice during the UN led transition (2000-01). With over 20 years’ experience in international development, Honwana Welch has been a panellist and presenter in several global and regional conferences and workshops. She received her Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York and her D.Phil from Oxford University (Wolfson College).


  • International human rights
  • Rule of law and access to justice
  • Governance, public policy and institutional development
  • Gender
  • Post-conflict transitions


2011-13Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Service Center for West and Central Africa (based in Dakar, Senegal)
2006-10Country Director, UNDP, Angola
2001-06Practice Leader and Director of Democratic Governance, UNDP, New York

Broadcast experience



  • English (broadcast standard)
  • Portuguese (broadcast standard)
  • French (broadcast standard)
  • Lead Editor ‘Access to Justice for the Poor’, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009
  • Lead Editor ‘UN Report on Governance in the Least Developed Countries’, 2006, UNDP/UN-OHRLLS, NY, 2006
  • Empowering People and Institutions for Building Sustainable Societies’, in Enhancing Democratic Governance in East Asia, Ryokichi Hirono, Editor, ADP Committee, Japan, 2004
  • Freedom of Expression, Mozambique case study’, in The Meaning and Significance of Freedom of Expression in the Commonwealth’, Robert Martin, Editor, ISBN, Canada, December 1999
  • Co-Author (Welch and Sachs): ‘Liberating the law – Creating Popular Justice in Mozambique’, Zed books, London, 1990