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Steve Sharra Ph.D., HFW
Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Steve works on AFIDEP’s Transformative Education and Skills Development (TESD) thematic area, promoting the use of evidence in education policymaking at national and regional levels on the African continent. Steve’s work entails offering support for capacity strengthening, evidence synthesis, knowledge translation, technical assistance and engagement with policymakers in education nationally and regionally. Steve’s work also involves providing support for the alignment of national, regional and global education policies, and the tracking of progress in the implementation of policy goals.

Prior to joining AFIDEP, Steve was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Director of Research & Publications at the Catholic University of Malawi. His other previous experiences have included teaching at the University of Botswana, Michigan State University, Baker College of Owosso, and the University of Iowa – in the United States. He has also taught and worked in teacher education and professional development, education policy, curriculum development, girls education, peace, and social justice education, and Pan-Africanist studies.

Steve was also previously the Executive Director at Link Community Development-Malawi and was the Senior Teacher Training Advisor on the Malawi Teacher Professional Development Support project. He has also been a lead consultant on the review of Malawi’s National Strategy for Teacher Education and Development, national consultant on the intra-Africa Talent Mobilisation Project, senior consultant on the Engaging Communities and Schools in Support of Adolescent Girls in Malawi (ECSSAGEM), and national project director on the Keeping Girls in School – Technical Assistance Support project.

Steve is a Fellow of the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) at the London School of Economics, and an Honorary Fellow in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy from Michigan State University, USA, and a Master of Arts in English Education at the University of Iowa, USA.

Steve’s research interests are in the use of evidence of education policymaking; teacher education and professional development; global social justice; Pan-African studies; and writing pedagogy. He has published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented papers and keynote addresses at conferences in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.

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