Awal Mohammed is a Research Analyst and Team Leader for CDD-Ghana’s social accountability project interventions and programing and a coordinator for the Center’s SDGs advocacy desk. His research, program and policy advocacy work focuses on governmental transparency and accountability, citizen engagement, local government and decentralization reform, politics of public service delivery, cities and slum politics, and the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – in Ghana.
Mr. Mohammed’s research interest is in political accountability, politics of government service delivery, impact of decentralization reform on local/urban governance, politics of cities and slums and the role of the middle class in shaping political and social outcomes.
He holds a Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is Afrobarometer Summer School Scholar, Mo-Ibrahim Governance in Africa Scholar and a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Studies (IQSS), Harvard University, USA. Mr. Mohammed has published in peer-reviewed journals.
Abdulai Balaarah is a Programs Officer based at the Center’s Tamale Office in the Northern Region of Ghana and also serves as the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer for the OSIWA Social Accountability Project. He is a member of the Elections Team that coordinated the 2016 elections activities of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) in the three Regions of the north.
Balaarah has considerable experience in Security Sector Governance; Human Rights, Social Inclusion and Social Justice having worked with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations. Prior to joining CDD-Ghana, he had a stint with the local government service where he acted as the Development Planning and M&E Officer for many District Assemblies in Ghana.
He holds a Master of Science (MSC) Degree in Development Planning and Management from the University for Development Studies (UDS) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in Development Studies from the same University.
Barbara van Rijn works through the German International Cooperation (GIZ) as a Development Advisor/ Film Journalist at CDD-Ghana working on visualizing and explaining the projects and messages CDD needs to communicate in video, animation and photography.
Barbara started her career as a desk editor at a famous Dutch TV Program. Here, she moved her focus to Camera Journalism after which she gained most of her field experience at a communication company where she mainly produced corporate videos.
In 2009 she moved to Ghana where she started working at a regional community TV station. There, Barbara advised management on areas including, but not limited to, financial, technical and communication issues, and the conceptualization of new programs and content. She trained and managed teams, production crews and news teams.
Besides that, she makes her own short documentaries and kick-started a production branch in Ghana where she is the creative mind behind the corporate and educational videos and animations. In the past two years she has had extra schooling in the Netherlands on Directing, Documentary making and Producer TV programs.
Daniel Armah Attoh is a Senior Research Analyst and CDD-Ghana’s Research Team Leader. With over two decades’ experience in research project management, field research (both quantitative and qualitative), and data/statistical analyses, Daniel plays crucial roles in the conduct of the Center’s key research projects. He leads the recruitment, training, deployment and management of field research staff as well as fieldwork monitoring to ensure quality data.
Daniel, is also the Afrobarometer’s Core Partner (CP) Project Manager for Anglophone West Africa. In this capacity, he, together with other CP team members oversight and provide technical support for the Afrobarometer survey data collection and results dissemination in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia, as well as some Northern African (Morocco, Algeria, Sudan and Tunisia) and Lusophone (Cape Verde and Saõ Tome and Principe) countries.
Daniel holds a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) degree in Economics from the University of Cape Coast, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.) degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also holds International Diplomas in Advertising and Public Relations, as well as Sales Management and Marketing from the Cambridge International College (CIC), UK.
Edem Selormey was appointed to her position as Director of Research and Knowledge Management at the Center on February 1, 2018. A founding staff member of the Center, she was previously a Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Selormey is the Field Operations Manager (Anglophone West Africa, East Africa, and North Africa) for the Afrobarometer Network
A graduate of University of Sussex, United Kingdom, where she obtained a doctoral degree in development studies, Edem has substantial research experience in social accountability mechanisms in Ghana as well as on politics of development in Sub-Sahara Africa. She has lectured widely on her concept of mediated voice, media and political development.
Edem has consulted for the Making all Voices Count (MAVC) Project of the Institute of Development Studies and for the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, both in the United Kingdom. Between 2015 and 2017, Dr. Selormey served as an Alumni Advisory Committee Member for the Institute of Development Studies, UK. She was a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University in 2015 and a Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2002. Her publication “Rethinking Citizen Voice: The Case of Radio Call-Ins in Accra” introduced the concept of mediated voice.
Efua Idan Atadja is a communication practitioner with eight (8) years’ experience in the field. As the Communication Specialist for CDD-Ghana and with expertise in Public Relations, Journalism, Visual Concept Creation, Stakeholder Engagement, Issues Management and Social Media Management, Efua provides tailored communication strategies and support for all the Center’s projects and activities.
Prior to joining CDD-Ghana, Efua worked as the Media, Communication and Sponsorship Specialist for Lexta Ghana Limited, where she led the development and execution of strategic marketing communication plans geared towards increasing brand awareness and sales, as well as the development and implementation of the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. She also worked as a Senior Online Journalist with one of the leading radio stations in Ghana, Citi FM.
Efua holds a Master’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from the University of Cape Coast.
Dr. Franklin Oduro is Director of Programs and Deputy Executive Director of the Center. He has 15 years of experience in program development, research and advocacy in the area of democratization and governance, roughly a decade of that time spent with CDD-Ghana. Franklin has also worked with and consulted for the International Center for Transitional Justice (NY), the National Democratic Institute (D.C), and the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center (Accra, Ghana).
Dr. Oduro has extensive expertise in conflict resolution, peace building, and election management, and has worked on assuring election credibility both in Ghana and across West Africa. He has led training in Election Management for officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Management Bodies and helped to design Election Observation Training courses for the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center. He was a Member of the Electoral Reform Committee set up by Ghana's Electoral Commission in 2015.
Dr. Oduro holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he specialized in Policy Analysis/Public Affairs Management and Comparative Politics, and an M. Phil and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Ghana. He has lectured on politics and development at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, and at the Greenhill College of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
He is a member of the Governing Board of Good Governance Africa-West Africa Center, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), and CDD-Ghana. He is a Founding Member of the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA).
Ambassador Francis Tsegah is a Senior Fellow at CDD-Ghana with decades of experience in Diplomacy and Governance. Prior to joining the Center, Ambassador Tsegah worked for 35 years in the Foreign Service of the Republic of Ghana.
He has an LL. B and BL from the University of Ghana, Legon and the Ghana Law School, Makola respectively. He also obtained an LL.M from Harvard University. Ambassador Tsegah had also studied at the Europa Institute at the University of Amsterdam and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
In his capacity as a Research Analyst, Gildfred Boateng Asiamah provides research support to the Center’s work in social accountability, anti-corruption and governmental transparency, as well as democracy and governance. His areas of interest include, popular political participation in the governance processes at the local and national level.
Gildfred holds Master of Philosophy in Political Science (M. Phil) degree from University of Ghana, Legon and a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.) in Political Science from the same institution. He is currently a member of the Midwest Political Science Association.
Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh was appointed Executive Director of Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on February 1, 2018. He has been a member of the CDD-Ghana board since the Center was founded in 1998 and served as its first director of legal policy and governance and co-editor of its quarterly Democracy Watch from 2001 to 2003.
Kwasi was a member of the faculty of Seton Hall University School of Law (New Jersey, USA) from 2003 to 2015, securing tenure as a full professor in 2008. He was a visiting professor at GIMPA Law School (Accra) from 2010 to 2011 and has co-taught the “Constitution-Building in Africa” course at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, since 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, he served as constitutional adviser to the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, assisting the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference and the Constitution Drafting Commission to design and draft a new post-conflict constitution for the country. A 2011 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., Kwasi has consulted, lectured, and published widely on democratization, governance, and constitutionalism in Ghana and Africa.
Kwasi previously practiced law in Washington, D.C.; first, as an associate with O’Melveny & Myers LLP (1993-1998) and later with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton (1998-2001), both leading U.S.-based international law firms. A graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as Notes editor on the Yale Law Journal and an assistant-in-instruction, Kwasi also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University (Texas, USA) and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana. He is currently a member of the Ghana Law Reform Commission
John P. Frinjuah is a Research Analyst at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. His research lies in the intersection of democracy, governance, and security. Prior to CDD-Ghana, John worked as a development and security consultant in Washington D.C., and in Ghana where he supported and managed research, programs, and provided technical assistance on a variety of themes on development and governance. He is an alumnus of the University of Ghana and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University in the United States, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from two institutions respectively. John speaks English, French and a number of Ghanaian languages.
Johnson Oussale is an Audio Visual Assistant with CDD-Ghana. With expertise in photography, videography, editing, camera handling and graphics, he provides technical support to project teams by capturing and documenting their activities to enhance the work of the communication team.
He has a certificate in Information Technology (IT), Data Management, Server Admin and Networking from Certified Ghana.
In her capacity as Afrobarometer Communications Coordinator for Anglophone West Africa, Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye supports Afrobarometer’s communications activities in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia, as well as some Northern African (Morocco, Algeria, Sudan and Tunisia) and Lusophone (Cape Verde and Saõ Tome and Principe) countries.
Prior to joining CDD-Ghana, Josephine was the Public Relations Lead at Touchpoint Magna Carta, an event, media and reputation management agency, where she spearheaded the creation of several groundbreaking communication campaigns for multinational brands in the banking, telecommunications, energy, insurance and gaming industries. She is a bilingual communications practitioner, whose expertise includes media relations, brand communications, digital PR, community relations, issues and crisis management. A former journalist, she has a knack for writing compelling newsworthy stories and understands well the power of the right message delivered to the right audience at the right time.
She holds a Master’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of Ghana and is an Accredited Member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR).
Adu Kakra Duayeden is an Assistant Research Analyst with interest and expertise in data management, statistics, geographic information system and information technology (IT). Adu also doubles as the Data Quality Officer for Afrobarometer (Anglophone West Africa, including Cape Verde, Sao Tome & Principe; Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) and the Hewlett Data Center.
Adu have gained a wide range of experience through short courses, workshops and seminars within and outside Ghana, with strong abilities in areas of both qualitative and quantitative methods, which includes research analysis skills, among others.
In 2009/2010, he served as a Fredskorpset Fellow of IDASA (An African Democracy Institute) during which period he worked as a Research Officer at the Public Affairs and Parliamentary Support Trust in Zimbabwe. In 2012, he undertook short courses in data management at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX), University of California, San Diego, all in the United States of America, and UCT-CSSR Afrobarometer Summer School, in Cape Town.
Adu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Dr. Kojo Asante was appointed Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement on February 1, 2018. He was previously Senior Research Fellow and also once served as Head of Research and Programs at CDD-Ghana. A legal policy and governance specialist, Dr. Asante’s diverse range of interests and experience includes anti-corruption, social accountability, local government, human rights, natural resource governance, and the politics of development.
Among the portfolio of initiatives and projects he currently manages at CDD-Ghana is Corruption Watch Ghana, an anti-graft initiative that pools the resources and leverages the comparative strengths of CDD-Ghana, investigative journalism, and prime-time radio to mobilize and sustain public demand for official action to remedy or prosecute reported cases of public sector corruption.
Dr. Asante holds a Ph.D. in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (U.K.)., a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the State University of New York, Albany, NY, and a law degree from the University of Buckingham, U.K.
He was a Researcher at the Effective States and Inclusive Development Center at the University of Manchester and a Hewlett Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He has also consulted for Overseas Development Institute and Adam Smith International.
A champion of youth causes, Dr. Asante is a member of the Young Leaders Network of the Partnership with Africa project of President Horst Kohler, former President of Germany. He also volunteers and provides other free professional services for Youth Bridge Foundation, a youth-targeted NGO operating in Ghana and other countries in Africa, and serves as honorary Executive Vice Chair of Ntiamoah Foundation, a Ghanaian-funded charity that provides financial assistance for the education and health needs of poor and other marginalized persons in certain rural communities in Ghana.
A trained barrister, Dr. Asante is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the Bar of England and Wales, and the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn, England.
Lionel Osse Essima is a Research Analyst with CDD-Ghana and has interests in African development, African democracy and governance related matters especially, in the specific areas of transparency, accountability and institutionalism.
Since joining the Center in April 2018 under the Afrobarometer project as Research Assistant for Anglophone West Africa, Lionel has worked directly with research-based national partners of the Afrobarometer Network across the African continent by providing technical and administrative support to during in-country fieldwork research operations. Lionel is fluent in English and French and this bilingual capability has helped him to review the designing and the consistency in research questionnaires and reports from English to French and vice versa.
Lionel holds an MPhil in Political Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences both obtained at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Mavis Zupork Dome is a Research Analyst at CDD-Ghana. She is a trained governance and development specialist (I like expert) and policy analyst. Since joining the Center, she has worked on various research and social accountability projects and currently leads the Center’s team in developing the Ghana District League Table and creating awareness and advocacy on social development inequities.
Mavis holds a Master of Public Policy from the Michigan State University USA, a Master of Arts in Governance and Sustainable Development and a Certificate in Introduction to Survey Methods and their Application in International Settings, form University of Michigan, USA.
Mawusi Yaw Dumenu is a Research Analyst with CDD-Ghana, where he has supported with the successful implementation of the Center’s research projects on varying themes. His work revolves around the Centers thematic areas on elections, social accountability, service delivery and economic governance. He supported the Project Lead of the 2016 Elections project in coordinating pre-election, Election Day and post-election observation activities. Typically for the election day, he supported the recruitment, training and deployment of almost 8,000 observers.
Mawusi holds an M.Phil in Development Studies from the School for Development Studies in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from the same university.
Mildred Edinam Adzraku is a Research Analyst based at the Center’s Tamale Office in the Northern Region of Ghana. She works extensively on policy research, analyses and dissemination of findings through publications, roundtable discussions and engagement with relevant state and non-state actors to inform, educate and to support advocacy and stimulate policy reform on a wide range of issues such as democracy, governance, and economic development.
Some specific research and policy influencing projects she has been actively involved in include; Afrobarometer surveys, the 2016 pre-election surveys, decentralization and agricultural services surveys, informal food retail trade in Ghanaian cities, administrative services in Ghana survey, educating the public on voting on policy issues towards reducing vote buying in election 2016, District League Table (DLT), tracking the implementation of government flagship policy and programs such as Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program (IPEP), promoting social accountability through citizens participation in local governance, among others.
As a member of the gender and social inclusion team at CDD-Ghana, she works to advance political, economic and social opportunities for women in Ghana and addressing issues of discrimination and abuse towards women and marginalized groups.
Prior to her appointment at CDD-Ghana, she interned at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, during which I worked closely with Agricultural Value Chain Advisors in the design and implementation of agriculture value chains. This gave me hands-on experience and an understanding about the challenges of smallholder farmers and the need for policy reforms.
Mildred holds an M. Phil in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Development Studies from the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale.
In her capacity as an Assistant Communication Specialist and with expertise in publishing, Nana Ama Nartey is in charge of publishing CDD-Ghana’s several publications that give insightful and scholarly analysis of contemporary issues in governance and democratic development in Ghana, Africa and beyond. Nana Ama also manages the Center’s Resource Center which has a wide stock of literature and other materials for researchers, policymakers and scholars.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Publishing Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Newton Yaw Norviewu is an Assistant Research Analyst at CDD-Ghana. He is a statistician and a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist by training. Since joining the Center in 2014, he has designed methodologies for conducting public opinion surveys and developed appropriate monitoring and evaluation frameworks for projects in the areas of elections credibility enhancement, local government decentralization, education and governmental transparency and social accountability. He is an expert in managing Big Data and he serves as data manager for projects that are heavily reliant on data.
Newton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (Statistics option) from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Ghana and a Certificate in Project Evaluation for Democracy and Governance and Conflict Mitigation Projects from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Paul Nana Kwabena Aborampah Mensah is a Senior Programs Officer and Leader for the CDD-Ghana’s Local & Urban Governance and Security Sector Governance team. With his expertise in Local Governance, Decentralization, Social Accountability and Security, Aborampah Mensah has worked on several programs including the 2008, and the 2012 Elections Conflict Management Project, Ghana’s internal security issues including vigilantism, Media Literacy Project and many other projects that seek to ensure citizens participation and inclusion in governance.
Prior to joining CDD-Ghana in 2008, Aborampah Mensah worked with the Electoral Commission of Ghana, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana as a Teaching Assistant.
He holds an M-Phil degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with Sociology from the same University.
Paul is the Team Leader and Manager, CDD Northern Ghana office in Tamale. He leads CDD’s research and programs in Ghana's relatively underdeveloped regions in the north working with governance actors at the sub-national level to strengthen participatory governance, accountability, inclusive development and empowerment of civil society. His has expertise in decentralization, social policy, social accountability and elections. He also possesses capabilities and competencies in project management.
He joined CDD on a full-time basis in 2010 and has been involved in numerous projects at the Center including the District League Table (DLT) and the I AM AWARE (IAA) project, Gender, Civil Society Support Program (CSSP), and the Center's National and Local Government Elections program, among others. Paul has facilitated a number of research, conferences and roundtable discussions in northern Ghana. He is currently the Team Leader implementing an OSIWA funded four-year social accountability project implemented by CDD-Ghana in 20 districts across the country aimed at enhancing citizens’ capability to demand accountability and inclusion in the political and governance process. He has also served as Technical Advisor on decentralization to GIZ in northern Ghana where he coordinated technical and grant support to CSOs under the Civil Society Support Program.
Prior, to joining CDD-Ghana, Paul worked briefly with the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) as a Research Assistant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and a Post graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Ghana. He also holds various professional certificates from local and international organizations and has participated in a number of conferences and professional development programs in Ghana and beyond.
Regina Oforiwaa Amanfo-Tetteh is a Senior Programs Officer and the Team Leader for the Center’s Human Rights, Social Inclusion, and Social Justice; and Legislative Engagement. She is a program specialist with focus on legislative strengthening, human rights and social inclusion, focusing on rights of marginalized groups.
Regina has extensive experience in managing start-up projects and has led the organization of programs and activities for many of the Center’s new projects including, Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty (NOPOOR); Enhancing Transparency in African Parliaments: The African Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMOs); Promoting Civic Engagement on Constitutional Reform Processes; HIV and Human Rights Initiatives. She again implemented a UNAIDS sponsored project, advocating for HIV Anti-Stigma Legislation and Tracking Public Basic School Infrastructure to promote inclusion.
Regina led the first ever Post-Election Accountability Forums to empower citizens to demand accountability from duty bearers and has supported the Center’s projects in so many areas such as the promoting Non-Custodial Sentencing in Ghana and advocated for the passage of the Disability Act. She represents CDD-Ghana on the Open Government Partnership National Steering Committee and serve as the Parliamentary liaison for the Center.
Regina holds an M. Phil in Public Administration from the University of Bergen, Norway and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Rhoda Osei-Afful is a Research Analyst and Team Leader for Elections, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption at CDD-Ghana. Since joining the Center in 2011, she has worked extensively to support citizens’ mobilization and participation for credible and peaceful electoral outcomes in Ghana. She manages the programs and activities of Ghana’s largest and most formidable citizen observer group-the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) which is housed at CDD-Ghana.
During the highly-competitive 2016 and 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections of Ghana, Rhoda coordinated the recruitment, training and deployment of thousands of citizen election observers and managed an observation effort that contributed to transparent and credible electoral processes and outcomes for Ghana.
As the programs Team Lead for elections, she has supported various election programing and activities at CDD-Ghana. Beyond Ghana, Rhoda has provided technical support and shared election observation experiences with citizen election observer groups in Nigeria (2014/5, 2018) and Zambia (March 2018).
Osei-Afful also supports program design and implementation in diverse governance related fields including gender and inclusive political processes, governmental transparency and accountability, and rule of law and anti-corruption.
She holds an M. Phil in International Affairs and a BA in Sociology with Political Science from the University of Ghana. In 2014, she was selected as a Southern Voices Network Scholar by the US-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Africa Program) where she spent three months researching and writing on gender and political participation in Africa.
Rhoda has contributed in writing to a number of publications on elections, gender and political processes including youth participation in contemporary Ghanaian politics and electoral violence, political settlements and gendered policies, the increasing role of technology in elections in Africa, women’s inclusion in political processes in Africa, and political parties and the gender agenda in Africa’s young democracies.
Her areas of interests include elections and electoral participation, human rights, gender and inclusive development and anti-corruption efforts.
Samuel A. Baaye is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist at CDD-Ghana with over four (4) years’ experience in project/program management. Samuel plays a critical role in project/program design and implementation at the Center specifically, by providing key inputs in results framework, designing templates for data generation/collection, building partners capacity in M&E and commissioning evaluation on the Center’s projects. Samuel also play an oversight responsibility on the Monitoring and Evaluation function of Afrobarometer Project; one of CDD-Ghana’s flagship project implemented across 38 African countries.
Samuel holds a Master of Arts (M.A) degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, Legon as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.) degree in Economics from the same University. He also holds Certificates in Econometrics Methods for Policy Analysis and Public Financial Management from West Africa Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), as well as International Program for Development Evaluation and Training (IPDET) from the World Bank