Who we are

We are a Socio-Economic Research, Evaluation, and Leadership company that provides tools, training, and leadership consulting to help International Development Agencies, NGOs, and other development practitioners improve the effectiveness of their programs. We provide in-person consulting services as well as online training solutions. We incorporate research insights, including our own published research, to deliver a unique suite of tools and training that help practitioners design, deliver, evaluate, and communicate their work effectively. Our online courses deliver practical, results focused evaluation solutions that help development practitioners achieve sustainable, timely and cost effective outcomes. Our expertise in research, evaluation and policy analysis allow us to deliver a unique array of leadership development programs. We deliver training on strategic leadership and influence, team building, personal growth, innovative leadership and organizational resilience. Khaya Research Group is based in Edmonton, Canada and is comprised of consultants with extensive experience, having worked both in developed and developing countries, and published internationally recognized research.

Meet our team

Patrick V. Ndlovu, Lead Consultant 

Patrick has  extensive experience in research, evaluation, and leadership development. He has worked with international research institutions, academia, government and non-governmental organizations in various international development projects. He has vast experience in research, teaching, training and has been part of multi-stakeholder project partnerships funded by International Development Agencies such as the Department of International Development (DFID); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank, International Development Research Council (IDRC) and various Non-Governmental Organizations. He has contributed research and evaluation expertise in projects of several countries, including Canada, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, and India.

Patrick has led the design and administration of large research projects, including complex longitudinal surveys, as well as training of research teams and field officers doing evaluation work. He has published in internationally recognized academic journals on topics such as social cash transfers and intra-household resource allocation, gender and household food security, technical efficiency and agricultural technology adoption, and effectiveness of aid programs. In addition to his research and evaluation work, Patrick has taught University undergraduate courses in econometrics, linear modelling, and quantitative methods, at the University of Alberta, in Canada.

Patrick is passionate about doing work that gets utilized to foster long lasting development impacts. He has expertise in using research and analysis to provide expert advice to decision makers. Patrick provides expertise at the government level as a Senior Economist in Alberta, Canada. Patrick leverages his unique background to develop and deliver tools and training that are both reliable and relevant. Given the dynamics and challenges in development work and constraints in project and funding requirements, Patrick delivers training on strategic leadership and organizational resilience, to help development practitioners gain strategic influence and resilience.

Patrick’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters degree in Resource Economics from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is currently studying towards a PhD in Applied Economics. Patrick is the recipient of the Outstanding Masters Thesis Award (honorable mention) from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. Patrick also has additional training in project management, policy analysis, system of national accounts, gender based analysis, and information and privacy protection.

To get in touch with Patrick, you can email him at patrick@khayaresearchgroup.com

Patience Tshuma-Ndlovu, Research and Analytics Consultant

Patience has vast experience in research, evaluation, and leadership development. She has worked for multidisciplinary research and academic teams in Canada and internationally. Her educational background includes a first class honors degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Fort Hare, South Africa and a Master’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of Alberta, Canada. She also has a Data Science Certificate from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada.

Patience has a range of research and analysis experience, ranging from socioeconomic research to business analysis and data modelling. She has contributed to technical reports and academic journal papers and has been part of research projects aimed at improving livelihoods in developing countries. 

Patience is actively involved in community building initiatives, especially to help women develop their confidence and skills in entrepreneurship and in the workplace.

To get in touch with Patience, you can email her at patience@khayaresearchgroup.com

Research Associates

Our research associates are seasoned experts in Research and Evaluation with a proven track record for delivering results. They primarily have Masters or PhD level training in Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Sociology, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Statistics, Evaluation and Measurement. We work with our research associates on an individual project basis.