Eileen Bogweh Nchanji is a gender specialist in the African Regional Office of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, working with the Pan African Bean Research Alliance and leading gender research across thirty countries in West, Central and Eastern and Southern Africa. She works within the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals.
Eileen engages multidisciplinary teams, government and private sector partners in identifying and strengthening women and youth entrepreneurs through capacity building and linkages with financial organisations. She designs participatory programmes that continually engage women and youth, reducing drudgery and creating employment opportunities. She has also put in place processes to uphold a working culture that diverse and inclusive. She makes informed decisions on short and long term strategic gender research for the institution as the world changes.
Her research focuses on varied subjects in West and Central Africa: how one’s social relations within different socio-political and economic environments influence access or not over a resource and how climate change impact women access to and use of agricultural technologies.
Before joining the Alliance, she had worked with the Center for International Forestry Research and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Goettingen, Germany
M.A. in Anthropology of Development, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon
B.Sc. in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Buea, Cameroon