John Burns

John BurnsChief of Party/Senior Manager (Former Employee)

John was the chief of party for the USAID funded Resilience Learning Project from 2014 to 2016. Additionally, he led a variety of multi-year, multi-country initiatives aimed at improving policy and programming around drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa since 2006. He was closely involved in the development and application of tools and methods to assess the impact of various types of humanitarian and development interventions in diverse contexts. John co-authored a guide to participatory impact assessment and taught an online graduate course on impact measurement at Tufts.

Prior to joining the center, John worked in various capacities for the European Commission, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Food Program in the Horn of Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Feinstein Research Projects

Research and Capacity-building Support to the Nawiri Project

Nawiri is evidence-based development project to address acute malnutrition in northern Kenya. Catholic Relief Services leads a consortium in Isiolo and Marsabit counties and Feinstein provides research and capacity-building support.

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Growth, Health, and Governance, Karamoja, Uganda

This USAID-funded five year project (2012-2017) aims to improve livelihoods outcomes for the pastoral, agro-pastoral, and agrarian populations in the region.

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Feinstein Publications

Using participatory epidemiology to investigate the causes and seasonality of acute malnutrition in Marsabit and Isiolo counties, northern Kenya: methods and experiences
Cover of Report on Participatory Epidemology Methodology
By John Burns, Andy Catley, Hussein Mahmoud | September 2021

This report describes the methods used and experiences from a community-level analysis of the causes and seasonality malnutrition in selected locations in Marsabit and Isiolo counties in Kenya.

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Women’s knowledge on the seasonality and causes of child malnutrition in Isiolo county, Kenya
cover of report about child malnutrition in Isiolo county, northern Kenya

This report presents the results of a participatory analysis of the causes and seasonality of malnutrition in Borana children and mothers in Cherab and Chari wards in Isiolo county, Kenya.

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