Chi-Chi Undie is an associate with the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program in Nairobi. Since joining the Council in 2009, Undie’s research has focused primarily on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and adolescent girls. Since 2011, she has served as project leader for the Council-led Africa Regional SGBV Network—a multi-country, multi-partner SGBV response and research initiative in East and Southern Africa. Her work on SGBV has had wide influence on policy and practice, leading to the passage of a resolution calling for the integration of intimate partner violence screening into sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS services throughout East, Central, and Southern Africa. Her SGBV work has recently been extended to refugee settings in the region. In addition, her work with married adolescent girls has shown that, contrary to popular belief, a considerable proportion of girls in Kenya are married to adolescent boys (as opposed to older men), and that there is a need to re-evaluate interventions and services aimed at this population of girls. Her more recent research with out-of-school adolescent mothers aims to expand their access to formal education by revitalizing the implementation of Kenya’s school re-entry policy for young mothers.
Before joining the Council, Undie was a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow and, later, an associate research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center. There she led the Center’s sexuality program and conducted several sexual and reproductive health research projects.
Undie is a coordinating group member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an advisory group member for the Institute of Development Studies’ Sexuality and Development Programme, and serves on the international editorial advisory board of the journal Sex Education.
She holds a BA in French from the University of Calabar and graduate degrees in intercultural communication (MA) and language, literacy, and culture (PhD) from the University of Maryland.