Rose joined the Cenfri team in May 2016. She is part of the payments team, where her research focus is remittances and country-level financial sector diagnostics. Rose is co-authoring a research note series on the barriers to remittances in SSA. This note series aims to unpack the key cost drivers in the remittance industry, and understand what can be done to increase the flow of remittances through formal channels, within the region. She is also part of a team studying payment systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and how they can be improved to more efficiently facilitate cross border payments in the region. The purpose of this study is to inform national and regional guidelines on payment systems development.
Rose has also co-authored a diagnostic study of the Zambian financial sector, called “Making Access Possible (MAP) Zambia”. She was responsible for drafting and data analysis for two chapters of this report, which included a political economic overview of the Zambia, and an in-depth study of the Zambian payments sector.
Before joining Cenfri, Rose worked as a data quality control assistant for the National Income Dynamics Study, based in the Southern African Labour Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She was part of a team responsible for ensuring the quality and usability of South Africa’s first nationally representative panel study. Prior to this, she worked as a research intern at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), assisting on a pilot study on obesity and nutrition. She also worked as a research assistant within the UCT School of Economics, assisting with various research projects related to job search, assisting in compiling a database of real-time GDP data and assisting with the cleaning of the Manpower Survey Data to increase its usability. Rose has also tutored quantitative methods in economics to third-year students, as well as various SALDRU Stata courses within the UCT School of Economics.