Papa Kojo Botsio is a first year DPhil candidate from Ghana at the University of Oxford. His research is focused on Education and Welfare Policy particularly addressing the limited access to secondary and higher education for economically and socially vulnerable students in Ghana. Prior to Oxford, he received a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Social Policy at Cornell University and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College. He is also a co-founder of University Avenue, an Education Consultancy that provides University Application Counseling Services for Ghanaian students.
Ashley Pople is currently pursuing a DPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship. She completed her Politics, Philosophy and Economics undergraduate at the University of Cape Town and the MSc in Economics for Development at Oxford. Her research interests lie at the intersection of development and behavioral economics with a focus on southern Africa. In particular, her research explores the role of beliefs, identities and norms in influencing decision-making, as well as social networks, urbanisation and the impact of cash transfers.
For a second year in a row, Ashley has been involved with the Scholarship Portfolio. She is motivated to equalize access of opportunity for young Africans in the face of unjust structural barriers. Last year, the team mapped out the problem landscape for the gross underrepresentation of African students at Oxford, highlighting the key drivers for change and setting the portfolio's current agenda.
Catherine Namwezi is a Ugandan student pursuing the Mphil in Development Studies. Her vision is to go back to Uganda and work towards the transformation of communities. She believes that individuals can transform their current realities into desired ones if given the right tools and opportunities. In her research, Catherine is interested in education policy in Uganda and how local people can be active participants in creating a Uganda that they want.
Catherine is serving as a member of the scholarship portfolio of the AfriSoc Committee. Understanding that finances can be a big hindrance to qualified African Students, her desire is to point African applicants in the right direction as they apply to the University of Oxford.