Fred Ssewamala

Associate Professor
School of Social Service Administration

Fred Ssewamala’s current research focuses on asset-ownership development, financial management, and creating life options through economic empowerment and innovative financial inclusion models for orphaned and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also currently researching the acceptability and feasibility of economic empowerment interventions in poor African immigrant communities in the urban United States.

Ssewamala’s practice experience includes serving at the Red Cross (Uganda), where he acted in several programmatic positions related to designing projects and programs for poverty alleviation and community development, and at Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that assists low-to-moderate income individuals and families in becoming homeowners, accessing financial institutions, starting their own micro-businesses, and accumulating assets.

A former Ford Foundation Research Fellow, Ssewamala previously served as an associate professor of social work and international affairs at Columbia University and is the founding director of the International Center for Child Health and Asset Development. He received his MSW and PhD from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and a BA (honors) from Makerere University in Uganda.

Ssewamala joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.

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