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Richard de Groot

Social and Economic Policy Researcher

Richard de Groot’s research interests focus on the impacts of social programmes on children’s health and nutrition, household economic wellbeing and the pathways of impact. He holds a PhD degree in Governance and Policy Analysis from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT. He is currently a researcher with the Social and Economic Policy unit at UNICEF Innocenti, working on impact evaluations of national cash transfer programmes in Mali and Ghana, and on an evidence synthesis of cash-plus programmes. Richard is also affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development as a research fellow. Before joining Innocenti, he served as Research Coordinator at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, where he was responsible for the coordination and management of an innovative research project on mobile technologies and universal health coverage in Kenya. Next to his position at AIGHD, Richard worked as a freelance consultant and researcher for various international organizations, NGOs and academic institutions, including UNICEF, GIZ, HelpAge International and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to this, he was a researcher at UNICEF Innocenti where he was involved in the impact evaluation of the Ghana LEAP 1000 cash transfer programme targeted to low-income households with young children. As an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, he has extensive experience implementing evaluations and quantitative research on topics related to poverty alleviation, human development, and children’s nutritional status. He has regional experience in Cambodia, Ghana and Kenya, and has conducted analytical projects in Tanzania and Sierra Leone.