Sub-Saharan Africa

Interested Scholars

The following scholars are interested in this topic:

I am a Senior Law Lecturer at the University of Malawi: Chancellor College. I hold a Masters of Laws Degree from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from the University of Malawi. I am a visiting Lecturer at the University of Maryland: Francis King Carey School of Law. I co-developed and responsible for teaching the law school’s new Legal Theory and Practice Course: “Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Public Health.” The course was launched in January 2020. I was responsible for the development of environmental law and natural resources modules for Chancellor College.
I teach Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Water Policies, Laws and Institutions, International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Private International Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have also taught other courses including International Law and Human Rights Law. I have supervised and assessed numerous student dissertations in Business and Human Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and Environmental Law. I have researched and consulted widely in a number of areas, including intellectual property and access to medicines, seed sovereignty and farmers’ rights, environmental law, disaster risk management, the right to health, rights of vulnerable prisoners. I have served as a facilitator and trainer for the regional training of trainers programme offered by ARASA, I was responsible for intellectual property and access to medicines. The programme involves participants from 18 southern and eastern African countries.

Jennifer Opare-Kumi is a PhD student at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Her research projects and interests are in the education and mental health of youth in low and middle income countries in the Global South and driven by a passion for improving evidence based policy making. Prior to Oxford, she worked as a Research Manager and Program Manager at Young 1ove-a non governmental organisation in Botswana-spearheading the national scale-up of an early grade intervention. Prior to living and working in the UK, Jennifer has experience from Botswana, South Africa and Australia.

My primary research interest is in the area of education. ICT plays an increasing and important role in the societies . It is also well know that informal economies are in one part caracterised by the informations gab, asymetry,… and ICT may play a great role in filling this gab in the area of Education or Risk Communication. Investigating the use of ICT in the decision making process of tertiary students about their future is my goal.
Populations are nowadays exposed to various sources of Informations through ICT. My second interest is to understand the role play by ICT in people behavior/action in time of crisis.

Chiletso Kumadzi Msang’azi, UN-World Food Programme-Ethiopia. Experienced program professional with a demonstrated history of working in Education and Humanitarian sectors. Skilled in School Feeding Programme, Supplementary Feeding Programmes, General Food Distribution, Early Childhood Development, Livelihood and Resilience, Community Engagement, Children’s Rights, Teaching and Monitoring and Evaluation in the context of Humanitarian Crisis.

I am a research assistant at Institue for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) . I use quantitative methods to evaluate the impact of social reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on Benin. I am interested in development economics especially on issues related to agriculture, education and infrastructure.

My main scientific interest revolves around questions that integrate behavioral science insights for the prevention and reduction of risks, and the achievement of sustainable adaptive behaviors.

Witness Tapani Alfonso
Areas of Expertise: Education; Social Protection; Development, Disaster; Gender Equality; Monitoring & Evaluation; Governance; Public health and Political economy
Witness Alfonso is a senior research associate at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR). With over six years of experience conducting research and managing projects in Malawi, Alfonso is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research designs, team training, fieldwork management, and data analysis. He has led large-scale data collections using both paper and electronic data collection systems, conducting research in the areas of education, food security, disaster, gender, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), governance, monitoring and evaluation, and political economy.
Alfonso has worked on research projects with both local and international researchers and organisation that include Centre for Evaluation and Development (Germany), University of Notre Dame, Programme on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Overseas Development Institute, M&C Saatchi World Services, Girl Effect Malawi, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Afrobarometer, UNICEF Malawi and the World Bank. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Development studies obtained from the University of Malawi.

PhD Candidate Egypt Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy Interests Keywords: Big Data, Computational Models., Decision-Making, development, Disasters, Game Theory, political economy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, [...]

Dr. China Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Sociology Interests Keywords: conflict, global governance, international political economy, International Relations, regional development and policy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and [...]

Cristina Rodrigues combines her extensive regional experience – particularly in the Portuguese speaking countries – with a doctorate degree in African Studies in Social Sciences from the University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal. She brings more than a decade of research and evaluation experience on United Nations, European Union, USAID, and government-funded projects in Africa. Her experience includes conducting baseline assessments, surveys, mid-term and final program evaluations, project evaluations for child labour, human trafficking, gender policy, civil society, social protection, education and environmental protection activities in Africa. She is currently a Senior Researcher with the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden. She speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

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