Africare mourns Callisto Madavo, a giant in African development

Dear Africare Family,

It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we must inform you of the passing of Africare Board Member Callisto Madavo. Callisto’s longstanding commitment to the people of Africa lives on in his contributions to the work of Africare and his many other worthwhile undertakings.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Callisto’s family at this time.  Please help us share the news of this great loss by forwarding this message to others who may have had the good fortune to have known him.

Washington Post, 1/15/17 –
CALLISTO MADAVO of Potomac, Maryland died in Ballito, South Africa on January 12, 2017. The eldest child of the late Pamhidzai and Mudzingwa Madavo, Callisto was born in Zimuto, Zimbabwe on October 14, 1942. He is survived and celebrated by his beloved wife of 37 years, Kathleen Madavo of Potomac, Maryland; devoted daughters, Sara Madavo Jean-Jacques (Michael Jean-Jacques) of New York, New York, and Emily Madavo, of Washington, DC.; and six brothers, three sisters, and many nieces and nephews across the globe.
Callisto was raised in Zimbabwe where he attended the Serima Secondary School. He moved to the United States in 1961 when the Africa-America Institute awarded him a full scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. In 1969, after earning his bachelor’s degree and PhD in economics, he joined the World Bank’s Young Professional Program in Washington, DC.
Callisto worked at the World Bank for 35 years, distinguishing himself as an intellectual with a deep passion for Africa and its people. During his tenure, he became the first African to serve as an operational Vice President, was instrumental in shaping and supporting the World Bank’s vision for Africa’s development, and championed critical World Bank initiatives such as its early HIV/AIDs program. After retiring in 2005, he remained steadfastly committed to the cause of his career, serving as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and on the boards of several Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) including Africare, the International HIV/AIDs Alliance, and the Academy for Educational Development, and consulting for international organizations, including the African Development Bank and UNAIDS. For the past ten years, Callisto enjoyed teaching as a professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he developed original courses on African development and China in Africa. At the time of his death, he was the Chair of the African Capacity Building Foundation.
Even as he found fulfillment in his distinguished and purposeful career, Callisto’s life joy came, first and foremost, from his warm and committed relationships with his family, friends, and students. The weeks before his death were spent traveling and visiting with his wife, children, and relatives throughout Africa. Loved ones will gather in South Africa to honor his life on January 21, 2017, with a service in Washington, DC. to follow.

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