Johnson W. Makoba, Ph.D.

Johnson Makoba


Johnson W. Makoba is a professor of sociology and recipient of the 2016 and 2019 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Technology and Management. Makoba received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. He has been teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno since then. Makoba is the author of two books on development in Sub-Saharan Africa and has published several book chapters and articles in the International Journal of Sociology of Law, Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, Austrian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Third World Studies, African Development, and other scholarly journals.

In 1996, Makoba established the Foundation for Credit and Community Assistance or FOCCAS Uganda, a microfinance institution. FOCCAS provides financial assistance and support services to qualified Ugandan and Tanzanian students from low-income families enabling them to attend university or vocational schools in their home countries. In addition, he has established a policy-oriented think tank called the Uganda Research Institute. His areas of specialization include African and third-world development, organizations and bureaucracies, race and ethnic relations in the United States of America and globally, and African State NGO relations. He is currently engaged in research on the role of agriculture in the economic development of Sub-Saharan African countries and other issues in third world development studies.

International research regions

Sub-Saharan Africa-focus on Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia

Research interests

  • Governance and economic development
  • Non-governmental organizations & microfinance
  • Rethinking development strategies in Africa


  • "From Prosperity for All (PFA) to Prosperity for Few (PFF): Political SACCOs and Their Impact on Rural Development in Uganda" (with Florence Wakoko-Studstill), in Journal of Third World Studies, Fall 2015, XXXII, 2, 99-122.
  • "African Leadership and the Management of the African Economies," in George Klay Kieh, Jr. (ed.), The Elusive African Renaissance, McFarland Publishers, Jefferson, NC., 2018.
  • "Non-Governmental Organizations and the State in Africa," in George Klay Kieh, Jr., (ed.), Contemporary Issues in African Society, Palgrave, New York, 2018.
  • Makoba, Johnson W. (2011). "Rethinking Development Strategies in Africa: The Triple Partnership as an Alternative Approach-The Case of Uganda." Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
  • Makoba, Johnson W. (2010). "Globalization and Marginalization of Labor: Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa." In Berch Berberoglu (Ed.). Globalization in the 21st Century. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Co-authored with Elavie Ndura "Education for Social Change in Burundi and Rwanda: Creating a National Identity Beyond the Politics of Ethnicity", in Santosh C. Saha (ed.), Ethnicity and Sociopolitical Change in Africa and other Developing Countries: A Constructive Discourse in state Building. Lanham, Maryland; Lexington Books, 2008.
  • Co-authored with Elavie Ndura "The Roots of Contemporary Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Burundi", in Santosh C. Saha (ed.), Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict: Primal Violence or the Politics of Conviction?Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2006.
  • "Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and Third World Development: An Alternative Approach to Development," Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XIX, No. 1 (Spring 2002): 53-63.
  • Co-authored with Mathebela E. Ntebeng, "Affirmative Action Policy and the Search for Racial Equality in Post-Apartheid South Africa,"India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, Vol. LVIII, No. 1 (January-March, 2002): 165-176.
  • Makoba, Johnson W. (1998). "Government Policy and Public Enterprise Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case Studies of Tanzania and Zamibia, 1964-84" Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
  • "Toward the Commercialization of Microfinance Institutions: A Global Phenomenon," in the Austrian Journal of Development Studies, JEP XVII/3, 4, 2001: 353-363.
  • "Rethinking Current Explanations of Political Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of Third World Studies, XVI, 2, Fall, 1999, 61-73.
  • "Beyond the State-Market Debate: The Role of the State and Market in Third World Economic Development," Austrian Journal of Development Studies, XII, 4, 1996, 447-461.
  • "Public Control and Public Enterprise Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Tanzania and Zambia," Africa Development, XVIII, 3, Sept.-Oct. 1993, 37-59.
  • "Toward a General Theory of Social Exchange," Social Behavior and Personality, 21, 3, 1993, 227-240.
  • "On the Use and Application of Legal Concepts in the Study of Non-Western Societies," International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 20, 3, Sept. 1992, 201-223.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • B.A., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1978