François Niragire is a cohort 1 CARTA PhD fellow registered at the department of applied statistics, School of Economics, University of Rwanda (UR). His PhD research topic is: Spatial modelling of the relationship between HIV prevalence and determinants of child mortality in Rwanda. His research interests are in child health, education and employment.
He is a lecturer of applied statistics at the same department teaching modules of statistics and research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is an active researcher on maternal and child health, and economics of education. He recently published research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as PLoS One, Global Health Action, and Journal of Education and Work. He is interested in the analysis of big data in order to provide the evidence required for efficient policy and decision making.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Social Statistics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics from the National University of Rwanda, Rwanda. François Niragire also involves in consultancy activities with diversified clients including public, private institutions, and NGOs. François strives to transform data into useful information and believes that computer programming is a key to the analysis of big data.
He is serving in a team in charge of establishing the African Center of Excellence in Data Sciences (ACE-DS) at the University of Rwanda.