Chris Chibwana

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Leads IDinsight’s partnerships with African governments and African philanthropy to support data-driven development on the continent.

Chris Chibwana is the Southern Africa Regional Director at IDinsight and a Partner, based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Chris oversees IDinsight’s Southern Africa client engagements, which encompass projects across social protection, education, agriculture, health, and water and sanitation sectors. He leads IDinsight's partnerships with African governments to increase their use of data and evidence in decision-making. He has developed and managed partnerships with governments in Malawi and Zambia focused on strengthening the countries’ social protection programs, and in Ghana with the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to support the government’s Free Senior High School program and other presidential priority programs.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Chris served as a program manager at USAID missions in Malawi, Myanmar and Bangladesh where he developed and managed several projects to improve economic growth and reduce poverty and undernutrition. He also worked as a researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

Chris holds a B.S. in agribusiness management with distinction from the University of Malawi and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.



Selected Publications

  • Chibwana, C., G. Shively, M. Fisher, C. Jumbe and W. Masters. 2013. “Measuring Impacts of Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program.” African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 9(2): 132-147. (Article)

  • Alene, A.D., R. Khataza, C. Chibwana, P. Ntawuruhunga and C. Moyo. 2013. “Economic impacts of cassava research and extension in Malawi and Zambia.” Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics 5(11): 457-469. (Research paper)

  • Chibwana, C., M. Fisher and G. Shively. 2012. Cropland allocation effects of Agricultural Input Subsidies in Malawi.” World Development 40(1): 124–133. (Article)

  • Chibwana, C., G. Shively and C. Jumbe. 2012. “Agricultural Subsidies and Forest Clearing in Malawi.” Environmental Conservation. 40(1): 60-70. (Article)

  • Shively, G., P. Jagger, D. Sserunkuuma, C. Chibwana and A. Arinaitwe. 2010. “Profits and margins along Uganda’s charcoal value chain.” International Forestry Review 12(3): 270-283. (Article)

  • Chibwana, C., and M. Fisher. 2011. The Impacts of Agricultural Input Subsidies in Malawi. Lilongwe: International Food Policy Research Institute. Malawi Strategy Support Program (MaSSP) Policy Note #5. (Project paper)