APHRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Claudious Chikozho as the Director of Research. Dr. Chikozho has more than 20 years of experience in applied social science research and considerable experience in leading teams in national and international research centers. His most recent position was Director of Research at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa.
Under Dr. Chikozho’s direction, the Research Division will implement the research priorities outlined in APHRC’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, with special emphasis on deepening knowledge and evidence in the specific signature issues for each Research Unit. He will also take the lead in exploring ways to expand our portfolio of projects and programs into new frontiers of research.
Speaking on what drives him, Dr. Chikozho commented, “I wake up every morning energized to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the commitments we already made to various funding agencies through our research projects. But I also think continuously about how we could engage further with and address emerging priorities in the African public health and development sector. This requires us to get out of our comfort zones and confront the actual lived-experiences, realities and challenges facing communities on the African continent.”
Dr. Chikozho obtained his PhD in Applied Social Sciences from the University of Zimbabwe, investigating public sector reforms and systems strengthening. He also holds a Masters’ degree in Public Administration with a specialization in public policy analysis and development planning; a BSc Honors Degree in Political Science; and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Monitoring & Evaluation from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Among his awards and accomplishments is a 2005-2008 Fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation that enabled him to join a cohort of fellows from Southern Africa who were trained in leadership for Africa’s transformation.
In his most recent role at HSRC, Dr. Chikozho led research work on: poverty and inequality in Africa; youth development challenges in the context of the demographic dividend; water and sanitation in urban contexts; the role of science and technology in development; systems dynamics applied to disaster management; and governance in the context of public service delivery.
His previous roles include holding a research chair at the University of Pretoria; science uptake coordinator at the International Water Management Institute in Ghana; and senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.
Karibu sana, Claudious!