Harriet Namisi holds an MA in Rural Society and Community Development from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
In addition to serving as the Programme Coordinator for Governance and Policy Analysis in the Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA), she also advocates for best practice standards in policy, law making, and regulation in Uganda for the Uganda Management Institute.
She is currently working on NGO Accountability issues with an emphasis on self regulation. She is also initiating efforts towards cross national network at a regional level with the East African Community and building synergies at the international level to offset restrictive NGO climates. Harriet is the National Coordinator for CIVICUS Civil Society Index Project in Uganda and coordinated various studies between 2004 and 2006, resulting in the publication by DENIVA and CIVICUS entitled, "Civil Society in Uganda: At the Cross Roads?"
Previously, Harriet worked as a manager of a community based training consultancy company in Nairobi and as a project coordiantor of the National Association for Women Organisations in Nairobi (NAWOU). She has co-authored a chapter with Professor J.B. Kwesiga on issues in legislation for NGOs in Uganda, published in Lisa Jordan and Peter van Tuijl (eds) NGO Accountability: Politics, Principles, and Innovations, Earthscan 2006. She has written and presented several papers in relation to Local Governance and Citizen Participation, NGO legislation, and self regulation, both at a local and international level.
Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA)
P.O. Box 11224, Kampala