Pontso Mafethe

Director of Programmes

African Women's Development Fund

Pontso has over 25 years of experience working in social justice, particularly women and girl’s rights in Africa; themes and contexts that have both impacted and inspired her personally and professionally. She is a keen supporter of the leading contribution that African women and their organisations across the world make to the feminist transformation of women’s rights in Africa and worldwide. Her track record includes successful work addressing violence against women, women’s leadership, and economic strengthening with diverse organisations including Action Aid, Comic Relief, International Planned Parenthood Federation, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and as a freelance consultant. She also has decades of experience in strategy development and delivery, programme development and implementation, philanthropy and grant making, resource mobilisation, training and facilitation and people and project management.

Pontso has been a member of Steering Committees for The Red Umbrella Fund and The Girl Generation, is a Board member of EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation and Make Every Woman Count, and was selected twice as one of the BBC 100 Women.