Co-PI: Elke de Buhr, PhD
Elke Johanna de Buhr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University. Her research focuses on the rights and protection of children, and the health and wellbeing of people of all ages. She has served as the monitoring/data collection specialist on the Tulane University team that oversaw the implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol and the efforts undertaken by the international cocoa/chocolate industry to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa sector in West Africa for the US Congress from 2006-11.
Since then, she continued her work on child labor with the World Bank developing a private sector child labor monitoring methodology and instrument for the production, harvest, processing and trade of agro-commodities. She also has been leading an external assessment of Fairtrade’s approach to child labor elimination in West African cocoa farming cooperatives in Ghana. Dr. Elke de Buhr has carried out several studies of OVC in the DRC. This research included an observational study of former child soldiers, street children, children accused of witchcraft, HIV/AIDS orphans, and child mothers in 2004. In 2005, she implemented a case-control study interviewing 420 orphaned children at 25 orphanages in Kinshasa, about half of them former street children, as well as 460 orphaned children who continue to live with family members. In 2009, Dr. de Buhr returned to Kinshasa to work for UNICEF on the development of child vulnerability criteria and minimum standards of care, support and protection. Dr. de Buhr has worked on projects financed by the US Department of Labor, CDC, UNDP, UNICEF, UN-OCHA, UNAIDS, the World Bank, Reprieve UK and the European Union, Fairtrade International (FLO), National Medical Foundation (NMF), World Vision International, and Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), among others. She is fluent in English, French and German.