Okwach Abagi

Researcher, Kenya

Okwach Abagi holds a PhD from McGill University and is a Director of RESEARCHWEB Centre based in Nairobi, Kenya. Okwach is an M&E and Institutional Development Specialist, with 16 years of professional experience in the social sector. Okwach is a gender responsive researcher with a vast experience in monitoring and evaluation; development and management of work programmes; facilitating strategic planning and institutional development /strengthening; conducting research, policy analysis and gender audits and training. Okwach has traveled and worked in various countries in Eastern and Southern African Region, offering technical assistance for various governments and organizations including UNIFEM, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID, CARE International, Action, Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), and Commonwealth Secretariat among others. Okwach taught at Kenyatta University in Kenya for 11 years and has several publications. In the last three years Okwach assisted the National AIDS Control Council – Kenya and the National AIDS Commission –Rwanda and the Division of Reproductive Health, MoH – Kenya to develop monitoring and evaluation plans.

Alice Wanjira Munya

Researcher, Kenya

Alice Wanjira is a graduate of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. She is also a commissioner with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) as well as a co-founder and convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTAnet). Her interests are communication policy and regulations.

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Aatifa Timjerdine

Researcher, Morocco

Aatifa Timjerdine, a sociology major, taught philosophy at a secondary school in Rabat before joining the Committee on Human Rights and Citizenship within the Ministry of National Education. She is a member of the women’s association “l’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc » (ADFM) and coordinator of the National Network of Women Victims of Violence (Anarouz). She was also member of the bureau of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of Philosophy from 1993 to 1997. She has participated in many national and international activities dealing with issues related to gender-based violence, gender equality, human rights and leadership.

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Mina Tafnout

Researcher, Morocco

Mina Tafnout graduated from the Information Sciences School in Rabat, Morocco, with a Masters in Information Sciences.  She has worked in the National Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Planning, and is currently a project manager with the Social Development Agency. She is a member of the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), and is responsible for communications within the Réseau Africain des Centres et Cliniques Juridiques des Femmes dans l'Espace Francophone.

Amina has been the head and director of the Nejma Centre for Information and Legal Assistance for Women survivors of Violence, the national coordinator of the  National Network of Legal Centres for Women Survivors of Violence (ANARUZ), the project coordinator of  Mashreq Maghreb Gender Linking Information Project (Mac-Mag GLIP), and was a member of the Preparatory and Organizing Committee of the African NGOs Forum for the assessment of the implementation of Beijing platform 2004-2005.

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Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

Researcher, Uganda

Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology and a MPhil in Social Anthropology.  Grace is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies of Makerere University, Kampala.  She is a distinguished social anthropologist and an experienced trainer/lecturer, researcher and advocate for gender equality and social transformation.

Grace has done extensive research in reproductive health, in particular maternal health, and in HIV/AIDS in conflict situations. She has also researched women and ICT. She has published widely, most recently completing a book entitled Women, Work and Domestic Virtue in Uganda which received an award from the African Studies Association in 2007.


Salamatu Bungon

Researcher, Nigeria


Assabe Emanuel

Researcher, Nigeria


Leila Hassanin

Researcher, Egypt

Leila Hassanin has a Ph.D. in Public Administration and 20 years of experience in socio-economic development and institutional capacity building, ranging from local, national, regional, to international levels. Dr Hassanin served as Information Officer for UNDP's Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) in New York and has been a national officer for UNICEF and WHO in Egypt. She is a researcher and a consultant and has been working with various UN and bi-lateral development organisations. Leila Hassanin is founder and director of ArabDev, which since 1999, has focused on IT for development and has spearheaded grassroots IT initiatives in Egypt in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, local and regional NGOs and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

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Consolata Kabonesa

Researcher, Uganda


Lilian Liundi

Researcher, Tanzania

Gertrudes Macueve

Researcher, Mozambique

Gertrudes Macueve is a lecturer in computer sciences at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. She is currently doing her doctoral studies in the field of Information Systems. Her research interests include ICTs for development in general, and e-government and gender in particular. She has been involved in telecentre research activities since 2000, and was lead author for the Mozambique study.

Juidite Mandlate

Researcher, Mozambique

Judite Mandlate is a lecturer at the Math and Informatics Department of the Science Faculty at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. Her main research interest is in data communications and networking and open source solutions. She was a member of the Mozambique GRACE research team, working in particular on the data collection and analysis.

Ruth Meena

Researcher, Tanzania

Ruth Meena is a feminist activist and educator who taught for thirty-five years at various levels including secondary school, teachers colleges and university.  She has won several awards including a Senior Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Stanford in the USA, Ford Foundation and IDRC research competitions, as well as being a visiting scholar at several universities in the USA and Canada. She has a passion for working with young people as they are a potential transformative force against oppressive systems, including patriarchy. She is now running a multi-disciplinary learning center whose mission is to support young people to ‘Be the Best they Can Be.’   Of her publications the one she treasures most is ‘A conversation with Bibi Titi’ in Marjori Mbilinyi and Mary Rusimbi (2003) Activist Voices: Feminist Struggles for an Alternative World. She is a member of a variety of professional and civil organisations, and the current chairperson of the Tanzania Gender Networking Program.

Elizabeth Mlambo

Researcher, Zimbabwe

Elizabeth Mlambo is the Sub-Librarian of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. The IDS’s mandate is to carry out academic and policy-oriented research that will contribute to development through empowerment of the majority of the working people in the rural and urban areas of Zimbabwe, who are currently marginalized in the development process. Prior to this she was assistant librarian, with the University of Zimbabwe in charge of the Faculty of Agriculture and Engineering. She was principal lecturer at Harare Polytechnic for five years where she taught Library and Information Science as well as Management. She has undertaken gender studies with the Institute and has done research on “The gender dimension of the use of ICTs in Universities.” She sits on the Women’s Action Group Board and has recently been appointed to be the Chairperson of The General Emmanuel Erskine Research and Documentation Centre Advisory Council (an affiliate of the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa).

Muriuki Mureithi

Researcher, Kenya

Mr. Muriuki Mureithi is an ICT specialist with a passion to help exploit the benefits of ICTs in Africa, with a career now spanning 25 years in telecommunications with Kenya Posts and Telecom (12 years) and as an independent ICT consultant for 13 years. His interestc include ICT evolution as a tool for empowerment and he continues to work with industry stakeholders to forge positive change and foster universal access and use of ICTs. One of the highlights was the appointment by UNECA to be a member of the High Level Committee that drafted the African Information Society Initiative in 1996. The focus of his consulting and research is policy, regulatory and strategy evolution of ICTs in Africa and its use among communities, individuals and corporate business. This has emanated from activities with UN agencies, African Governments, development partners, civil society, operators, and suppliers. Key projects have involved cellular operators, rural ICT development, regulatory reform, market analysis and competitive issues in markets in Eastern and Central Africa with Summit Strategies Ltd, which he founded nine years ago. Key clients include development partners, governments, operators, suppliers, and civil society. His consultancy has operated in 18 countries in Africa Mr. Mureithi has presented widely at national and international conferences on ICT issues. He has also published in international ICT journals and specialized publications. Mr. Mureithi has an Executive MBA in Strategic Management and post-graduate certificate in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), USA, in addition to having taken other courses in ICT and management.


David Mutua

Researcher, Nigeria


Precious Mwatsiya

Researcher, Zimbabwe

Precious Mwatsiya is the Faculty of Arts Librarian at the University of Zimbabwe. She is responsible for liaising with the faculty for purchases of library material and coordinating and teaching Information Literacy Skills to students, a course that equips students with skills needed to access electronic resources. She is currently studying for her masters in Library and Information Science. Her research interests lie in ICTs and their usage in learning, Information Literacy and digital libraries.


Angela Nakafero

Researcher, Uganda

Angela Nakafeero is the Director- Research and Training with Development Alternatives Consult (DAC), Founder Member of Uganda Women’s Caucus on ICTs (UWCI), Founder Member of Pan African Peace Institute (PAPI), and Member of Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE). She holds a Masters degree in Women and Gender Studies from Makerere University.


Mary Rusimbi

Researcher, Tanzania

Mary Janet Rusimbi is a founding member and was the Executive Director of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) for ten years until March 2007. As a founder of other organizations and board member of several organizations, she has been playing key leadership roles in the women's movement for many years, engaging in promoting gender equality, equity and social transformation in the country, regionally and internationally. She previously worked as a gender programme officer for the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Canadian High Commission in Tanzania. Mary is currently working as a gender and development specialist in gender and policy analysis, gender budgeting, participatory training and facilitation, research and organizational development of civil society organizations. She has published numerous articles and book chapters relating to gender and development issues.

Dorothy Okello

Researcher, Uganda

Dr. Dorothy Okello is Coordinator of Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) whose mission is to promote and support the use of information and communication technologies by women and women’s organizations in Uganda. She has been active in the area of getting more women, small-scale enterprises and rural communities engaged in the information society for development via gender and ICT policy advocacy and via program implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Okello is a member of the Strategy Council for the Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology and Development (GAID) hosted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


Olive Sifuna

Researcher, Kenya

Olive Nelima Sifuna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Community Development from Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya. She is a Research Associate at the RESEARCHWEB Center. Currently, she is working at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as an Administrator. She is also pursuing her Masters degree in Business Administration.

Elise Tchinda

Researcher, Cameroon

Elize Tchinda, holds a Masters degree in Management Sciences and is now undertaking a Ph.D in entrepreneurship at Strasbourg Louis Pasteur University (France).  She is teaching at Douala University Institute of Tehcnology (Cameroon).  Elise is in charge of studies at Douala’s Association for the Support of Women Entrepreneurs (ASAFE). She has conducted several studies for ASAFE both internally and with the public authorities of Cameroon.










Grace is an initiative envisioned and funded by
the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), developed by Research For the Future (RFF) and managed by The GRACE Project Voluntary Association
Grace est une initiative initiée et financée parle Centre de recherches pour le développement international (CRDI), développée par Research For the Future,
et gérée par l'Association Volontaire Projet de GRACE .