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Jan Kees van Donge   
Regional Coordinator Africa, Country Coordinator Tanzania 
Telephone +31 (0)71 527 4064 
Fax +31 (0)71 527 3344 
E-mail JDonge@ascleiden.nl 
Jan Kees van Donge taught for a total of twenty years at three African universities, His first appointment in Africa was at the University of Zambia (1971-78). From 1982-1989 he worked at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in the period 1992-1997 he taught at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Zomba. In the Netherlands he started as a teaching assistant at the Free University Amsterdam where he obtained his first degrees in political science. After returning from Tanzania he was appointed at Wageningen University –then named Wageningen Agricultural University. Since 1997 he taught, with an interruption of three years as an independent consultant, at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. In the last period, he taught as well regularly at the University of Namibia.
Although he was mostly appointed to teach public administration type subjects, he also frequently conducted courses on comparative politics or on the political economy of agriculture. He gained his Ph.D. in 1993 at Wageningen University on a sociological analysis of economic life in the Uluguru Mountains Tanzania. However, he did not only publish on subjects of rural sociology, but also on African politics and public management type subjects.
Selected publications

  • Review of 'Göran Djurfeldt, Hans Holmén, Magnus Jirström and Rolf Larsson, The African food crisis: lessons from the Asian Green Revolution. Wallingford UK and Cambridge MA: CABI Publishing, 2005', Development and Change 39 (2008), forthcoming.

  • 'Flexible SWAps for Strategic Policy-making: Reflections on the Zambian Experience', Development Policy Review 25 (2007):473-494.

  • 'Land reform in Namibia: issues of equity and poverty', (co-author), in: A, Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Saturnino M.Borras, Cristobal Kay (eds.): Land, poverty and livelihoods in an age of globalization: perspectives from developing and transitional countries (London: Routledge, 2007).

  • 'A decade of legislature-executive squabble in Malawi', (co-author), in: M. Salih (ed.): African Parliaments between governance and government (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005):201-25.

  • 'Disordering the market, the liberalisation of growing and trading tobacco in Malawi', The Journal of Southern African Studies (2002):89-117.

  • 'The fate of an African chaebol: Malawi’s Press Corporation after democratization', The Journal of Modern African Studies (2002):651-83.

  • 'Reflections on donors, opposition and popular will in the 1996 Zambian general elections', The Journal of Modern African Studies, 36 (1998):71-99.

  • 'The Mwanza trial as a search for a usable Malawian political past', African Affairs 97 (1998):91-118.

  • 'Land conflicts and legal insecurity in Mgeta, Uluguru mountains, Tanzania', Africa 63 (1993):197-218.

  • 'Waluguru traders in Dar es Salaam; an analysis of the social construction of economic life', African Affairs 91 (1992):181-205.

  • 'Politicians, bureaucrats and farmers: A Zambian case study', The Journal of Development Studies l9 (1982):88-108.