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Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) invites applications from qualified persons for its newly launched Democracy and Development Fellows program. CDD-Ghana is a non-governmental, not-for-profit think tank that aims and works, through its programs, research, and advocacy, to promote and deepen democratic consolidation, good governance, and inclusive growth and development in Ghana and Africa. Established in 1998, CDD-Ghana currently has a staff of 50 and two offices in Ghana; one in Accra, the other in Tamale. The Center is organized into four operational areas (programs; research and knowledge management; advocacy and policy engagement; and finance and administration), each led by a director.  All four directors report to the Executive Director, who is the Center’s chief executive officer. At the apex of the governance structure is a board of directors, comprising mostly outside directors.  


The CDD-Ghana Democracy and Development Fellows Program

The CDD-Ghana Democracy and Development (D & D) Fellows Program is designed to bring on board, for periods ranging from three months (short-term) to two years (long-term), scholars, researchers, consultants, and expert-practitioners, whether based in Ghana or in the diaspora, whose current subject matter or sectoral area of interest, specialty, and expertise overlaps CDD’s policy, research and programmatic focus and interest and who are interested in collaborating with CDD to influence policy processes and outcomes through research as well as work to pursue other common interests. Currently, CDD-Ghana has D & D Fellow slots open in a range of research and policy fields, including: health; education; urban governance; social protection; public financial management; public procurement; public corporate governance; natural resource governance; fiscal decentralization; public sector reform; gender and women’s empowerment; energy policy; public law and justice; party and campaign finance; youth policy; private sector development; technology and innovation; and sustainable agriculture and agri-business. 


D & D Fellows will not be in the employ of CDD-Ghana, but will be entitled to institutional privileges such as public affiliation with CDD-Ghana, as-needed access to and use of CDD-Ghana office space and internet facilities, research and administrative support, and preferential participation in relevant programs and projects of the Center. Where there is dedicated funding or sponsorship for a specific Fellow or fellowship area, the designated Fellow will receive a modest stipend.  Fellows will be expected to lead one or more public roundtables or lectures in their area of expertise and publish under the banner of CDD-Ghana, at least once a year, a substantial policy paper on a topic to be agreed with CDD-Ghana. 


Applications are especially encouraged from women researchers, academics, and practitioners. 

Interested persons should send their CVs, indicating their areas of interest, via e-mail to or hand-delivered and addressed to:


The Executive Director

Ghana Center for Democratic Development

No. 95 Nortei Ababio Loop, Airport Residential Area