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ORGANISATION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA-OSSREA

ADDIS ABABABA, Ethiopia
Joined March 2021

to become and remain a center of excellence for the creation and dissemination of social science knowledge as well as linking social science research with public policy in Eastern and Southern Africa.



Presence in: Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a membership based regional academic Think-Tank established in 1983 by independent African scholars to promote research and capacity development for evidence based policy formulation, analysis and implementation. It is based at the Sidist Kilo Campus of the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. It is an independent body hosted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and vested with privileges of a regional non-governmental research organization. It is a multi-regional organization with a presence in 19 countries represented by OSSREA chapters of Eastern and Southern Africa and hosted by Universities in those countries. It is a partnership organization with a loose network of South to South and North to South partnership.  It works with institutions of higher education, policy makers, civil society organizations, private practitioners and media to support multi-disciplinary social science research with the aim of having impact and transforming livelihoods. Over the past four decades, OSSREA has been hinged on 6 pillars which are: Generating data and co-creation of knowledge through Social Science research, data analysis and writing research evidence papers; sharing and exchanging data, evidence and knowledge widely through off-line(workshops) and on-line methods (publications- peer reviewed books, sharing events on  journals, social media platforms, writing blogs); translating the research and data into evidence and knowledge products ( policy briefs, guidance notes,infographics,fact sheets) for research up-take  that policy makers can use for decision-making thus translating research into policy and practice; strengthening the capacity of the  stakeholders and institutions that they come from; and fund administration. OSSREA conducts, a tailor made advanced research methodology training is conducted together with gender mainstreaming into research.

People Associated With This Organization

TRUPHENA E. MUKUNA

Ethiopia  
ORGANISATION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, 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.
TRUPHENA E. MUKUNA is the network champion (main point of contact) for ORGANISATION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA-OSSREA.

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