Research Fellows

Though the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti’s Fellowship Programme, and with generous funding from Sida, the Transfer Project is now working with a select group of talented young researchers from Africa on joint research related to national cash transfer programmes. Fellows are collaborating with researchers in the Social and Economic Policy Unit at Innocenti and country evaluation teams to answer a specific research question around the impacts of cash transfers on health, education, or multidimensional poverty utilizing Transfer Project data.

Each fellow will visit the Innocenti office in Florence, Italy for 2-3 weeks to work on the proposed research and present a seminar on some of their past research, and the remainder of the approximately 12-month fellowships are conducted from their home base.

Objectives of this Transfer Project/ Innocenti Fellowship Programme include:

  • Producing an in-depth study examining the effects of (unconditional) cash transfer programmes on a specified topic.

  • Expanding the experience of the fellows and enhance their contributions to policy research using national data from the region. The fellow will have access to senior researchers who will work as mentors to guide the conceptualization, analysis and drafting of the cross-country study. The fellow will build his/her network through publication and presentation of the study at a variety of venues. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to present ongoing or past research at one of Innocenti’s Research Seminars.

We are very proud to welcome the following fellows to our team in the 2016-2017 cohort:

Ramaele Moshoesho

Ramaele Moshoeshoe, Ph.D. National of Lesotho


Jacob Novignon

Jacob Novignon, Ph.D.  National of Ghana

Fidelia Dake      Fidelia Dake, Ph.D.      National of Ghana



      Idrissa Ouili, Ph.D.       National of Burkina Faso


2017-2018 cohort:

Mphatso Kamndaya, Ph.D. National of Malawi


Michael Danquah, Ph.D.  National of Ghana

To view the profiles of the fellows, please visit our Meet the Team page.