The Watchdog understands that Dr Charlotte Scott, the wife of former vice-president Dr Guy Scott is the favourite to be adopted as UPND candidate for Lusaka central constituency, which is currently held by her husband under PF.
WHO IS SHE?
She is clearly not just the wife of the former vice-president. She is a big force on her own, innovative and very educated. She designed the social cash transfer scheme.
Dr Charlotte Scott spent over 25 years working in development and poverty alleviation in Zambia and other countries in Africa, heading projects for the Government of Republic of Zambia, bilateral agencies, and most recently for UNICEF Zambia, where she was the Chief of Social Policy & Economic Analysis, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation. She quit this post on ethical grounds when her husband was appointed vice-president, we understand.
Working for the Government and subsequently the cooperating partners, she designed and set up Zambia’s social cash transfer scheme, now a national programme, which has been widely replicated and modified throughout Africa. Charlotte designed and set up the cash transfer evaluation, which was awarded as the best UNICEF research programme world wide in 2014.
Charlotte served for over three years as the Second Lady of the Republic of Zambia, and as interim First Lady during the 90 day period following the death of the President. She has spoken widely on issues of gender discrimination, gender violence, child rights, and issues affecting women in education, careers and public life in Zambia. She was guest speaker for International Womens Day celebrations in 2013 at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, and author of Addressing Inequalities global thematic report for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Millennium Development Goals. She has also recently written a new Global Report on Child Poverty for Save the Children International.
BA(Hons) Pyschology, from Oxford University
MA Rural Development, from Reading University
PhD Economics & International Development, Bath University
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Courtesy of Africa Innovations Magazine