Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, Mzumbe University, Dar es Salaam Campus College, Tanzania
Flora Lucas Kessy, a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Mzumbe University, Morogoro Tanzania holds a PhD in Agricultural and Consumer Economics with a major in Family and Consumer Economics and a minor in Women and Gender in Global Perspective from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA. Dr. Kessy has researched and published on issues related to income and non-income poverty, social sectors development and good governance. In particular, she has researched on poverty reduction strategies in Eastern and Southern Africa, poverty escape routes, covariate and idiosyncratic shocks affecting households in Tanzania and social protection. In the area of governance, she is involved in public expenditure studies for the health sector and water sector and the use of evidence for actions to improve maternal and newborn health.
She has provided services to the Government of Tanzania including leading the team that drafted the second cluster (quality of life and social wellbeing) of the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of poverty (MKUKUTA). She has also provided consultancy services to national and international organizations on on-socil-economic development and project evaluation including the World Bank, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), UNFPA, UNICEF, DfID and Gatsby Charitable Foundation among others.
Her major community development intervention is the implementation of the access project which aimed at improving access to effective malaria treatment in two districts in Southern Tanzania using interventions designed to increase household resources for accessing health care and improving quality of health care at health facilities. She has also participated in implementing Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) action research for people living with HV and AIDS.