Andy Catley

Andy CatleyResearch Director for Policy Process, Feinstein International Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Working with Feinstein Since: 2000

Andy Catley leads national and regional programs that combine evidence-based analysis with the facilitation of policy reform and improved programming. He is the Principal Investigator on the Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy project in Ethiopia, and the Karamoja Resilience Support Unit in Uganda. His current interests focus on processes of rural transformation and related policy and programming options, especially in areas affected by recurrent humanitarian crises. From 2006 to 2015, Andy also led Feinstein’s support to the global Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS), and chaired the LEGS Steering Committee during this period. LEGS is a companion module to the Sphere Handbook.

Andy’s previous work at Tufts includes work the African Union and African regional organizations to develop new policies on pastoralist areas development and food security, notably the AU Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa. In 2005, Andy opened the Tufts University Africa Regional Office in Ethiopia, and directed the office until 2011. As a veterinarian and epidemiologist, Andy also worked extensively on livestock and veterinary issues in Africa, including the validation of participatory epidemiology in disease investigation and surveillance in resource-poor areas. He lived and worked in Somaliland, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya for 17 years.

Andy holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of London, a master’s degree in tropical veterinary science from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology, also from the University of Edinburgh. He was made a European Specialist in Population Medicine in 2005, and is a de facto Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health.

Research Interests:
  • Rural transformation, especially in areas affected by recurrent humanitarian crises.
  • Evidence-based approaches in difficult operational contexts.
Regional Focus:

Greater Horn of Africa

East Africa

Most Cited Books and Articles:

Catley, A., J. Lind, and I. Scoones. Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013.

Barasa, M., A. Catley, D. Machuchu, H. Laqua, E. Puot, D. Tap Kot and D. Ikiror. “Foot-and-mouth disease vaccination in South Sudan: benefit-cost analysis and livelihoods impact.” Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 55, (2008). 339-351.

Abebe, D., A. Cullis, A. Catley, Y. Aklilu, G. Mekonnen and Y. Ghebrechirstos. “Livelihoods impact and benefit-cost estimation of a commercial de-stocking relief intervention in Moyale district, southern Ethiopia.” Disasters 32, 2 (2008). 167-189.

Catley, A., S. Okoth, J. Osman, T. Fison, Z. Njiru, J. Mwangi, B.A. Jones, T.J. and Leyland. “Participatory diagnosis of a chronic wasting disease in cattle in southern Sudan.” Preventive Veterinary Medicine 51, 3-4 (2001). 161-181.

Catley, A. and T. Leyland. “Community participation and the delivery of veterinary services in Africa.” Preventive Veterinary Medicine 49, (2001). 95-113.

Most Recent External Publications:

Catley, A., J. Lind and I. Scoones.”The futures of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa: pathways of growth and change.” Office international des epizooties revue scientifique et technique 35, 2 (2016). 389-403.

Catley, A. “Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.” In Livestock-Related Interventions During Emergencies – The How To Do It Manual, edited by Ankers, P., Bishop, S., Mack, S. and Dietze, K. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 18. Rome: 2016.

Catley, A., B. Admassu, G. Bekele and D. Abebe. “Livestock mortality in pastoralist herds in Ethiopia during drought and implications for drought response.” Disasters 38, 3 (2014). 500-516.

Catley, A. and A. Cullis. “Money to Burn? Comparing the costs and benefits of drought responses in pastoralist areas of Ethiopia.” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (2012).

Catley, A., R.G. Alders and J.L.N. Wood. “Participatory epidemiology: approaches, methods, experiences.” The Veterinary Journal 191, (2012). 151-160.

News Items

Additional funding awarded to AKLDP by USAID Ethiopia
August 16, 2016

The Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP) has been awarded $730,000 by USAID Ethiopia to continue its work providing collaborative learning and coordination support across the USAID Feed…

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Andy Catley discusses Ethiopia’s drought with Tufts Now
June 9, 2016

Andy Catley recently talked to Tufts Now about how better planning and improved funding have helped Ethiopia deal with debilitating drought. As Ethiopia struggles to recover from its worst drought…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

KRSU is a four-year project of USAID/Uganda aimed at increasing resilience and economic development in the Karamoja Region of northeast Uganda.

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The Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP)

The AKLDP is a five-year project of USAID Ethiopia which provides collaborative learning and coordination support across the Feed the Future portfolio, leading to improved agriculture, livestock and pastoral policy and programming.

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Feinstein Publications

Community-Based Animal Health Workers in the Horn of Africa An Evaluation for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

This report describes the process and findings of an evaluation of community-based animal health workers (CAHWs) in Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Overall, the researchers find that CAHWs continue to…

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Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide Updated Version 2014

The Feinstein International Center has been developing and adapting participatory approaches to measure the impact of livelihoods based interventions since the early nineties. Originally released in 2009, this updated version…

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