- TAPS fellow
Tererai Trent was born and raised in rural Zimbabwe, where sexism and poverty have kept women and girls in a disadvantaged position. The first 30 years of her life were a testament to the social and gender inequities experienced in many parts of the developing world. After years of hard work, educating herself and raising a family, Tererai came to the US, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in plant pathology.
Tererai then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to work at the headquarters of Heifer International as deputy director of planning and evaluation. Her work has taken her to five continents to document the impact of Heifer’s work around the world. With more than 15 years of international experience, Tererai brings together viewpoints from both the developing and developed world.
From 2005 to 2010, Tererai Trent was involved in a major impact assessment that spanned 30 countries worldwide led by Dr. Michael Scriven, an eminent scholar of international renown well known for his seminal contributions to the establishment of the logic of evaluation. She has conducted meta-analyses of multiple evaluations of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa with a special emphasis on implications for women and girls. The metaevaluations focused on major bilateral and multilateral agencies such as USAID, PEPFAR, the World Bank, UNAIDS, NORAD, and SIDA and their evaluation of HIV prevention practices in the region.
As a professional evaluator, Tererai draws upon multiple perspectives of evaluation theory and practice. Dr. Trent holds a PhD in interdisciplinary evaluation from Western Michigan University. Dr. Trent believes that “education is a fundamental human right that can free women and girls from the bondage of poverty which has resulted in high HIV/AIDS transmission among women.”
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Last modified: February 1, 2012