Department of Information Science

Prof MC Fombad

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Information Science
Tel: 012 429 6042
Fax: 012 429 3792


  • Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B) (University of Yaounde Cameroon )
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling (University of Yaounde1, Ecole Normale Superieure de Yaoundé Cameroon)
  • Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M) (University of Yaounde 11, Cameroon)
  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies (University of Botswana )
  • Doctor Philosophiae (PhD) Information Science with specialization in Knowledge Management (University of Pretoria )

Currently teaching

  • HAI4801 Advanced information and knowledge management 
  • HRINS81 Research report in Information Science 

Fields of academic interests

  • Knowledge management,
  • collaborative governance & and accountability,
  • development in libraries;
  • information communication technology,
  • corporate governance,
  • public- private partnerships,
  • climate change and stake holder management

Field of Specialisation

Knowledge management


2019 Fombad, M Enhancing Governance in Public- Private Partnerships in Africa: Some Lessons Learned from South Africa, in Gumede, V, Segobye, A, Gutto, S and Djoyou Kamga, S (2019), Re-Awakening and Shaping Africa’s Future in a Globalized World, Africa World Press ( Accepted  for publication  )

2018.   Ngoepe, M and Fombad, M. Proceedings of the 9th ProLISSA Conference. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars

2015 Fombad, C & Fombad M.  Rethinking anti-corruption strategies in Africa: constitutional entrenchment as a basis for credible and effective anti- corruption clean ups.  In Shielding Humanity: Essays in International Law and Policy in Honour of Abdul G. Koroma, by Charles Jalloh and Olufemi Elias (eds), Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, pp 726 -773

  2014   Fombad, M & Nhamo, G. Addressing climate change through resource efficiency and combined heat and power systems.  In Nhamo G (ed.), Breakthrough corporate South Africa in a green economy. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, pp. 209-226.

  2014 Fombad, MEnhancing governance in public private Partnerships in Africa: some lessons learned from South Africa.: Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) book series project Terms of Reference: Solutions to Africa’s Development (accepted for publication)



Journal articles

 2022 Nkateko Nikiwe Nkunkwane and Fombad M. Knowledge sharing for maternal health at a public hospital in South Africa Journal of Information & Knowledge Management. 21, 12250006

2021 Kodua-Ntim K  and   Fombad  M. A model for open access institutional repositories usage for university libraries in Ghana Information  Development 2021,. 37(4)

2021 Chisita, C.T.  Fombad M. Knowledge sharing to support climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe: Views from selected climate action organisations", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, , Volume 51 Issue 2- 

.2021 Chisita, C. T., and Fombad, M. Knowledge Management for Climate Change Adaptation to Enhance Urban Agriculture Among Selected Organisations in Zimbabwe. Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (JIKM)19(02), 1-28.

2021 Chisita, C. T., & Fombad, M.Spatial Configuring for Wider Access to Public Library Services at the Harare City Library: Towards a New Strategy for Inclusivity. Public Library Quarterly, 1-22.

2020 Chisita, C.T. and Fombad, M.C. Conundrum of resource sharing in Zimbabwe: a case of academic libraries", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 48 No. 4, pp. 179-186.

2020 Ugwu, C I, Onyancha OB and Fombad M.  Transformational and transactional leadership and knowledge sharing in Nigerian university libraries IFLA Journal   46:3 207-223

2020 Kodua-Ntim K  and  Fombad  ML:  2020 Strategies for the use of open access institutional repositories at universities in Ghana Library Management.

2019 May LB Fombad M Knowledge sharing at the Overstrand municipality in Western cape Hermanus   South Africa LIBRI  69 (4) 

2019 Sirorei E and Fombad M. Knowledge management processes at St Paul’s university library in Kenya South African Journal of Information Management 21(1),1-8

2019 Fombad M and Jiyane GV. 2019 The role of community radios in information dissemination to rural women in South Africa. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 51(1) 47- 58

2018 Mello A and Fombad M. 2018 Knowledge management practices in public organisations: the case of the National School of Government in South Africa. Innovation: journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa,  57,. 70 - 89

2018 Fombad M.  Knowledge management for poverty eradication: a South African  perspective : Journal of Information Communications an Ethics in Society   16 ( 2 ) 193 -213

2018 Lediga MM and Fombad M. The use of Information and Communication Technologies in Public Libraries  in South Africa as tools in bridging the digital divide : the case of the Kempton 37 (3)  296  -305 , DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2018.1471964


2018 Mugwisi T. Jiyane GV and Fombad M: Public libraries as facilitators of information services case study of selected libraries in KwaZulu-Natal information development Vol 34 (1)  31-43


2017 Fombad M and Onyancha 0B. Knowledge management for development: Rethinking the trends in knowledge management research in South Africa. Paper Scheduled for publication in Journal of Information and knowledge management (JIKM) Vol 16 ( 3)  1750021


2017 Kuscus, M and Fombad M. Exploring the informational and recreational needs of the elderly: Library users intemperance Town, South Africa" (2017). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). 1556.

2017 Tlakula PT and Fombad M. The use of electronic resources by undergraduate students at the University of Venda, South Africa, The Electronic Library 35 (5) 861-881,  ,


2016 Fombad, M. Knowledge management in law firms in Botswana: Some lessons for small law firms.   Journal of Librarianship and Information Science,Vol, 48(1): 60–71(ISI)



2016 Fombad, M and Jiyane, G. The role of community radios in information dissemination to rural women in South Africa.  Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 1-12 DOI


2016 Mugwisi, T Jiyane, G; Fombad, MPublic libraries as facilitators of information services: a case study of selected libraries in KwaZulu-Natal Information Development · October 2016  DOI: 10.1177/0266666916672718


2016 Jiyane, G; Fombad, M; Mugwisi, T. Overview of segregated development in South Africa and its implications in the provision of school libraries. LIBRI; Vol, 66(1): 45–57(ISI)

2015 Fombad, M. and Jiyane, V. School Libraries in South Africa and the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals International Journal of Library and Information Science   LIBRI Vol, 65(3): 191-205 (ISI)


2015 Fombad, M. Governance in Public–Private Partnerships in South Africa: Some Lessons from the Gautrain Journal of Southern African Studies 41 (6): 1199-1217 DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2015.1117240(ISI)


2015 Fombad, M. Knowledge management a competitive edge for law firms in Botswana: some perspectives. South African Journal of Information Management 17 (1)


2014 Fombad, M. Knowledge management processes in law firms in Botswana: beyond knowledge acquisition and sharing processes. InnovationA Journal for Appropriate librarianship and Information Work in Southern. Africa. Innovation 493-30 


2014 Fombad, M Enhancing accountability in public– private partnerships in South Africa. South African Business Review. 18 (3): 66 -92

2013 Fombad, M. An Overview of accountability mechanisms in public- private partnerships in South Africa.  UFAHAMU: Journal of African Studies Vol 37:  1-32


2013 Fombad, M. Challenges to accountability in public-private partnerships from a South African perspective. African Journal of Business Ethics 7 (1): 1-16


2012 Fombad, M. Strategies for accountability in public-private partnerships in South Africa. African Journal of Business Management 6 (38) 10260-10272 26


2009 Fombad, M, Boon J. A Bothma T. J D Strategy for knowledge management in law firms in Botswana. South African Journal of Information Management 11(2): 1-16.


2009 Fombad, M, Boon J. A Bothma T. J D A survey of knowledge management in law firms in Botswana.  African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science. 19 (2):141-154 (ISI)


2005 Fombad, M. and Moahi, K. Perceptions of Botswana lawyers about the use of ICTs in law firm in Botswana. South African Journal of Library and Information Science 71 (3): 225-233(DHET)


2004 Fombad, M. and Fombad, C., (2004). The lawyer in the emerging digital environment: A Botswana perspective. International Journal of Legal Information, 32 (1): 109-129

2003 Fombad, M. and Mutula, S. (2003). Collection development in university of Botswana library. Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science, 8(1): 65-76(ISI)


2012 Fombad, M & Steyn, S (2012). Satellite-Enhanced Telemedicine and eHealth for sub-Saharan Africa (eHSA). Identifying Stakeholders and Relevant Players Governance Study TN Template VO2 (8) docx Work package 5112 Https:// Technical Network package 5112a.    www.dropbox,com/sh/uo80v7e9vbjlz/eHSA%Goveranance%20Study


Madeleine C. Fombad is currently a Professor at the Department of Information Science at UNISA. She holds a PhD in knowledge management from the University of Pretoria South Africa. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship on Collaborative Governance & Partnerships at the Institute for Corporate Citizenship at UNISA. Her broad research interest lies in knowledge management for sustainable development

Awards and honours

2016 Unisa Women’s in research award (Developing  Researcher )