Within his role, Dr. Donyi is responsible for initiating and fostering strategic relationships and opportunities for collaboration with stakeholders, including implementing partner organizational reviews, due diligence and risk assessment, determining appropriate project benchmarks, placing of grants, overseeing project management, and monitoring and evaluation.
David also participated in the set up of the Northern Uganda Education Program where he collaborated with The Pincer Group International Limited and Sussex University to conduct a longitudinal study to measure the impact of the program.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, David was the Director of Democracy, Governance and Development at the Regional Associates for Community Initiatives. He worked to promote equitable development in the Great Lakes Region within the framework of government commitments.
David holds a Bachelor’s in Medicine and surgery from Makerere Medical School of Kampala, Uganda. David also completed his Master’s of Theological Studies with a concentration on Christian Faith and Public Policy, and a Master’s in International Development from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?
Because of the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the most vulnerable of our society. Not through handouts, but a hand up.
What book, film or quote has shaped the way you think?
“Nothing about us without us!” I first heard Lina Zedriga, a Ugandan female activist, so passionately rallying women listeners into action in 2009 as she struggled for representation at the decision-making table.
What brings you joy?
Who or what has inspired you to do the work that you do?
I received more that I had bargained for in my theology class. Reading ‘Blood Brothers’ by Elias Chacour demonstrated to me how callous self-interest decisions taken in high places can adversely influence the lives of millions of ordinary people who are actually trying to be helpful in a world we have chosen to make very complex. Juxtaposing that with the work and lives of prismatic figures like Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Anwar Sadat who dedicated their lives to righting wrongs through none-violence approaches showed me that it is not a lost cause to fight for justice. This new acquired lens inspired me to get involved in community mobilizing at the grassroots.