Start date with DI: February 2021
Where I am based: Accra, Ghana
What I do: I am an independent consultant providing analytical, planning, implementation and assessment services in disaster and crisis reduction, economic and sustainable development, and agriculture development and food security. My work supports DI’s regional hub in collaborating with partners in Africa working on reducing poverty and inequality and increasing resilience. I provide the regional office with expertise and skills in a broad range of areas, including country and sector development programming, development assistance management, project and programme analysis and design, public sector reform, civil society and private sector development, monitoring and evaluation, and development consultancy. I am also a clan traditional authority in Ghana and a member of Chatham House.
Previous experience: I have an MPhil in agricultural economics from the University of Ghana and over 40 years of professional experience. I was Senior Regional Advisor for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Africa, where I strengthened continental, regional and national capacities and practice for reducing, responding to and recovering from disaster risks. Among other strategies and policies, I developed the Africa Regional Strategy for DRR and Economic Community of West African States Policy for DRR. I also previously worked for USAID, developing programmes for post-crisis stabilisation and recovery in Ghana as well as economic, agricultural and social development in Lesotho. At the Crop Research Institute, I supported the implementation of new approaches to agriculture research and technology development in West Africa.