Prof Forget Kapingura joins National Future Professors Programme
UFH Associate Professor, Forget Kapingura and Head of the Economics department is among a group of South African academics who have been selected to participate in the Future Professors Programme (FPP) – an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training.
“The interest in focusing on these issues at the regional level emanates from challenges which face the majority of our African countries at an individual level - which I believe - if addressed at a regional level, could be more beneficial.I have also developed an interest in the role of the informal sector in the broader economy. Looking at the available literature, the informal sector has played a very important role in the alleviation of poverty in both urban and rural settings. Informal markets are not only important as a source of income but also as a source of affordable household necessities. This suggests that if well supported, it can be another channel through which the problem of poverty and inequality can be alleviated in Africa,” he said.
“My appreciation also goes to my great supervisors, Professor Sylvanus Ikhide whom I regard as my “academic father” and Prof Asrat Tsegaye, who have been extremely supportive and have played a critical role in creating opportunities for me. I understand the programme places a lot of expectations on participants and I am hopeful that I will pull through to be a full Professor by the end of the programme,” he concluded.