Dr Patrick Molutsi

Dr. Patrick Molutsi is a Senior  Partner and Director of Research and Consulting services at Joint Minds Consult. He is a citizen of Botswana. Educational background include Diploma in Public International Law – Holborn College/University of Wolverhampton, UK (2002) ,

Doctor of Philosophy D. Phil – Oxford University (1986), (Sociology of Development); Master of Philosophy M. Phil – Oxford University (1983),(Sociology of Education) ;  Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies – University of Ghana (1981); B. A (History and Sociology) –

B.A – University of Botswana and Swaziland (1980) and Concurrent Diploma in Education

(CDE) – UBS (1980) – High School Teaching Qualification

Teaching and other Educational Experience

Worked as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Department at the University of Botswana 1980 1996; then Middle Manager as a tutor for over 500 students and in 1996 to 1999 became Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the same University. As Dean he was also a member of several University policy and standard setting committees including Admissions Committee as Chairperson, Research Committee, Staff Development Fellows’ Committee, Senate and Council. Of these, the most crucial one was the Affiliations Committee of the University which approved or disapproved external Colleges and Institutes around the country affiliated to the University of Botswana. The Committee’s visits and assessments evaluated key quality criteria for each institution such as teacher qualifications, teaching and learning material and facilities including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, curriculum content and mode of delivery, learner materials and assessment and learner feedback tools.  In short, Dr. Molutsi was engaged and involved in Botswana’s education and training system including quality assurance and access of learners very early on in his career.

International work Experience 

From 1999 to 2003 he worked in an international multilateral environment for the International Institute for Democracy (IDEA) based in Stockholm, Sweden. In IDEA he headed a Global Research Project on the “State of Democracy” based in universities in Kenya, Malawi, South Korea, Bangladesh, Italy, UK, Peru and Costa Rico. Here he operated more as a political sociologist and researcher addressing issues of democracy and governance challenges primarily in emerging democracies but also globally covering especially Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Former Soviet Union countries.  In the individual countries he worked as adviser and consulted and researched with local governance institutions, civil society organizations, parliaments, political parties and public sector institutions. The work involved closer collaboration with bilateral and multilateral development agencies including NORAD, Sida, German Volunteer Service, Peace Corps, MS – Denmark, Norwegian Labour Federation (LO-Norway), ICFTU, ILO, WHO, UNDP, UN DESA, UN ECA and UN agencies such as UNDP and UNECA.

Dr. Molutsi’s country experience include work in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and supervision of democracy and governance research projects in Georgia, Armenia, Bangladesh, South Korea, Peru, El Salvador, countries of Latin America, Italy and New Zealand. I have developed, supervised and implemented projects and programmes on democracy assessment, democracy at local level, women participation in politics, gender policy development, research methodology on democracy assessment and indicators; strengthening of parliaments and political parties.  He set up and developed networks of researchers and leading academics in different parts of the new democratising countries working on political institutions, parties, democracy, human rights and good governance.  He represented Botswana Government, University of Botswana, International IDEA and the Southern African Institute for Research and Policy Studies (SARIPS) in high level regional and global conferences and working meetings including at UNDP Conferences, Global Coalition for Africa, Commonwealth, intergovernmental (bilateral meetings), IDEA Council and Board Meetings, EU, O.E.C.D.(GOVNET), UN DESA Global Forums.  Over the years he attended senior management training courses and supervised multicultural staff of over 100 hundred persons including academics, administrators and support staff in different institutions. As a senior manager for 10 years and have he led teams and participated in change management processes, institutional analysis, project cycle management, project management, strategic planning, project evaluation and design of academic and training programmes.

Policy Maker, Higher Education Manager and Lead Player in Educational Reforms in Botswana  –Since the early part of 2000, 2003 to be precise Dr. Molutsi came back to lead a wider process of educational reforms in Botswana. In October 2003 he was appointed the first Executive Secretary of the newly Tertiary Education Council (TEC). The TEC was responsible for developing a tertiary education policy for Botswana, linking training institutions with the labour market, developing the national tertiary quality assurance system and registration of all public and private tertiary institutions – universities, colleges and institutes under such quality assurance regime. With a transformed tertiary environment the TEC was to increase access, address quality and relevance of programmes and reduced the cost of external placement of students on government. This groundbreaking leadership work was transformative and in ten years it  created credible private tertiary colleges that government was able to recognise and sponsor students into their programmes of study since 2008 to date.  While quality and relevance remain moving targets both public and private tertiary institutions in Botswana acquired a global and internationalisation culture during this period. Hence some have established campuses in Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland using Botswana as their headquarters. As the CEO of TEC Dr. Molutsi initiated and supervised the formulation and implementation of two national policies  – the tertiary education policy and the National Human Resource Development Strategy.  Both the Tertiary Education Policy (TEP) and the National Human Resource Development Strategy (NHRDS) were passed and approved by Parliament and Cabinet of Botswana in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

These two policies form the foundation of all current education and training reforms in Botswana post2010. These include institutional reforms such Botswana Qualifications Authority, Human Resource Development Council, re-structuring of the then Ministry of Education. The first two replaced the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) and the Tertiary Education Council (TEC) itself. Indeed the current Education and Training Sector Strategy Plan (ETSSP) is an off-shoot of the earlier reforms and it is seek to focus mainly on basic education reforms.

As a leader in the tertiary education sector, Dr. Molutsi sat in several governing boards and bodies such BOTA Board, Botswana Examinations Board and Botswana Institute for Development and Policy Analysis (BIDPA) for a number of years. He also sat on the advisory structures of the Ministry of Education which include Out of School Education, Open and Distance Learning and TVET programmes.  Dr. Molutsi retired in May 2016 as a seasoned educationist, policy maker and senior adviser to government and internation development partners.

Extensive Project Evaluation Experience

Consulted for the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) evaluation of ECA Projects in ten African Countries, 2012

With David Sebudubudu consulted for World Bank/Leeds University Study on the Elites’ Role in Driving Botswana’s Development Success, 2014

Consulted with Felix Rex Omara on Developing a Quality Assurance Framework for Lesotho’s Higher Education System. Council on Higher Education, Lesotho 2015.

Consulted on Strategic and Operational Plans development for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) operating in the Health Sector and supervised by Kagisano Society Women Shelter (KSWS), August 2016.


Computer Skills: Word processing (Word and Word Perfect), Software Packages for data analysis (SPSS, LOTUS 123, EXCEL, SAS), Power point presentations and general graphics.

Languages:   Fluent in spoken and written English and Tswana/Sotho, working knowledge of French, elementary Spanish.