Building a solid foundation for the data revolution in sub-Saharan Africa There is growing momentum for a worldwide data revolution and especially in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where the need for better development data is more urgent...read more
Donatien is Head of Statistics and Surveys Unit. He holds a PhD in Demography (2007) from University Paris, France, a Master of Arts degree (2003) in Demography from University Paris, France, and a Bachelor of Science degree (1998) in Statistics from the National Higher School of Statistics and Applied Economics, Ivory Coast.
Donatien joined APHRC in August 2007 prior to which he worked as a Research Assistant at the Demographic Research Unit of University of Lomé, Togo (1998-2002), and as consultant for UNFPA in Senegal (2004).
Over the years, Donatien has built strong capacity to develop and carry out high-quality research and has worked with large data sets including data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS). He has extensive statistical analysis skills and is well-versed with longitudinal data analysis, especially Event History Analysis techniques using Stata package. Donatien’s research interests include adolescent health, transition to adulthood, migration and urbanization.
He is a member of professional associations including Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Population Association of America (PAA), International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), and Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française (AIDELF).
He is an external reviewer of Masters research reports, PhD thesis proposals and a reviewer of articles for Demography, Studies in Family Planning, Journal of Adolescent Health, African Population Studies Journal, Sociological Quarterly, Demographic Research and Journal of Sexual Medicine. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the African Population Studies Journal, 2012-2015.
Donatien strongly believes that Africans based in Africa can generate world-class research evidence that can be “consumed” by Africans in order to influence policies that help uplift the lives of Africans.