Tirivangani Mutazu is the interim Head of Programmes and Senior Policy Analyst responsible for the Debt Management Thematic Area. The key objective of this portfolio is to contribute to finding sustainable solutions to the African debt crisis and the aversion of future debts. Under this portfolio Tiri takes the lead on issues around responsible borrowing, fair and transparent arbitration debt mechanism and publicly supported private finance. Tiri has vast experience on debt issues having joined AFRODAD as Programme Assistant in 2000. Since then, he has been working in research and advocacy teams campaigning for debt arbitration, inclusive loan contraction processes, unconditional cancellation of illegitimate and odious debts, development debt swaps, impact of HIPC debt relief initiatives, PRSPs, and prudent debt management by African countries.
In 2006 Tiri was seconded to the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in Oslo, Norway to advise NCA on developing countries’ debt issues. His responsibilities included; integrating debt and economic justice issues into other NCA programmes and assisting NCA in articulating illegitimate debt issues within the international network and the ecumenical movement. Tiri holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in International Development Studies from the University of Oslo and Bsc (Hons) Degree in Political Science from the University of Zimbabwe.