Agency for All Welcomes Regional Leadership to Focus on Communities of Practice

Author: Agency for All Project | Posted: Sep 2023

As the Agency for All Project nears the end of our first year, we’re eager to broaden our connections and share our learnings. That’s why we’ve brought on three regional leaders who will coordinate multi-country, multi-partner initiatives by liaising with the network of Social Norms Learning Collaboratives: Social Norms Learning Collaborative, South Asia, Eastern Africa Social and Gender Norms Learning Collaborative, Social Norms Learning Collaborative, Nigeria (SNLC), and La Communauté d’apprentissage sur les Normes sociales en Afrique Francophone. Together, we’ll work to link social and behavior change (SBC) implementing organizations, researchers, funders, government stakeholders, and community representatives to Agency for All’s activities and research across West Africa, East Africa, and South Asia.

Agency for All anticipates this focus will help local research institutions and organizations strengthen networks and build expertise and capacity to advance quality research and SBC programming, and give a powerful voice to practitioners at both regional and global levels.

Agency for All’s Hippolyte Rouamba (left), Edith Nantongo (center), and Harish Chand (right)


Introducing Rouamba Hippolyte, West Africa

Hippolyte Rouamba has more than 25 years of professional experience, including 10 as an SBC officer in non-governmental organizations such as FHI360, University Research CO (URC- CHS), Helen Keller International, and EngenderHealth on projects mostly funded by USAID.

Hippo holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Project Management. He is married with three boys, enjoys gardening and visiting tourist attractions, and is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Introducing Edith Nantongo, East Africa

Edith Nantongo has over 20 years of experience in designing and managing integrated health and development programs targeting children, adolescents, youth, and vulnerable women. She has held mid-level, senior management, and consultancy positions in various USAID funded projects and international development organizations including Plan International, Child Fund, FHI360, JSI, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and UNICEF. She has tremendous expertise and passion in social and behavior change and risk communication, a space she has occupied for the last 13 years.

She holds a Masters degree in Social Sector Planning and Management and Bachelors of Social work from Makerere University, Uganda. Edith loves farming and has a keen interest in agri-business. She lives in Kampala, Uganda, is married, and is a proud mother of five children.

Introducing Harish Chand, South Asia

Harish Chand is a public health and nutrition professional with more than 25 years of experience in the development sector with extensive experience in community-based health, program management, design, and monitoring.

He has held leadership roles with NGOs and is a member of various alliances and networks at the national level. He has a strong ability to liaise and coordinate with agencies, development partners, academia, CSOs, and NGOs. Harish holds a Master’s degree in Sociology, post-graduate diploma in Public Health and Nutrition, and a post-graduate diploma in Management of Reproductive Child Health Programs. He is married with two wonderful boys.

Agency for All is a five-year globally focused USAID-funded project generating evidence on agency and effective social and behavior change strategies to convert intention into action to improve health. We develop culturally relevant constructs of agency, strengthen evidence on approaches to foster empowerment and increase the agency of local partners to generate and utilize evidence. Agency for All is committed to advancing principles of inclusion and participation in locally-led research, monitoring, and evaluation.