Morlu Dominic Kpalie
Host Led (NEPI)
What inspired you to join Mountaintop?
"I am impressed by the mission and vision of the Mountaintop Fellowship Program of addressing critical challenges around the globe and finding solutions to those problems through professional development. My goals are to capture how the entity with which I will be working demonstrates strong organizational skills that will strengthen my ability to interact and relate to my responsibilities and promote community development in Liberia."
Morlu Dominic Kpalie is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Quality Research & Development (IQRD) Inc., which specializes in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analyses for institutions with a primary focus on studying women's political participation in elections in Liberia.
As an economist, Morlu Dominic Kpalie is deeply passionate about the structural inequalities facing women, and has dedicated much of his academic studies and professional career to reforming the Liberian electoral process to allow for greater female representation. In 10+ years of experience working in research and program evaluation, he has worked with universities, international organizations, and other research institutions like Innovations for Poverty Action, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and the World Bank. At IQRD, Morlu Dominic recently led the data collection on gold and diamond resources in Liberia and was featured in a published Resources Policy article titled "Gold and Diamond Artisanal Mining in Liberia: Under the Umbrella of in (Formality)?" From this project, Morlu Dominic Kpalie learned how policy plays a major role in shifting vulnerable youths’ perspectives toward a better future.
Morlu Dominic Kpalie’s current research evaluation projects include: the World Bank Endline Social Cash Transfer Project (SCT), Syphilis Screening and Treatment Among Pregnant Women, World Bank Social Safety Nets (LSSN), Youth Opportunities SBS Round-2 Endline (YOP), Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) in Liberia, Early Grade Reading Assessments or Measuring Early Learning, Quality and Outcome (EGRA or MELQO), Evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Training Activity, World Bank Youth Opportunity Project (YOP) Community Livelihood and Agriculture Support Impact Evaluation, and the Sustainable Transformation of Youth in Liberia (STYL).
Morlu Dominic Kpalie is a graduate of United Methodist University in Monrovia and a graduate of the African School of Economics with a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics. For his fellowship, Morlu Dominic will serve as an Associate Research Manager with NEPI Inc, a nonprofit using cognitive behavioral therapy and conditional cash transfers to transform the lives of at-risk young men in Monrovia. In this role, Morlu Dominic Kpalie will support the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) portfolio of the Sustainable Transformation of Youth in Liberia (STYL) scale-up in Liberia and the overall management of the MEL system.