Elvis Melia

Function: Associate Researcher

Specialization: Political Science


The information corresponds to the status at the time of departure

since 10/2020 Rwanda Ministry of ICT and Innovation (via i4Policy & GIZ)
Consultancy, strategy: "The Technology Enabled Innovation Policy"
since 9/2020 Digital Skill Accelerator Africa (DSAA) (via GIZ)
Consultancy, strategy: "The role of DSAA in the digital transformation process of partner countries – case studies of Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, and Rwanda 
since 8/2020 Generation Kenya (via USAID)
Consultancy, strategy: "Towards developing an ICT / Digital / Technology-based learning platform in Kenya – a market sizing exercise"
since 5/2020 University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Social Sciences
Lecturer in International Relations and African Politics
2019 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Consultancy, online learning platform module "Governance for Growth," (part of the Academy for International Cooperation "Quality of Growth" educational platform)
2019 Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia (via Tony Blair Institute)
Consultancy, Strategy primer: "Ethiopia's Digital Transformation Strategy (Pathways for Prosperity pilot)"
2018-2019 Kenya Private Sector Alliance
Consultancy, Study: “The Constraints to Online Work in Kenya”
2017-2019 German Development Institute / Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Consultancy on digital-era jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa
2018 Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries
Consultancy, Study: “Industrialization Framework for Zimbabwe: Research Report”
2015-2016 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Consultancy, Study: “Rwanda’s Top 5 Off-Farm Sectors: A Strategy for Short-Term Industrial Policy”
2014-2015 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Consultancy, Study: “The Political Economy of Extractive Resources”
2013 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
Consultancy, Study: “Kenya’s Devolution in Action”
2009-2012 Universität Duisburg-Essen
Master-of-Arts in Internationale Beziehungen und Entwicklungspolitik 
2005-2009 Universität Duisburg-Essen
Bachelor-of-Arts in Politikwissenschaft

Refereed Publications

  • Altenburg, Tilman / Elvis Melia (2014)
    Kick-starting industrial transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa
    in: José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs / Irmgard Nübler / Richard Kozul-Wright (eds), Transforming economies: making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development, Geneva: International Labour Office, 355-378

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces