In 2011, having received the email from Do-Good Lab a small nongovernmental organization in the United States of America saying they want to support the implementation of a borehole project in Malawi, little did Mr. Frank Kamanga knew that his first project will boost the profile of Global Hope Mobilization(GLOHOMO), a local non organization in Malawi which he co-founded. GLOHOMO is now running projects worth more than $1 million dollars from a $10,000 grant. The growth of GLOHOMO instilled in him a great sense of achievement as a young leader. Ironically he was only working with GLOHOMO on voluntary basis as co-founder and a director of programes but officially he also held a job as an economist at the Central Bank of Malawi. He was using part of his income to finance the growth of GLOHOMO. Frank Kamanga, is a 30 years old Malawian man and single. He is the first born in a family of six. He is currently living and studying master degree in economics at Marmara University in Istanbul in Turkey.
After a bachelors degree in social science in economics, he first of all begun his professional career as an intern at Malawi Health Equity Network(MHEN) a local non governmental organisation in Malawi. After gaining skills in project managemnet he decided to establish his own non governmental organisation called Global Hope Mobilization. After working with MHEN for 8 months he joined the Central Bank of Malawi in april 2010. At the Central Bank he learned several macroeoconimcs analysis and research skills. However coming from a bank ground of development projects he had always desired to pursue development economics. In 2013 he secured a scholarship with the Turkish governmnet to study Masters in Development Economics and Growth at Marmara University in İstanbul.
As a researcher he has managed to work on different academic and research projects. Some of his notable research work include: International Treatment Preparedness Coalition’s Missing The Target 8-Rationing Funds, Risking Lives: World backtracks on HIV treatment-2010, Measuring Exchange Market Pressure Index in Malawi-Reserve Bank of Malawi staff working paper-2014, Political Economy of Ecosystem Management in The North-South Geographıcal Space: Commodification of Ecosystem Services.
On the leadership and project management front, he is the co-founder of Global Hope Mobilisation (GLOHOMO), a local NGO in Malawi, Project Coordinator of African Students Association in Turkey-2014-2015. Currently he is holding two volunteer positions namely; Research coordinator at Istanbul Medeniyet University Project Department in Turkey and resource mobilization officer of Center for Child Development and Research in Malawi.
More so Frank, being a person exposed to different international cultures and having experience in Internatıonal travels he can partıcipate in international workshops and conferences. He has also organised and attended a couple of international conferences and symposium; Southern Africa Youth Conference on Climate Change in Lilongwe 2010, Southern and Eastern Africa Youth Conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health in 2013, the 1st International Students Congress for Social Science in Turkey in 2015 and the 8th World Youth Forum ’Right to Dialogue’ in Italy, 2015.