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PESA Tsepiso Augustinus Rantso

Tšepiso Augustinus Rantšo

Tšepiso is a Senior Analyst at PESA, an independent research think-tank advancing knowledge that enables regional integration in SADC and to developing policies for a secure, prosperous and unified Africa. Tšepiso joined PESA in 2018 and helped the organisation become the premier resource for political economy analysis, regional integration and policy dialogues in SADC.

As a Senior Analyst, Tšepiso focuses on providing accessible research and analysis contributing policy solutions to promote SADC regional integration and sustainable development in Africa. He also represents PESA in Policy Dialogues across SADC. A champion of PESA’s vision, Tšepiso has co-authored a number of publications and his expertise is focused on Agriculture and Rural and the Kingdom of Lesotho. He has an insightful understanding of political economy and regional integration.

Tsepiso is a Development Practitioner specialising in cross-sectional research, agricultural and rural development. His research interests are in globalisation, agricultural and non-farm rural development, climate change and food security, and the impact of multinational corporations on free trade and small-scale enterprises. He brings experience from working with government and academia. Tsepiso received his B.A. from the National University of Lesotho, his Master of Development Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and his PhD from the University of the Free State.
Climate Change and Adaptation in SADC

Climate Change and Adaptation in SADC

The April 2020 issue focuses on assessing the impact of climate change and evaluating the effectiveness of regional systems and national responses to the crisis in SADC – What is ...
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Trade and Regional Integration in SADC

Trade and Regional Integration in SADC

The November 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of trade performance in SADC – What are the levels of intra-regional trade in SADC? What are the main goods traded ...
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Youth Unemployment and Empowerment in SADC

Youth Unemployment and Empowerment in SADC

The July 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of youth empowerment in SADC - What is the current state of youth unemployment and youth development in SADC? How do ...
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Public Debt and Government Finances in SADC

Public Debt and Government Finances in SADC

The April 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of public debt in SADC and what needs to be done to retain debt sustainability in the future - Why do ...
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Political Conflict and Development in SADC

Political Conflict and Development in SADC

The January 2019 issue focuses on the history of conflict and political instability in SADC, and its impact on economic growth and development - What is the overall history of political ...
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Tšepiso has also published some work in books and peer-reviewed journals. See some of his most recent works below:

  • Rantšo, T. A. & Ketsi, K. 2020. ‘The State and Community-Based Projects of Environmental Conservation in Promoting Mountain Ecotourism in Lesotho’, in Global Opportunities and Challenges for Rural and Mountain Tourism, D. Kala & S. C. Bagri (eds), IGI Global: Hershey. Available At: https://www.igi-global.com/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. & Seboka, M. 2019. ‘Agriculture and Food Security in Lesotho: Government Sponsored Block Farming Programme in the Berea, Leribe and Maseru Districts’, Cogent Food & Agriculture, Vol. 5, Issue 1. Available At: https://doi.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. & Shale, L. 2019. ‘A Community Based Model of Environmental Resource Conservation and Livelihoods: Non-Governmental Organisation Supported Tšenekeng Botanical Garden in Semonkong, Lesotho’, African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol. 8, Issue 1. Available At: https://www.ajhtl.com/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2019. ‘Foreign Direct Investment, Entrepreneurship and Development in Lesotho’, World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 13, No. 4. Available At: https://doi.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2016. ‘The Role of Infrastructure, Markets and Government Support in the Success of Small-Scale Enterprises in Lesotho’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 27, No. 1. Available At: https://doi.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2016. ‘The Role of the Non-Farm Sector in Rural Development in Lesotho’, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 54, Issue 2. Available At: https://www.cambridge.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2016. ‘Globalisation, Decline of Development Aid and Weaving Enterprises in Lesotho’, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Vol. 17, No. 2. Available At: https://doi.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2016. ‘Factors Determining Performance/Success of Small-Scale Rural Non-Farm Enterprises in Lesotho’, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 10, Issue 3. Available At: https://doi.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2015. ‘Rural Development Policies and Programmes in Lesotho During Colonialism and Five-Year Development Plans’, African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 10, No. 27. Available At: https://academicjournals.org/.
  • Rantšo, T. A. 2000. ‘Asparagus Production and Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Lesotho‘, Review of Southern African Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2. Available At: https://doi.org/.

 

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