AFIDEP welcomes new Project Director for USAID-funded BUILD project
20 September 2022

The African Institute for Development for Policy (AFIDEP) is pleased to announce Clive Mutunga as the new Project Director for the USAID-funded BUILD project, effective October 1, 2022. He succeeds Dr Doreen Othero, who has left AFIDEP.

Clive brings to BUILD extensive experience, and strategic leadership in cross-sectoral Population Environment and Development (PED) approaches. Over the past two decades, he has contributed to cross-sectoral strategy, policy and program design and implementation. He has also led work on strategic communication and partnership management, research, evaluation, learning and knowledge management in population, health, environment and climate change.

Clive’s current position at USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) involves leading efforts to provide senior-level strategic guidance and technical expertise to advance cross-sectoral policy and program integration among various development sectors to foster sustainable development. Before joining USAID, he worked at Population Action International (PAI), where he led and contributed to PAI’s population and climate change initiative, multi-year research, advocacy and strategic communications effort to deepen the understanding of the links between population dynamics, health and climate change. These experiences make him valuable in his new role at AFIDEP.

“I am elated that Clive is joining AFIDEP to lead the BUILD project. Clive is very knowledgeable about the state of the PED field and the critical interventions needed to take the PED agenda to the next level at policy and program levels in low and middle-income countries. His in-depth understanding of the PED community of practice is a massive plus for the BUILD project.”  Dr Eliya Zulu, Executive Director of AFIDEP

“I am thrilled to be joining AFIDEP and leading the BUILD project. There is no better time to be doing this important work than now when the world increasingly recognises the need for cross-sectoral action to address the interconnected development challenges.” – Clive Mutunga.

Clive resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. He and his family look forward to transitioning to their new second home in Lilongwe, Malawi.



The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and its partners: PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc (PFPI), Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and FHI360 are implementing a project titled Building Capacity for Integrated FP/RH and PED Action (BUILD) funded by USAID. BUILD project supports decision-makers in understanding the cross-sectoral benefits of voluntary family planning to implement policies and programs that help meet the demand for family planning and other development sector outcomes. The project will increase gender equality and promote youth empowerment to achieve sustainable development outcomes.

BUILD has two primary results: 1). Strengthening individual and institutional capacity in advocacy, policy communications and negotiations; and 2). Increasing commitment for cross-sectoral approaches to integrated population, health, environment, climate change, resilience, food security, livelihoods and security programs.