Shaakira completed a Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at
University College Dublin, Ireland. She considers herself privileged to join the ASRI Future Leaders Program as she believes that the platform will equip her with the necessary skills to better apply her capabilities in the development field. She aspires to explore social justice by tapping into the powers of collective action as well as public participation within rural communities. She maintains that her academic background; which is not only focused on sustainable livelihoods and capacity building, but also a strong social and governance aspect, has positioned her in good stead to make a tangible difference to South African citizens.