Patrick Makokoro

I am a social entrepreneur, educational consultant, community and international development practitioner. I am passionate about causes that relieve human suffering. I work with individuals, organizations and communities to use strength based approaches to co-create and develop solutions to challenges they face.

I enjoy facilitating conversations and taking on assignments on diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. I have had varied experience working in different countries around the world, across sectors and with amazing human beings that work every day to leave the earth a better place than they found it. I believe that understanding context, culture and community are an important aspect of addressing challenges and I take this praxis into all my work. I have a passion for facilitating strength-based dialogues and conversations that build collaborative relationships in groups and organizations, which help them to achieve their agreed upon goals, objectives and results.

Professional and research interests

Early Childhood Development

I believe that early childhood development provides a foundation for lifelong learning. Through research and practice I have developed and implemented early childhood development programs. My work is grounded in academia and practice while honouring my principles of respect to culture, context, community and promoting co-operation.

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Social Entrepreneurship
Over the years I have been privileged to start and lead organizations that directly co-create solutions to daily life challenges. The aim of my work is to promote self determination and creation of innovations that are sustainable, scalable and replicable in-context.

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Early Childhood Development Networks
Since 2012, I have actively worked to establish and promote early childhood networking as platforms for sharing knowledge, practice and advocacy strategies for the wellbeing of children and their communities.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
My lived experience as a Black man informs my work in social justice initiatives that revolve around UBUNTU (I am because we are), UMOJA (Unity) and Harambee (moving together).

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Trust Based Philanthropy & Participatory Grant making
I enjoy working on trust based philanthropy models that put the power in the hands of grant recipients and participatory processes that allow grantee partners to have a greater say in how resources are stewarded. Breaking down power structures and systemic barriers to funding are critical aspects to this work.

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Appreciative Inquiry
I am an ardent appreciative inquiry practitioner, using strength based approaches rather than deficit modalities when co-creating strategies with individuals, organizations and communities.

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Social entrepreneurship

In the media

Local group’s Zimbabwe mission sees year of success

An organization dedicated to ending hunger in Zimbabwe recently hosted its annual dinner at the Lycoming Valley Baptist Church...

Educating children early matters

Last month, I returned home to Zimbabwe after a whirlwind tour of the U.S. As the Founder and Director of the Nhaka Foundation in Zimbabwe, I work to give

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I provide consulting support in non-profit management, strategic planning, early childhood care and education. I have a diverse range of skills and experience to provide advice in organizational development, child support services, appreciative inquiry among other areas. I ground my work in context, culture and community as I believe that this is what brings about lasting and sustainable development.