Dr. Fay Hodza is Zimbabwean-born academic, and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his doctoral degree in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) under the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship from 2008 to 2012. He also holds a Masters degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, Dr. Hodza is a Chief Lecturer (equivalence of Associate Professor) of Development Studies and the Academic Cluster Manager of Political, Social and Political Studies disciplines at IIE MSA in South Africa. Dr. Hodza is a transformative development educator, researcher and social change advocate. He has spent the last 15 years of his career creating and expanding learning opportunities and spaces for young people in human and community development in Southern Africa.
His work has opened opportunities for people who misuse and abuse drugs to be active and productive citizens in urban communities in South Africa. He believes that one marker of an inclusive city in the developing world is how it treats its citizens who have unconventional living habits and lifestyles such as those who misuse or abuse drugs. Inclusive cities are known for allowing and creating opportunities for former and current risky drug users to exercise their agency, capabilities and functionings. Hence, his presentation will be titled, “Building inclusive cities: Why private businesses should invest in the inclusion of risky drug users in cities?”
Dr. Hodza has written academic and thought leadership articles on drug abuse and drug policy reform, leadership, gender and sexuality issues, and story-telling for development. He has taught at universities in several countries including South Africa, the United States of America and Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he has worked extensively with national and international NGOs including Oxfam GB, Save the Children, Practical Action, and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). His work in these organisations included providing leadership in monitoring and evaluation of development projects, training in community based development, livelihoods and agricultural recovery, establishing banana value chains, HIV and nutrition programmes, community home based care for HIV infected and affected households, orphans and vulnerable children projects, and gender and HIV mainstreaming policy development.