Mr Witness  M.O.T  Alfonso

Witness is an Associate Research Fellow at IPOR. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from the University of Malawi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Mzuzu University. A well-rounded individual, Witness has expertise in the fields of governance, public health, Social protection, development, gender, education, child protection and Political Economy. Witness has excellent research skills which include proposal writing and development, instrument development, training, team management, data quality control, data analysis, project evaluations, report writing and dissemination of study results. He is an independent critical and analytical player, who has over the years developed as a researcher with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills. He is a trainer, team player and builder, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and fluent in English, Chichewa, Tumbuka, and Yao languages.

Witness joined IPOR in 2016 and he has managed a number of projects that include:  The National Media and Communication Study commissioned by UNICEF in 2017, Chiefs in Democracy Study conducted for Chancellor College’s Political and Administrative Studies department, Awareness And Consumption Of The Zathu Brand And Its Media Products And Related Attitudes Of The Malawian Population  study conducted for the Girl Effect Malawi in 2017, Midline and Endline Evaluations of the United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations (Ubale) Project which was being implemented by the Catholic Relief Services in 2017 and 2018, Endline evaluation of the Strengthened Citizen Participation for Accountability of Development Resources and Results (SCPADRR) project implemented and commissioned by the Mzuzu Diocese’s Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in 2017,  Governance and Local Development study for the University of Gothenburg in 2019 and also the second midline evaluation of the  Malawi Education School Support Improvement Programme for the World Bank and the Ministry of Education in 2019.