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David Githinji earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University in May, 2017. Dr. Githinji grew up in rural Kenya in an agricultural community that relied on subsistence farming. His passion for community work has led to a life of service in the areas of microfinance, Information and Communications Technology- (ICT) development, agriculture extension and youth mentorship.
Dr. Githinji studied for a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Nairobi and Master of Business Administration degree at Kenyatta University graduating in 1997 and 2008 respectively. His last assignment in Kenya was capacity building for the Digital Villages Program, which involved setting up ICT centers in rural Kenya to enable the underserved population to fully participate in the new information society.
Dr. Githinji earned his MSW from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. After settling in Saint Louis, Dr. Githinji founded the Dollar-A-Day initiative, a mentorship and asset building program that promotes savings among immigrant youth and low income families living in Saint Louis. The mentorship and savings initiative is meant to help low income families build a tangible stake in their future. David is multilingual and can speak English, Kiswahili and Kikuyu.
Dr. Githinji current research focuses on the Kenya Democratization Survey Project which was designed to measure societal support for various constitutional reform proposals, support for the government, and trust in the government more generally. The project attempts to measure the attitudes of Kenyan citizens on the democratization process and assess the interplay between ethnicity, attitudes on constitutional reform, the economy, and foreign influence in Kenya.