Youdi Schipper

Youdi Schipper

  • Senior Researcher Economics
  • Research Manager, Twaweza
  • Assistant Professor, School of Business & Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dr. Youdi Schipper is a research economist and manager in the fields of education reform and impact evaluation. He currently manages the Twaweza KiuFunza randomized control trial (RCT), which evaluates the learning impact of a teacher incentive program in Tanzanian primary schools. He is part of the Tanzania Country Research Team in the DFID funded RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education) program. He works part-time as a Senior Researcher on quantitative impact evaluations at the Amsterdam Institute for International Development.

In 2012, Schipper and his team at Twaweza, Tanzania, set up Sauti za Wananchi, the first nation-wide mobile phone panel survey in Africa. Sauti is regarded as an independent and high-quality polling institute whose reports regularly influence national debates. Sauti has expanded to Kenya in 2016 and will start in Uganda in 2018.


Mobile Phone Panel Surveys in Developing Countries : A Practical Guide for Microdata Collection.
Dabalen, Andrew; Etang, Alvin; Hoogeveen, Johannes; Mushi, Elvis; Schipper, Youdi; von Engelhardt, Johannes. 2016.
Directions in Development–Poverty. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Can your child read and count? Measuring learning outcomes in East Africa.
Jones, Sam, Youdi Schipper, Sara Ruto and Rakesh Rajani (2014).
Journal of African Economies, 23(5), 643-672.

Pumps, germs and storage: the impact of improved water containers on water quality and health.
Isabel Guenther and Youdi Schipper (2013).
Health Economics, 22(7):757-74.