About Us.

We started our organisation to strengthen the rights of poor households.

We have since worked Continuously in Malawi together with our partners.

We see Equal Land Rights as a way to improve living conditions, and as a way to ensure environmental sustainability.

Local anchoring is a prerequisite for all our work. Everything we do, is planned together with our local partners and focus on achieving the best possible outcome for the residents of the affected project areas. Local communities, and their priorities and solutions are incorporated in all activities. This is the only way to strengthen the marginalised communities and establish long-term, sustainable outcomes.

Since spring 2014, MUD Africa has been reviewed and approved by Forum Syd, Sweden’s biggest platform for civil society organisations and also responsible for the distribution of tax revenues as aid money for civil society. Which mean that our projects are thoroughly controlled and audited.

Meet Our Team of 2019.

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 on a voluntary basis. The team are motivated by and committed to international development and passion for human empowerment.  

Markus Adolfsson

Markus' Bio
Markus graduated with a MSc in Political Science in June 2019 and a BSc in Political Science, both from Gothenburg University in Sweden. However, Markus spent one semester abroad as an exchange student in Romania during 2015 and one in China during 2019.

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

Markus has been the chairperson of MUD Africa since early 2017. He is interested in global questions at large, with a focus on sustainable development, human empowerment and land rights.

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.

Anders Sjöstrand

Board Member
Anders' Bio

Hi! My name is Anders, and I served as MUD Africa’s intern during the spring of 2017, working with LUPPEN to continue the Equal Land Rights for All project in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Last summer, I received an MSc in geography, having completed the program ‘Globalization, Environment, and Social Change’ at Stockholm University. My thesis focused on resource conflicts and access rights in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in the Georgian Caucasus. Other interests of mine include people-centered conservation, social justice in development, and power struggles in land use, among others.

I look forward to stepping away from academics and working with these questions in a direct manner with MUD Africa and LUPPEN. I strongly believe that inclusive, grassroots development projects such as this provide the most effective mechanism for real change, and can’t wait to both contribute to the effort and also learn from the experience.

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