Donfouet Hermann Pythagore Pierre

Associate Research Scientist

Hermann  leads several economic valuation research works at APHRC namely: the cost-benefit analysis of breastfeeding workplace initiative, cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of TAYARI ECDE program in Kenya, cost-effectiveness analysis of ECD parenting empowerment in Zambia and Kenya to name a few. He also works on health financing for immunization advocacy in three African countries (Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Ghana).

Furthermore, under impact evaluation of public policies, he is the co-principal investigator of:

  • Improving the timeliness of administering birth dose vaccines using a digital platform in Nairobi slums: a stepped wedge design. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations Round 20 and,
  •  Implementation Research on Linking Management of Acute Malnutrition and iCCM. Funded by the UNICEF.

Hermann has expertise in Health Economics and Applied Econometrics, with 8 years of working experience in health financing, economic valuation (cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis), and impact evaluation of public policies.

In 2013, Hermann obtained his PhD from the University of Rennes 1 in France, at the Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM, UMR CNRS 6211), investigating the preferences of rural households for community-based health insurance (CBHI) and spatial externalities in the demand for CBHI. He is currently a research fellow at the Center for Research in Economics and Management.

In 2014, his PhD thesis was awarded a prize for outstanding research in Development Economics by CEDIMES (Centre d’Etudes sur le Développement International et les Mouvements Economiques et Sociaux), University of Paris-Est Creteil Val de Marne.

Hermann is passionate about providing strong research evidence that could help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa achieve better health-care systems. He has numerous publications focusing on health financing, economic valuation, and applied microeconometrics. Most of his works can be found on



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