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TRUPHENA E. MUKUNA

Ethiopia  
ORGANISATION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a multi-disciplinary social science researcher with a PhD in Curriculum Development and Communication Technology. I hold a Master of Education degree in Curriculum studies and Bachelors in Education. My areas of interest are education, social science reserarch,capacity building and mentorship of early career researchers, gender studies, youth, women and children, climate change, disaster risk reduction, peace and conflict resolution, governance and social protection. My career spans from public to private institutions. I have over 7 years of international experience and 12 years of academic leadership. I have trained extensively in gender studies, human rights activism, monitoring evaluation and learning and project management. I have published my researches extensively and translated these researches into knowledge products for policy decision making. I have great passion for vulnerable groups and conduct research for problem-solving that can lead to transformation of livelihoods. I am a pragmatism. I am keen on empowering adolescents and youth, women ,disabled and marginalized communities through capacity building and amplifying the voices of the voiceless. Through my research, I provide space for the vulnerable in society at the decision making tables through knowledge and policy dialogue workshops. I do this both online and off-line.Some of my notable researches include my PhD Thesis entitled: Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction Education into the Primary School Curriculum: A case study of Budalangi Flood Plains, Kenya. I brought to the fore the untold suffering of the vulnerable communities in flood plains, challenges of becoming internally displaced person and how indigenous knowledge can lead to climate change adaptation. I documented evidence of ineffective formal social protection given to vulnerable populations and how disasters exacerbate vulnerability, poverty and gender inequalities. The second project was Evidence and Lessons from Latin America to Africa funded by DFID. As a CO-PI we investigated Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature: The Kenyan Case Study. I just concluded a research study funded by IDRC entitled Youth-Inclusive Mechanisms in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in which we interrogated the drivers, policy environment, state and non-state interventions to violent extremism and lessons learnt. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of an IDRC funded project entitled,COVID-19 and the Youth Question in Africa:Responses,Impacts and Prevention. We are piloting a vertically integrated social accountability framework using youth-led CSOs to hold the government accountable over budgets, resources, policies and programs for COVID-19 as a bottom-up approach to governance of COVID-19. We seek to empower young people and the local leaders to meaningfully engage and not only have communities having a voice in service delivery but also teeth to enforce sanctions against the corrupt.

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