Rose Oronje

Director, Public Policy and Communication AFIDEP

Rose is a development policy and communications specialist with over 10 years experience in development research-to-policy communications and conducting policy analysis research. With a strong background in communication and policy analysis, Rose has extensive experience in conducting analyses of policies and policy environments, and translating and communicating research to policymakers and other general audiences (including the mass media). She also has extensive experience in designing and delivering capacity building programmes in knowledge translation, including research-to-policy communications, but also research utilisation by policymakers, media practitioners, and civil society.

At AFIDEP, Rose provides strategic leadership in the design and delivery of evidence uptake research and interventions. Her publications have focused mainly on the areas of health policymaking, and research-to-policy in the health sector. Prior to joining AFIDEP, Rose headed the Policy Engagement and Communications unit at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) from 2004-2009.

Rose earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. She also has a Masters Degree in Communications from the University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science from Moi University.

List of Publications

Oronje, R, EM Zulu (2018) Contribution of a network of parliamentary committees of health to the ecosystem of evidence use in African parliaments, Evidence & Policy (link:

Oronje, R, EM Zulu (2017) Working with parliamentary committees of health to tackle health issues in Africa. Available at:

Georgalakis, J; Jessani, N; Oronje, R, Ramalingam, B (eds) (2017) The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development. Brighton: IDS/Impact Initiative. Available at:

Longwe-Ngwira, A, R Oronje, B Ngwira, N Mushani, M Nkhata, E Zulu (2016) Status of evidence use in health policy formulation in Malawi: Results from three policy analysis case studies. AFIDEP Research Report. Available at:

Longwe-Ngwira, A, R Oronje, N Mushani (2015) Mid-term review of the performance of the Malawi National Health Research Agenda. AFIDEP Research Report. Available at:

Murunga, V, J Abisi, R Oronje, E Zulu (2014) An Assessment of capacity needs for application of research evidence in decision-making in the health sector in Kenya. AFIDEP Research Report. Available at:

Oronje, R (2014) Landscape Analysis of MNCH, FP and HIV/AIDS Integration in Eastern and Southern Africa. Available at:

Atela, M, N Mushani, R Oronje, E Zulu (2014) Landscape Analysis of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Integration in Zambia. Available at:

Allouche, J, M Djolai, E Kasper, R Oronje, R Santos, S Srivastava, L Waldman (eds) (2014) New Perspectives from Ph.D. Field Research, IDS Bulletin 45.2-3. Available at:

Oronje, R (2013) The Kenyan National Response to Internationally Agreed Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Goals: A Case Study of Three Policies, Reproductive Health Matters, 2013, 21(2): 151-160. Available at:

Oronje, R (2013) Understanding the drivers of change in sexual and reproductive health policy and legislation in Kenya.Doctoral thesis (Ph.D.), University of Sussex. Available at:

Hawkins, K, H MacGregor, R Oronje (2013) The Health of Women and Girls in Urban Areas with a Focus on Kenya and South Africa: A Review. IDS Brief Supporting Evidence Report 42. IDS: Brighton. Available at:

Oronje, R, J Crichton, S Theobald, NO Lithur, L Ibisomi (2011) Operationalising Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: The Constraints, the Dilemmas, and the Opportunities, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 11(Suppl 3): S8. (Highly accessed). Available at:

Standing, H, R Oronje, K Hawkins (eds). Contextualising rights: the lived experience of sexual and reproductive health rights, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2011, vol 11 Suppl 3. Available at:

Oronje, R, C Undie, E Zulu, J Crichton (2011) Engaging media in communicating research on sexual and reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa: Experiences and lessons learned, Health Research Policy and Systems, 9(Suppl 1): S7. Available at:

Fotso, JC, A Ezeh, R Oronje (2008) Provision and use of maternal health services among the urban poor in Kenya: what do we know and what can we do? Journal of Urban Health, 85(3): 428–442. Available at: