Through the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti’s Fellowship Programme, and with generous funding from the Hewlett Foundation and Sida, the Transfer Project works with a select group of talented young researchers from Africa on joint research on national cash transfer programmes. Fellows collaborate with Transfer Project researchers and country evaluation teams, answering a specific research question around the impacts of cash transfers on health, education, or multidimensional poverty utilizing Transfer Project data.

Each fellow spends 2-3 weeks in one of our offices at Innocenti (Florence), FAO (Rome) or UNC (North Carolina) to work on the proposed research and present their past research. During this time, the fellow has access to senior researchers who work as mentors, guiding the conceptualization, analysis and drafting of the study. The remainder of the year-long fellowships are conducted from their home base. Fellows also have the opportunity to present work at international conferences and at the Transfer Project workshop.


Produce an in-depth study examining the effects of cash transfers on a specified topic. Expand the experience of the fellows and enhance their contributions to policy research using national data from the region.

Current Fellows


Phd, economics

Gloria is a lecturer at the University of Ghana and a Research Fellow with Agenda for International Development. Her research interests are in empirical microeconomics and the economics of health, particularly healthcare service utilization and health outcomes. Recently, she has developed an interest in the economics of gender and is currently a Visiting Fellow with American University’s Programme on Gender Analysis in Economics. During her Transfer Project fellowship, Gloria will carry out a cross-country analysis examining the linkages between programme fidelity and outcomes.

Blessing Masamha

Phd, Rural Development

Blessing is a post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Human Sciences Research Council, Africa Institute of South Africa. His research interests are in agricultural & rural development, focusing on sustainable food value chains, food systems and household food security and nutrition using gender lenses. During his Transfer Project fellowship, Blessing will explore whether a stable and secure source of extra liquidity makes households in Zimbabwe more or less impatient with regard to future’s perception and control over life.

Franklin Amuakwa-Mensah

PhD, Economics

Franklin doubles as research manager and researcher at the Environment for Development unit, University of Gothenburg. He previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and as research fellow with the European Investment Bank. His primary research interest is environmental and natural resource, development, and agricultural and food economics. During his fellowship with the Transfer Project, Franklin will examine the impact of cash transfers on children’s nutritional status in Ghana, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Tukae Mbegalo

PhD, Economics

Tukae Mbegalo is a lecturer at the department of Mathematics & Statistics Studies at Mzumbe University, Tanzania & a member of the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium. Dr. Mbegalo holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Goettingen. Currently, he is studying nutritional impacts of a food fortification programme in Tanzania. During his research fellowship with the Transfer Project, he will study the effects of an integrated social protection programme on the livelihood aspirations and activities among adolescents from poor households in Tanzania.

Monica Lambon-Quayefio

PhD, Economics

Monica Lambon-Quayefio is a Lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana and a Researcher at the Ghana node of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Inequality Research. Monica’s research interest focuses broadly on Demographic Economics with particular interest in maternal and child health, nutrition and education outcomes. During her fellowship, Monica intends to examine the impact of social cash transfers on knowledge and practice of feeding practices using both econometric and spatial econometric techniques.

Previous Fellows

Abiodun Ogundeji

PhD, Agriculutral Economics

Abiodun is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of the Free State. His research interests include climate change and adaptation, applied development economics, and price transmission analysis. As part of his fellowship, Abiodun worked on a paper titled “The role of social protection in promoting agricultural production and reducing vulnerability to climate shocks: Macro level evidence from a panel of Asian countries”.

Michael Danquah

PhD, Economics

Michael Danquah is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon. He is also an International Growth Centre (IGC) researcher and has recently been selected as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Michael’s research has focused on informality, inequality and poverty reduction, and productivity growth. As part of his Fellowship, Michael is currently working on a paper “Urban cash transfers, universality, and child poverty in Ghana”.

Mphatso Kamndaya

PhD, Public Health

Mphatso Kamndaya is a Senior Lecturer at University of Malawi–The Polytechnic. Mphatso conducts international empirical research in social science and urban health. He has published on adolescent sexual reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa, including structural drivers of HIV/AIDS among young people. He has training in applied statistics and mathematics and conducts both quantitative and qualitative research.

Fidelia Dake

phD, Population studies

Fidelia Dake is a lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana. Fidelia’s research interests include population health, nutritional outcomes, socio-environmental determinants of obesity and non-communicable diseases, ageing, social protection and health statistics. During her fellowship, Fidelia examined the impact of unconditional cash transfers on early pregnancy and child marriage among young adults in Zambia and Malawi.

Ramaele Moshoeshoe

PhD, Economics

Ramaele Moshoeshoe is a lecturer of Economics at the National University of Lesotho. His research interests are in applied development economics, with a focus on labour economics and economics of education. During his fellowship, he examined the effects of unconditional cash transfers on schooling. He is currently examining the long-term effects of free primary education on student achievement in Lesotho.

Jacob Novignon

phD, economics

Jacob is a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Research interests include health financing, efficiency of health systems, poverty and vulnerability analysis. Current research activities include understanding financial incentives for socioeconomic related inequalities in healthcare utilization in Ghana, and youth unemployment in Africa. During his fellowship, Jacob evaluated the impact of unconditional cash transfers on morbidity and health-seeking behavior in Africa.

Idrissa Ouili

phD, economics

Idrissa is an assistant professor at the High Institute for Population Sciences at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Research interests include multidimensional poverty analysis, impact evaluation methodology, education and health. During his fellowship, Idrissa worked on the impact of cash transfers and child multidimensional poverty in Malawi. Current research includes socioeconomic determinants of Child Multidimensional Poverty in Burkina Faso.

Other Training Opportunities

To help build capacity among programme countries, we offer other training opportunities in collaboration with AERC and with generous funding from Sida.

For example, in October 2018, we sent five students to Bangkok for the International Workshop on Program Impact Evaluation:

  • Isabella Jebiwott Kiplagat. PhD Student and economist at The National Treasury and Planning, Kenya.
  • Juliana Adjem Anchang. PhD Student and Coordinator Public Health Programs, Pan African Institute for Development, Cameroon.
  • Mwisha Janvier Kasiw. PhD student and Lecturer, University of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Richard Foti. MSc Agricultural Economics and M&E consultant, Media Centre Zimbabwe.
  • Lauryn Nyasulu. Principal economist. Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi.

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