Managing Director (MD)

Dr C J Pauw holds a BA, BA Honours and a BD degree from the University of Pretoria, all with distinction.

He received a DD degree on 4 May 2006 at the same university.

Since 1998 he has been involved in various research projects for the Nova Institute, the Dutch Reformed Church, the Willem Nicol Education Trust and the Christian Social Council. The research includes a strategic environmental analysis (SEA) and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a large petro-chemical business as well as numerous studies, pilot projects and full-scale implementations related to housing and domestic energy interventions.

He has coordinated and taken part in various socio-economic studies and quality of life studies in both urban and rural contexts. These include studies on household living conditions in Bela-Bela, Maluti (Limpopo province) and Mariveni (Limpopo province). He has also been involved in a study on the impact of diarrhoea on households in Brits, North-West. He has coordinated fieldwork for studies into the environmental health impacts as well as numerous studies on the uptake of the improved top-down ignition technique.

Dr Pauw played a key part in the development of the Nova Institute’s QOLA and PIQOLA instruments which are used to analyse quality of life in the household. Since 1998 he has been involved in community projects aimed in the fields of ABET, urban farming and sustainable household-based agriculture in rural areas.

In 2005 he played a leading role in a study for the DME to evaluate the implementation of the Basa njengo Magogo technique in Tembisa. He was also a core member of the Functional Household Programme Team who won the THRIP Excellence Award for 2005 in the category Social Development. In 2006 and 2007 he was instrumental in the development of a methodology to verify greenhouse gas emission reductions from the implementation of the alternative top-down ignition technique against the WBCSD/WRI GHG Project Protocol.

Since 2007 he leads Nova’s implementation of the alternative top-down ignition technique which has taken place in four provinces. He also leads Nova’s monitoring team which has had greenhouse gas emission reductions of 87000 tCO2eq from Nova’s projects verified by an independent third party. In 2008 he was the editor of a major report on air pollution in dense, low-income settlements in South Africa. In 2010 he played a key role in the development and registration of a Voluntary Gold Standard methodology for the quantification of greenhouse gas emission reductions from the alternative ignition technique. He coordinates Nova’s monitoring and reporting activities for nine Voluntary Gold Standard projects. He is key contributor to a number of ongoing projects in the field of climate change mitigation, food security, water benefit credits and air pollution offsets.