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The Board of Trustees and Secretariat of the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), a Pan African organisation born of a desire to secure lasting solutions to Africa's debt and development challenges, congratulate Ms Jennifer Susan Chiriga on her appointment to the post of Chief of Staff at the African Union (AU).

Ms Chiriga, a Zimbabwean national contributed immensely to AFRODAD’s programme of work as the Executive Director and a member of the Board of Trustees. We are truly grateful for her invaluable contribution to the crafting of the AFRODAD’s three year Strategic Plan (2012-2015).  Ms Chiriga’s appointment is a testimony to her commitment and contribution to the development of the African continent. Her expertise, experience and hard work have propelled her to this position and we trust that she will continue to work towards enhancing a united and strong Africa. It is encouraging that her appointment coincides with the AU’s 2015 Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063 theme.

Ms. Jennifer Susan holds a BSc in Politics and Administration and MA in Policy Studies through a joint programme of the University of Zimbabwe and University of Fort Hare. She has over 25 years of accumulated work experience across the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe as a Desk Officer, through the development arena, specifically in the NGO sector as a manager in programme administration and management, as well as in policy design and application.  She has executive management experience and has worked extensively on civil society capacity-building strategies. Ms Chiriga has a broad spread of international experience. She was awarded a fellowship on the Africa–Asia Transitional Justice Fellowship Programme, an internationally recognised programme run jointly by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa and the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), based in New York. As part of that programme, she interned with the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) a Cape Town based organisation that works on regional and continental issues. At CCR, she assisted in developing materials for conflict management training, and delivered a high-level conflict management training course for senior Zimbabwe Government officials.

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