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Madhira Institute and PHM

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined March 2021

Based in East Africa, the Madhira Institute builds evidence on 'what works' for health and social development. We apply rigorous methods in social sciences to human rights and social movements.

Presence in: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights

The Madhira Institute focuses on evidence for international health and social development. With a base in Africa and a network in the Global South, we aim for strong, independent documentation of ‘what works’ and how to ensure that societies can deliver for their people. The Institute is affiliated with COPASAH and PHM.

People Associated With This Organization

Ravi Ram

Madhira Institute and PHM
Joined March 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights
Ravi M. Ram is a social development and evaluation expert, with special interests in health, social accountability and public policy on health and social systems, particularly in relation to women’s and child health and nutrition. A key interest in the Legal Empowerment Network are (1) sharing the focus on rigorous evidence in understanding social systems and dynamics and (2) applying elements of legal empowerment to his existing right-based skills in community engagement. Ravi's focus on social accountability cuts across this work, with a strong emphasis on civil society voices in health policy-making, programming and evaluation at global, national and local levels. He brings over 25 years of experience in gender-responsive and equity-focused evaluation, analysis and learning related to international health. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Ravi has substantial evaluation and research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, including direct engagement with communities and policy-makers. As part of his professional service, Ravi serves on the board for HENNET, the Kenya Health NGO network, several regional African civil society coalitions, as well as Special Advisor to the COPASAH Global Secretariat and contributing to the African Gender & Development Evaluation Network (AGDEN), as part of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA).Globally, he serves on the steering groups of the Kampala Initiative (advancing cooperation and solidarity for health equity within and beyond aid) and the Health Workers for All Coalition, the UHC2030 task team, and also contributes to the People’s Health Movement (PHM). He has previously worked for international collaborations with universities and NGOs in Africa and South Asia. He holds a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from USIU, an MPH from Boston University, and an AB from Harvard College.
Ravi Ram is the network champion (main point of contact) for Madhira Institute and PHM.

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