East and Southern Africa
Senior Advisor, TPC Mozambique
Armando Ali is coordinating the implementation of TPC Mozambique, the citizen-led assessment of Mozambique. He works as a Senior Advisor to Facilidade (the host organization to TPC) where he was previously the Executive Director. He has also held the post of Pedagogical Director of the Faculty of Education at Catholic University of Mozambique in Nampula where he has taught political science, project planning and management since 2001. Armando is very active mobilizing civil society in northern Mozambique on issues related to citizenship and social justice. Armando holds a Masters degree in Peace and Development Work from Lineaus University in Sweden.
Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa
Manager Uwezo Kenya
Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa is the Country Manager for Uwezo Kenya. Prior to joining Uwezo Kenya, Emmanuel worked as a Lecturer at Kenyatta University in the School of Economics for ten years. Emmanuel is a seasoned researcher with The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and has won several grants for his research. Emmanuel holds a BA and MA in Economics from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Whilst pursuing his PhD in Rural Economic Development at Kenyatta University, Emmanuel was awarded a scholarship to study at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenburg in Germany.
Senior Program Officer Uwezo Uganda
Faridah Nassereka has held the post of Senior Program Officer with Uwezo in Uganda since April 2009. Faridah supports the implementation of key processes in assessment, logistics and management. Faridah’s previous experience includes working for the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and Centre for Basic Research. Faridah holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute.
Dr. John Mugo
Director Data and Voice Twaweza East Africa
Dr. John Mugo is a member of the PAL Network Steering Committee and the Regional Manager of Uwezo in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda / Director of Data and Voice at Twaweza. John served as the Country Coordinator for Uwezo in Kenya from January 2011 to December 2014. Previously, he headed the Department of Special Needs Education at Kenyatta University (Nairobi). John’s research interests encompass the domains of quality in education, education policy, special needs education, girl education and education for excluded communities including pastoralists, nomads and minorities. John holds a PhD (specialized in Special Needs Education) from the University of Hanover, Germany.
Dr. Mary Goretti Nakabugo
Country Coordinator Uwezo Uganda
Dr. Mary Goretti is a member of the PAL Network Steering Committee and the Country Coordinator for Uwezo and the country lead for Twaweza in Uganda. Goretti is a seasoned researcher, with her previous experience including working as a Senior Lecturer of Higher Education Studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; as a Senior Lecturer of Curriculum, Teaching and Media at Makerere University, Uganda; as an Education Research Fellow at the University of Limerick, Ireland; and as a Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan. Her research interests include: assessment for learning, curriculum development, and education and international development. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Matilde De Melo
Director, TPC Mozambique
Matilde De Melo has held the post of Executive Director of Facilidade (the host organization to TPC) since 2015. Her work includes many years’ experience in building civil society movements and engaging citizens in local accountability activities. Matilde has been engaged in the development of school councils since 2011, convincing teachers and parents to take more responsibility in the management of their school. She is committed to assisting citizens’ improving learning outcomes and would like to see more women participating in debates about quality education. Matilde holds a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in Agriculture and Social Development.
Senior Program Officer Uwezo Tanzania
Richard Temu joined Uwezo Tanzania in January 2014 as the Senior Program Officer in Research. Before joining Uwezo Tanzania, Richard worked as a Program Officer for Haki Elimu (meaning ‘The Right to Education’ in Kiswahili) committed to transforming public education, and for Daraja (meaning ‘Bridge’ in Kiswahili) bringing people and government closer together. His areas of interest include quality education, research, and information popularization and dissemination. Richard holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Dar Es Salaam, and an MSc in Development and Governance from the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Country Coordinator Uwezo Tanzania
Zaida Mgalla is a member of the PAL Network Steering Committee, and the Country Coordinator for Uwezo Tanzania. With 10 years of Secondary teaching experience and 15 years’ experience working with local and international NGOs, Zaida’s previous work includes: Senior Program Officer for Uwezo Tanzania; Senior Advisor in Education for SNV; Social Scientist and Regional Coordinator of Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health for TANESA. Zaida is a writer and has authored of a number of case studies, publications in the local media, international peer-reviewed journals and working papers. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Murdoch University, Australia and believes that ‘Education is Power’.
Dr. Felipe Hevia de la Jara
Director Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes (MIA)
Language: Spanish, English
Dr Felipe Hevia is a member of the PAL Network Steering Committee and the Director of the citizen-led assessment effort in Mexico – Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes (MIA), and a Professor at the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social – CIESAS) in Mexico. Felipe is the author of several books and over 30 articles. His research has been awarded and recognized by the Government of Brazil, UNDP, the Latin American Council for Development, the International Network for Social Cohesion and the University of Luxembourg. Felipe holds a PhD from CIESAS in Mexico, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Centro Brasileiro e Planejamento Análise Center in São Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Samana Vergara Lope Tristán
Co-Director Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes (MIA)
Language: Spanish, English
Dr. Samana Vergara-Lope is co-director of Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes (MIA), a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Veracruz in Mexico – a post that she has held since September 2011, and a member of the National Research Institute. Samana has taught and directed theses in undergraduate and postgraduate studies at several institutions. Samana’s research interests include measurement and evaluation, heath and aging. Samana is the author of several journal articles. Samana holds a Bachelors, Masters and PhD from the School of Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
West and Central Africa
Prof Abdou Salam Fall
Prof. Abdou Salam Fall is a member of the PAL Network Steering Committee and the Research Director of doctoral studies in applied social sciences at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar; Coordinator of the research laboratory on Social and Economic Transformations (LARTES) at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN), and the Director of the citizen-led assessment effort – Jàngadoo. Abdou has more than 25 years of experience in public policy and analysis and creation, working with ministerial departments in charge of development, with vast experience in social policy and social economics. Abdou holds a doctorate in Sociology from L’Université Cheikh Anta Diop, and a PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of Amsterdam.
Programme Coordinator, SCALE Ghana
Adjei Kadiri is the Programme Coordinator of Choice Ghana, a local NGO based in the Northern Region of Ghana. He has over 6 years working experience in the civil society sector. He was instrumental and currently leading the SCALE Ghana citizen-led assessment. Adjei is passionate about empowering citizens to participate in local decision making processes, holding local leaders to account. He has vast experience in the application of social accountability tools including: community score cards, citizen report cards, outcome mapping and organizational self-assessment. Adjei holds a BSc in Community Nutrition from the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.
Afowiri (Kizito) Fondzenyuy
Country Coordinator, Djangirde Cameroon
Kizito is the Country Coordinator for Djangirde Cameroon; Founder and Managing Director of Amom Foundation – a charity providing education facilities to children in rural Cameroon; and an Operational Risk Management consultant. Kizito recently pioneered the introduction of an entrepreneurship curriculum into schools Cameroon in partnership with the Cameroonian government. Kizito holds an MBA in International Business from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas; a Master’s degree in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and Leadership Certificates in nonprofit management from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a PhD with expected graduation in 2018.
Program Head Bɛɛkunko
Bréhima Traore is Program Head of the citizen-led assessment in Mali – Bɛɛkunko, a post that he has held since 2010. Bréhima is responsible for communications and training for Bɛɛkunko. Bréhima’s previous work experience includes working in many different positions with OMAES, including Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Shared Governance for Food Security; Capacity Building Officer for Food Security and Advocacy; Technical Assistant in the GIRAD-Afrique group (Group of Development Experts) and a Project Assistant in Education Initiatives. Bréhima is a graduate of the l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in Mali with a Masters in Social Sciences.
Management Officer Jàngandoo
Fatou Sarr is the Program Manager of Jàngandoo, responsible for the overall management of the citizen-led assessment in Senegal. Fatou has been a member of the research laboratory on Social and Economic Transformations (LARTES) since 2013 where she previously held the title of Project Assistant. Prior to working in Dakar, Fatou held a number of posts in London, England in Project Management, Data Processing and Analysis and Social Marketing. A Graduate from the London School of Commerce, Fatou holds a Masters in Business Administration and Marketing Communication, and an MSc in Management Consultancy from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
Program Assistant Bɛɛkunko
Kadiatou Kante works as a Program Assistant of the citizen-led assessment in Mali – Bɛɛkunko, with overall responsibility for teaching aids, test development and logistics. Kadiatou has been working with OMAES since 2006 where she was previously in charge of partnerships, social policy and data processing. Kadiatou’s previous experience includes working for the Malian Association for Social and Economic Protection (AMPES), the Academic Management Committee on the Basic Education support Program (AADec) and the Government’s Food Security Program PGPSA. Kadiatou is a graduate of the l’Ecole Nationale D’Administration (ENA) of the Mali branch with a Masters in Public Law.
Dr Modupe Adefeso-Olateju
Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju is Managing Director of TEP Centre and the LearNigeria citizen-led assessment. She is an education policy expert with several years of research experience spanning academia and private sector research. Mo has worked on a range of education sector support initiatives funded by DfID, World Bank, Open Society Institute ad MacArthur Foundation. Mo previously worked with Accenture and Junior Achievement, and sits on the boards of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council UK, and Incubator Africa Development Team, Nigeria. As a Centenary Scholar (Africa), Mo earned a PhD in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London.
Dr. Rokhaya Cissé
Program Head Research and Evaluation Jàngandoo
Dr. Rokhaya Cissé is a researcher at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) assigned to the research laboratory on Social and Economic Transformations (LARTES). She is currently in charge of monitoring and evaluation, and the management of program transformation for the citizen-led assessment, Jàngandoo. Rokhaya is a specialist in longitudinal and intergenerational analysis on poverty and in 2014 she published a book titled ‘The Heritage of Poverty in Senegal’. She has participated in many studies and research programs in the fields of Education, Health, Public Policy Analysis, Gender and the fight against poverty. Rokhaya holds a Doctorate in Sociology.
Sinaba Massaman is the Treasurer of the PAL Network Steering Committee and the Director of the Bɛɛkunko program at ‘Œuvre Malienne d’Aide à l’Enfance du Sahel’ (OMAES) in Mali. Sinaba is responsible for leading the team implementing the citizen-led assessment effort. Sinaba has over twenty-five years’ experience coordinating and leading programs with both national and international NGOs and the civil service, including working as Head of Statistics on Imports for the Malian Government, and possessing substantial experience coordinating partnerships between Malian and Canadian Civil Society organizations. Sinaba is President of the International Association for Reading in Mali (AIL/Mali). A lawyer by training, Sinaba is a recognized leader in the international development sector in Mali.