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Dr. Rasheed Draman - Executive Director

Dr. Draman has been actively engaged in Institutional, Parliamentary, Public Financial Management, Evaluation and Governance issues for the past fifteen years.  He has carried out pioneering work with more than 30 Parliaments in Africa (including the Pan-African and ECOWAS Parliaments) and other Parliaments around the world.  In 2004, he set up the Parliamentary Centre’s Africa Office in Accra, Ghana; set up the African  Parliamentary Network on Poverty Reduction; and revived the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC) with Secretariat based in Accra.  Dr. Draman also set up the West African Association of Public Accounts Committees (WAAPAC) and currently hosts the Secretariat in Ghana. 

He conceptualized, developed and led the implementation of numerous multi-million dollar governance/parliamentary support projects; has conducted needs assessments of a number of Parliaments in Africa; helped a number of African Parliaments in their Strategic Planning; designed and delivered training to MPs and staff in the budget process; designed and delivered a number of training seminars for MPs on social accountability, financial oversight, oversight of the extractives sector and poverty reduction. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University and has taught courses on Development and Conflict at Carleton University and been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard University, Boston, MA. He has served as the Director of Africa Programs at the Parliamentary Centre between 2006 and 2013. He has also served as a Consultant for the Africa Branch and the Multilateral Programs Branch (Peacebuilding Unit) of the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development (formerly Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA). 


Ms. Agnes Titriku - Program Manager

Agnes Titriku has nine years’ experience of active engagement in the field of Parliamentary Democracy and Governance. She has been involved in the design and implementation of various programs for a number African Parliaments which focus on capacity building, institutional development, strategic planning, Parliamentary Oversight, Gender and poverty reduction. She has previously worked at the Parliamentary Centre, where she played an active role in a number of Parliamentary Strengthening programs which sought to increase and enhance the role of Parliaments in Public Financial Management, Oversight, Poverty and Social Issues. She served as the Gender focal person for the Parliamentary Centre's Africa parliamentary Strengthening Program for Budget Oversight (APSP), a program which supported the Parliaments of Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. She has also played a key role in helping Parliaments like those of Botswana and Kenya, adopt Performance Monitoring Social Accountability tools for their oversight work. She has also spent a year in the Parliament of Ghana, working with the Gender and Children Committee as an Assistant Clerk.

She holds an MA in Social Policy Studies and a BA in Psychology with English from the University of Ghana.


Dr. Rick Stapenhurst - Senior Associate (Public Financial Management and Budget Oversight)

Dr. Stapenhurst is currently a Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development and at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada where he teaches international business courses. He is currently leading two SSHRC-funded research projects, one examining Public Financial Management in Francophone countries and the other setting up a global network of parliamentary budget offices. Under his leadership, McGill University, in collaboration with development partners, has launched a university-certified Internationsal Executive Development Program for Parliamentary Staff.

Before joining McGill University, Dr. Stapenhurst worked for the World Bank from 1995 to 2013 where he led the World Bank Institute's Parliamentary Program.  Dr. Stapenhurst is without doubt one of the global leaders in Parliamentary Development and has more than 50 publications on various aspects of parliamentary development to his credit.


Dr. Anthony Tsekpo - Senior Associate (Public Financial Management and Budget Oversight)

Dr. Anthony Tsekpo is an experienced economist dedicated to improving efficiency and cost effectiveness in the management of public sector resources. He has given expression to his vision by devoting his energies to building the capacities of law makers responsible for oversight of the public purse and legislative staffers across Africa and beyond in the past 7 years. He has considerable experience teaching and researching public sector financial management and governance issues.  He is very skilled in conducting needs assessments, baseline studies and project and activity formulation for parliaments in the area of public financial management; training delivery for parliamentarians; facilitating exchange of experience between African parliaments; analysis of national budgets; and comparative research on budget processes in African countries. He has previously lectured at the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana - Legon as well as served as a Senior Budget Expert at the Parliamentary Centre, Accra, Ghana. At the Parliamentary Centre, Dr. Tsekpo managed and led the implementation of Projects funded by DFID, USAID and DFATD to support the Parliament of Ghana and other African Parliaments in Public Financial Management. Dr. Tsekpo holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bradford.


Hon SOULE ADAM Boucary Abou - Senior Associate (Public Financial Management and Budget Oversight - Francophone Parliaments)

Hon. Boucary AbouSoule Adam is an economist with over 20 years experience working in the fields of public finance, parliamentary development, institutional capacity development, gender budgeting and gender issues, anticorruption, community development and outreach, Parliament-Civil Society engagement, public policy evaluation, conflict prevention and mitigation. He has served as a Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the President in Benin as a Public Financial Management Expert. He has also served as a Parliamentarian (2 terms) in the Benin National Assembly and was the Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition, he served two terms as an MP in CIP-UEMOA.

His latest engagement before joining ACEPA was with the Parliamentary Centre, where he led the Francophone component of the Centre's Africa Parliamentary Strengthening Program for Budget Oversight - a five-year program that supported seven African Parliaments. His professional/educational background is as listed below:

  • Speciality degree on Structural adjustment and economic forecasts (1990 at Institut Internationale d’Administration Publique Paris)
  • Post graduate diploma in International development economy with honours (1987 at Université de Paris 1 – IEDES)
  • Masters degree in Economics (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies at Université de Picardie Amiens in France in 1987)
  • Maîtrise en droit at Université Nationale du Bénin in 1983

Mr. Issifu Lampo - Senior Associate (Governance, Budget and Social Accountability)

Issifu Lampo is a Governance and Accountability Specialist, and Civil Society Advocate and Trainer, with over 15 years of active engagement in Civil Society advocacy and capacity building, both internationally and in Ghana. He has MSc. Development Studies, South Bank University (London), 2002, and MA International Relations, Kiev State University (Kiev, Ukraine), 1988, BA International Relations, Kiev State University (Kiev, Ukraine), 1986.

In his professional career, he has been in the fore-front of planning and managing assignments related to Decentralization and Governance. He served as planning and economic development specialist on the DANIDA-funded District Assembly Capacity Building Project for the Volta and Upper West Regions; a trainer for district and sub-district development under the District Capacity Building Project funded by CIDA; and an M&E and Change Management specialist supporting the design and delivery of training modules for Members of Parliament from several African countries. Since 2001, he has  been actively involved in the development of training modules for strengthening NGO and civil society advocacy efforts, enabling them to apply participatory tools in engaging government and public policy reform. 

In the field of advocacy for Parliamentary democracy and governance, he has a wealth of experience gained from previously working with the Parliamentary Centre where he served as one of the lead specialists and trainers for Parliamentary oversight of poverty reduction through community-based monitoring of poverty and Change Management.  Under the ADA-funded African Parliamentarians' Poverty Reduction Network (APRN) and the CIDA-funded Africa Parliamentary Strengthening Program for Budget Oversight (APSP), he has been instrumental in creating platforms for CSOs-Parliament engagement in Ghana as well as other Parliaments across Africa.  He has also supported and trained civil society groups and public institutions on Change Management, the use of Social and Public Accountability tools for Monitoring and Evaluation of Poverty under the DFID-funded Social Accountability Fund. He also played a pivotal role in developing training modules in the use of participatory tools for social auditing, and served as a lead trainer for the staff of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) at the Institute of Local Government Studies. He has also coordinated and taught courses under a Trent University – Canada programme on international development and international relations.


Mr. Tuinese Edward Amuzu - Senior Associate (Legal and Legislative Affairs)

Tuinese Edward Amuzu has twelve (12) years of professional experience in the fields of law, access to justice, human rights and development. He was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Human Rights Law with distinction from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis in August 2006. He graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in June 1999. He holds a certificate to practice law in Ghana, awarded by the Ghana School of Law, Accra and was called to the Bar in Ghana in October 2001.  From January 2011 to January 2013, Mr. Amuzu was a Consultant for the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Cameroon Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) on human rights law and gender issues.

He is currently a Law Lecturer at the GIMPA Law School. He is also the Managing Consultant for Human Solutions Consulting, a private human rights, law and development firm. He is also a Consultant to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana on human rights. He has held positions as an assistant State Attorney for national service at the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ghana. He worked in private legal practice with Binewoatsor and Associates, a private law firm in Accra. Between June 2003 and Dec. 2010, he was the Legal Officer, Director of Legal Services, Associate Executive Director and Executive Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), Ghana, a non-governmental organization. He led the LRC to promote and strengthen parliamentary processes in Ghana through the preparation of Civic Input into bills, Tracking of Bills and Regulations, Research and Collaboration and the Partial Support to Private Member Bills.

In 2009, Mr. Amuzu was one of three Consultants for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana, evaluating the access to justice projects executed by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Legal Aid Scheme, the Judicial Service, the Prisons Service and the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Mr. Amuzu also served as a Consultant to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2006 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on human rights and human trafficking issues in 2005. He has led several legal teams to pursue human rights cases in courts in Ghana. In 2008, he served as legal counsel for over 630 Liberian Refugee women and children arrested by the Ministry of Interior in Ghana. He has led both in and out of court advocacy to respect voting rights of Ghanaian prisoners. He has represented clients at the Human Rights High Court, Accra litigating issues on administrative justice and the rights of local communities to participate in decisions affecting their health rights. 

Mr. Amuzu has written several papers and concept notes on human rights and access to justice. He has also conducted training for different categories of actors in the human rights and access to justice fields. This includes Judges of the Superior Court of Judicature, law enforcement personnel and members of parliament.


Mr. Danladi Saaka - Senior Associate (Finance and Administration)

Mr. Danladi Saaka is a Finance and Accounting professional with 15 years experience in financial management, investment appraisals, systems processes, strategic management decision making, risk management, financial modeling, and business support. He has demonstrated success in analyzing complex business issues in the public and private sectors to improve corporate profits and operational efficiencies. He also has experience in building finance functions during periods of institutional set-ups, growth, and reform. 

His key competences include implementing and improving financial management processes in public and private corporations, Government agencies, and Non-profit organizations. Very good business analysis, strong analytical skills in developing, implementing, and using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), financial review process, strong inter-personal relationships, and ability to negotiate and implement contract terms. His educational and professional qualifications are:

M.Sc. – (Finance & Accounting, De Mont Fort University, UK)

CA - (Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana)

CGA – (Certified General Accountants of Alberta, Canada)

ACCA – (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – UK)


Frank Adu – Program Officer

Frank Adu is a Program Officer at the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs where he plays a lead role in the implementation of the Parliamentary Component of the Public Financial Management Reforms Project. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.  He has over six years’ experience working in areas such as Public Finance, Monetary Economics, Trade, Natural Resource Development and Research. Prior to joining the Centre, Frank Adu worked at the African Center of Economic Transformation (ACET), a Pan African Institute based in Accra and Washington, as a research Assistant and later a Research Associate. His previous professional experiences also include work at K5 Financial Services, the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research in the University of Ghana, as well as consulting on many projects, for the World Bank, the GATE foundation, DFID, Pyxera Global, and the Ford Foundation.


Gifty Adika – Senior Governance Advisor

Mrs. Gifty Adika (nee Hanson) is currently a Senior Governance Advisor at ACEPA and a PhD candidate (Development Studies) at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape coast, Ghana.

Mrs Adika has expertise in governance and parliamentary development. Up until July 2014 Gifty Adika was the Regional Director and Team leader for the Parliamentary Centre, Africa Office. With over ten years working experience in the area of parliamentary development, Mrs. Adika worked closely with a team of staff to ensure quality of products and projects designed and implemented by the Parliamentary Centre, Accra Office. She was instrumental in the promotion and the use of innovative need-based approaches to the development of capacity enhancement initiatives for Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Staff aimed at strengthening parliamentary institutions. She has worked with a number of African parliaments including Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, and Zambia. Her work with Ghana Parliament dates back to 2001 supporting capacity enhancement initiatives on topical issues such as poverty reduction strategies, budgetary oversight and the extractives sector. She coordinates the development of new project proposals, annual project work plans and monitors successful implementation of projects.

Mrs Adika has additional expertise as a Lecturer in Information Management. For nine and half years (1995 to 2004), she was a full-time lecturer in Information Studies at the University of Ghana, and during this period she was a Fulbright Scholar (1997-1999).  Her area of interest in both teaching and research was Knowledge Management and Information Technology for Development. Courses Mrs Adika taught included Information Technology, Research Methods. She taught these courses at Diploma, First Degree, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Philosophy levels. She also coordinated research seminar series for MA students, supervised Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy student dissertations mostly on ICT and Information Management. She has worked as a Consultant for a number of organizations including CODE, IDEG, CSIR, UNESCO, UNECA and the World Bank.


Frank Agyire-Tettey, PhD – Associate

Frank Agyire-Tettey holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from The University of Nottingham, UK. He also holds B.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Economics from the University of Ghana. He is currently a full-time Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana where he has taught since October 2003. He has vast experience in teaching, having taught in schools across three different continents including Nottingham Trent University, UK and the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. Some of the courses taught include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Development Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Public Sector Economics, Energy Economics and Managerial Economics. As a researcher, he has extensive experience in providing advisory services to both public and private sectors in addressing a broad range of socio-economic policies and business challenges. His experience working with Public Sector institutions in Ghana includes work with the Ministry of Finance, National Development Planning Commission, and the Parliament of Ghana. Dr. Agyire-Tettey has also undertaken research in collaboration with the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) for the World Bank Project on Private Sector Development Review for Ghana. Additionally, he has worked with the Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) in collaboration with the Oxford Policy Management. He has also conducted is research outside Ghana. He has collaborated with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) to conduct studies in Burkina Faso and Mali on Technological Upscaling for Farmers.


Michael Ohene Effah - Associate

Michael Ohene Effah is an International Development, Governance and Communications Consultant with more than 18 years’ experience in private sector, diplomatic and international development work, 10 years of which was in senior and strategic management roles. He has expertise in Programme design, development and implementation, with a multiplicity of implementing partners. Proven experience in conducting annual, mid-term, project completion reviews and monitoring and evaluation. He is well versed in Communication planning (writing, speaking, and media relations). He has demonstrated skills in the planning, organisation and facilitation of trainings and workshops, with more than 15 years' experience in training development and delivery and motivation. He is a dynamic author, speaker, trainer, and presenter; skilled in employing clarity, innovation, and humour to deliver effective presentations to diverse audiences at all organizational levels.

Mr. Ohene Effah has served as a Strategic Governance Adviser to STAR-Ghana, a multi- donor pooled funding mechanism (Funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID) to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery. He has led the design and implementation of a number of donor-funded programmes including £6.3million electoral support programme in 2012; £9.5million support programme for oil and gas impacted communities in the Western region of Ghana, aimed at local economic development of the nascent oil-producing region of Ghana; a £900,000 electoral support project for the UK’s electoral support for Ghana in 2008 as well as anti-corruption and deepening democracy programmes. He has facilitated over 300 public and implant seminars and workshops for private and public organizations such as Ghana’s Parliament, Environmental Protection Agency, AMSCO, British Council, UT Bank, ADB etc. 

Mr. Ohene Effah holds an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana.


Alfred Kuma – Associate

Mr. Alfred Kuma is an effective, highly motivated and experienced professional with fifteen years’ development practice experience including training, research, evaluation, leadership and management responsibilities. With over six years in senior management positions, leading social development programming, partnership development and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation in a range of countries across Africa. He has worked with major international development organizations and on important children, youth and women focused projects in the education, livelihood and governance and participations sectors. He has also lead projects for Persons with Disabilities and their organizations. He has influenced and supported the organization-wide policy and strategy on partnerships, results management and reporting, learning and staff development.   Mr. Kuma continues to provide technical support to programmes and teams in project design and implementation, research, monitoring, evaluation, change management, quality assurance and strategy development. He is an assuming leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills, able to multi-task and manage competing priorities, results-driven and a very collaborative worker. He is well organized and methodical in tasks and process. His personal interests lie in social accountability and promoting citizen’s voice and aspiration.  A good team player and strategic thinker, very pragmatic at tasks and responsibilities and works well with partners, colleagues and external practitioners.  

Mr. Kuma holds a Master of Philosophy in Social Change (Development Studies) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has worked with local and international organizations including VSO International, UN Volunteer, IBIS West Africa, IBIS Ghana, Gender Development Institute, Ghana and African Centre for Human Development. 

Events
15 to 16 May, 2017
Workshop for Committee Chairpersons and staff of the Parliament of Botswana
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13 to 14 March, 2017
INASP Learning Exchange Meeting
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07 to 10 March, 2017
Training for Office of Opposition, Parliament of Uganda
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