Kimanwa, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is using his degree in development planning and economic management to fight poverty and inequality and to establish food security and water sanitation.
His scholarship — made possible through generous giving on World Communion Sunday — will allow him to complete a master’s degree in economic policy and development management at the United Nations Africa Institute in Dakar, Senegal.
A community developer for more than 20 years, Kimanwa is an active member of The United Methodist Church in the Southern Congo Episcopal Area and will return to his home country upon completing his degree. There he will work in the community development office, focusing on socioeconomic policies, strategies and politics for church self-reliance and Christian well-being.
“My vision is to revitalize an agro-pastoral center, the Kingandu Center, in southwest Lubumbashi, my home town.”
He will also initiate projects and plan training seminars in small project planning, management, evaluation and monitoring for lay and clergy leaders in the church.
Once he earns his master’s degree, Kimanwa will become a senior lecturer, teaching community development management at the Centre Interdisciplinaire pour l’Education et le Développement, Département du Katanga. Eventually, he hopes to earn a doctorate and become a full professor.
“There is a growing need for teachers of socioeconomic politics and project management in my conference,” he said, “so to have one more in this country will contribute a lot to the training of students and the education of the community.” Adding that the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most underdeveloped African nations, he said, “Being a teacher at a university is one of the best ways to bring back what I got by grace from God.”
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