Message from the Executive Director
In mid-2016, we initiated a consultative process with all staff to answer what on the surface seemed like a simple question: where do we want to go and how do we want to get there? What emerged from the numerous meetings and consultations and countless iterations of ideas was our new Strategic Plan: a bold roadmap that will cement our place as a credible player in Africa’s transformation. Together we articulated our vision: to be more than just a research institution. To become a knowledge generator that consistently demonstrates the power and potential of evidence to drive tangible change in people’s lives. In 2017, we started laying the foundation for realization of this bold vision, by elaborating further the concept of signature issues: the areas where we as an institution can deepen
our focus, provide thought leadership, and focus our policy outreach efforts as we position ourselves for greater impact. From early childhood development to adaptable systems of long-term care, we see our signature issues as accompanying the milestones along the life course, providing a beacon of what is possible with smart, targeted and evidence-informed decisions. The year 2017 also marked the first ever transition in the Center’s top leadership. After
17 years at the helm, we bid APHRC’s founding Executive Director a fond farewell. It was with a deep sense of honor and gratitude that I assumed the mantle of the Executive Director. I took on this role, aware that there were considerable expectations of myself and the Center, to continue our journey and quest for impact while maintaining our core values of integrity and excellence. I am humbled and inspired to be leading a wonderful team to fully roll out our new strategic plan into a new, ambitious era. I am immensely proud of how far we have come in 2017, not just in terms of our achievements or bottom line, but also in the shaping of our daily interactions with each other and our institutional culture – one that celebrates and champions collaboration in our quest to be truly transformative for Africa. Thank you for joining us on the latest phase of the APHRC journey. Just watch what we do next.
Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi