About Us.

Mobilizing and Uniting Development in Africa

started in 2012 intending to strengthen the rights of poor households. The organization have since worked in Malawi together with our partners and we see land rights and gender equality as fundamental pillars in our work – advocating for improved living conditions. Not to mention that these pillars are fundamental as to ensure environmental sustainability.

In our projects and our work

local anchoring is a prerequisite. We plan everything we do together with our local partners as our focus is to achieve the best possible outcome for the residents within the project areas. Local communities, their priorities and solutions are incorporated in all activities. We believe that this is the only way to strengthen the marginalized communities and to achieve long-term, sustainable outcomes.

Audited and controlled

Most of our projects are funded by Forum Syd, Sweden’s largest platform for civil society organizations and also responsible for the distribution of tax revenues as aid money. This means that most of our projects are thoroughly controlled and audited by chartered auditors.

For projects not funded by Forum Syd, but by our members, we lack funds to hire auditors but strive for total transparency and upload yearly reports. 

Meet the team of 2019-2020.

The individuals showcased below are the one’s that works with MUD Africa. These folks are the core.

There is no full-time staff at MUD Africa, so everything is done and organized voluntarily. The team are motivated by, and committed to, international development and the passion for human empowerment.  

Markus Adolfsson

Markus' Bio
Markus graduated with a MSc in Political Science in June 2019 from Gothenburg University, Sweden. During his 5 years as a student at the university he spent two semesters abroad – one in Romania during 2015, and one in Chine during 2018.

During the two semesters abroad he studied international relations and diplomacy, from an eastern perspective. Furthermore, before enrolling at the university Markus travelled extensively throughout the world, backpacking in Asia and Africa, as well as Central-and South America.

Today, Markus work at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and he has been the chairperson of MUD Africa since the annual general meeting held in early 2017. He is interested in global questions at large, with a special interest in sustainable development, human empowerment, land rights and equality

Johanna Silebäck

Founder and Board Member
Johannas Bio
Johanna graduated with a BA Public Administration degree in 2009 and a MSc in Public Administration – Public Analysis in 2011, both from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

She works as a negotiator at the Swedish Union of Tenants.

She has travelled extensively and lived periods in east and south east Africa. She undertook an internship at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, and did research on the Kenyan National Land Reform. She has a passion for land rights and local influence in policies.

Johanna is one of the founders of MUD Africa. She is the treasurer and works intensely in MUD Africa’s projects in Malawi.

Liza Hermansson

Board Member
Lizas Bio

Liza is a social scientist graduated from Linnaeus University in 2012 with a BA in International Social Science. The major of her studies was Peace and Development and she developed a great interest in sustainable development and land issues. This particular interest took her to Madagascar for the research of her thesis.

Liza also has a background of studies in French, English and Communication and she has spent many years traveling and living abroad. Between the years 2004-2008 she lived mainly in France.

Liza works as a project coordinator for Västfastigheter in the public sector, and does language consulting as a side business.

Since early 2015 Liza has been engaged in MUD Africa as a project group member and since 2018 she is also a member of the board.

Sara Eliasson

Board Member
Saras Bio

Sara has a background of studies within human ecology and gender studies. She completed her Master at Aalborg University in the field of Global Gender Studies in 2018 exploring how international norms are contextualizied.

She has travled extensively and worked in vastly different geographical locations such as the US, Vietnam and India.

With a passion for social justice her work has focused on understanding and addressing inequality in a variety of forms. Her work has explored theories around intersectionality and thus how social markers such gender, ethnicity and class relate to the urban and rural environment. Additionally, she has worked cross-culturally addressing ways in which gender issues could be recognised, implemented and become significant parts of project design.

During spring 2018 she was elected as Board member for MUD Africa.

John Chome

Senior Advisor
Johns Bio

John holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning and Land Administration from the ITC (Netherlands) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (England).

He has worked in the County Planning De-partment of Hampshire County Council in England, and for seven years he was the Director of urban planning and housing for Malawi’s largest city of Blantyre. He now works for UN-HABITAT in Malawi as its Programme Manager responsible for a programme portfolio that includes housing, water and sanitation and disaster risk management.

John has acted as senior advisor for MUD Africa’s activities in Malawi since 2011.



Are you our new intern?

We are searching for a new intern

If you are passionate about human rights and local development, an internship with MUD Africa is an ideal opportunity to gain experience in the field and practice your analytical skills at the same time.

Read more: https://mudafrica.org/internship-2020/

Contact us: info@mudafrica.org