Wilfred Masebo is a Ph.D. student in development studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, where he is studying labour migration networks and HIV in Malawi. Wilfred holds an M.A. in labour, policies and globalisation from the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and previously served as head of programmes and research for the Teachers Union of Malawi. Most recently, Wilfred worked as a research and training coordinator at the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in Malawi.

Blog Posts

October 29, 2012
One of the most interesting tasks for my migration and HIV fieldwork in Malawi was to collect respondents’ demographic data. Most migrant workers mentioned that, in addition to their own children, they were supporting between one to four dependents. Regardless of their age, however, many of these dependents were regarded by their caretakers as ‘orphans.’
August 29, 2012
Across Africa, male migrant workers and their female sexual partners have become known as one of the highest-risk populations for contracting and transmitting HIV. Wilfred Masebo's research in Malawi, however, challenges the gendered power dynamics at play in this narrative and suggests a more complicated reality.