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Takondwa Musa, born and raised in Malawi, is a PhD student in the Department of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill. His current work focuses on assessing the impacts of unconditional cash transfers targeted at ultra-poor households in Sub-Saharan Africa. Takondwa earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Prior to entering the Public Policy PhD program, he was a Ronald E. McNair fellow. Takondwa also worked as a research assistant in the school of social work at Rutgers University. Takondwa is interested in applying concepts from microeconomics and program evaluation to study the impacts of social protection programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income settings.