Edem Agbe is the Managing Director of Participatory Development Associates (PDA). Edem is an experienced development practitioner with professional experience in the fields of community development, research, monitoring and evaluation, project management policy analysis, financial inclusion and organisation development. Prior to his appointment as the Managing Director, Edem worked as the Ghana country coordinator for the Youth Forward initiative Learning Partnership led by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Participatory Development Associates (PDA) and Development Research and Training (DRT), Uganda. The Youth Forward initiative is in partnership with MasterCard Foundation and is being implemented by 28 organisations in Ghana and Uganda to create sustainable employment and economic opportunities for youth in Construction and Agriculture sectors.
Edem has also worked as an advisor and team member in the management, research, monitoring and evaluation of a number of large multi-faceted projects in Ghana, including those funded by the MasterCard Foundation, DFID, USAID, African Union, UNESCO and the Rural Support and Programme Network (RPSN). Edem holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER, University of Ghana Legon and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Ghana. He is also an Associate Chartered Economist (ACE).
Deputy Managing Director
HELEN NTI (Deputy Managing Director)
Helen is the Deputy Managing Director of PDA and was one of PDA’s first employees, joining the organisation in 2001. She joined the Board in September 2012. Helen has worked for PDA for 15 years, serving as Administrative and Finance Manager before assuming her current role in August 2016. Since joining PDA in 2001, she has played an integral role in the finance, human resource and administrative functions of the organisation. Helen is currently based in PDA’s Kumasi office and is in charge of managing the administrative and financial issues of the company’s Accra and Kumasi offices. She also has an oversight responsibility over the management of PDA enterprises. Helen holds an MA in Human Resource Management and a B. Ed Arts from the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
Research, Evaluation and Learning Manager
CLEMENT SEFA-NYARKO (Research, Evaluation and Learning Manager)
Before joining the PDA team as Research Manager in August 2015, Clement has been involved in a number of security-related research activities. As consultant for the African Leadership Centre he provided research and advisory services in an IDRC-funded assessment of Kenya’s post-election violence and potential prospects for sustainable peace. He presented papers in a number of international conferences, the latest of which was the European Conference for African Studies (ECAS), in Paris in July 2015.
He also presented a paper on the creation of collective memory in post-conflict societies at the international Summer School at the George Eckert Institute of international Textbook Research in Germany. Clement worked as a visiting scholar at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town, where he was involved in archival search to appraise security sector reforms in post-apartheid South Africa.
He has won a number of fellowships and scholarships. Prior to his engagement in conflict and security discourses, he assisted in other research activities, including anthropological and gender-based research at the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (TICSS) in Tamale. He completed a second Master of Arts at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana whilst his first Master of Arts was in Conflict, Security and Development, obtained at King’s College London, University of London. He is located in the Accra office.
ALEXANDER AFRAM (Programme Coordinator)
ALEXANDER AFRAM (Programme Coordinator)
Alex has 5 years local and international experience in research and consultancy in development related assignments focusing on poverty reduction, decentralisation, education, health and climate change. He combines both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is familiar with the use of statistical/analytical tools such as SPSS, STATA, and NVivo.
Since joining PDA in November 2016, Alex has successfully worked on many research and evaluation projects, including Root Capital’s Impact Evaluation of Agribusiness Enterprises in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Challenging Height’s Child Forced Early Marriage in fishing communities in Ghana, University of Bath’s Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP) in the Upper West region of Ghana, British Council’s Connecting Classrooms 3 evaluation in Ghana and Free The Slaves’ Growing Up Free baseline evaluation in fishing communities in Ghana.
Before joining PDA, Alex also worked in a consortium for Action Aid in the UK and contributed to developing an assessment methodology for climate change-induced loss and damage in South East Asia-Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. Alex holds MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK and BA in Geography and Rural Development from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He is a Standard Bank, Derek Cooper Scholar and Leadership Fellow and a One Young World Global Ambassador.
Assistant Programmes Coordinator, REL
RAYMOND HODOR (Assistant Programmes Coordinator, REL)
Raymond has many years of experience in the development space, particularly in research, monitoring and evaluations. His areas of expertise cut across monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), impact assessment, mixed method, facilitation, CAPI design, data management, programming and dashboard creation. Raymond is conversant with the use of statistical/analytical software such as Stata, SPSS, R, Minitab, Microsoft Excel, MAXQDA, NVivo, Power BI and Tableau.
Raymond leads and coordinates projects in the Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) unit at Participatory Development Associate (PDA). He has worked in various sectors (education, agriculture, financial inclusion, social accountability, health etc) with local and international partners which include but not limited to AfriKids-Ghana, Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Bath, UNICEF, Tony’s Chocoloney, EdTech Hub and Mastercard Foundation. Raymond holds a bachelor degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from University of Ghana Legon.
Senior Project Officer, REL
VICTORIA AMPIAH (Senior Project Officer, REL)
Victoria is a Senior Project Officer at Participatory Development Associates (PDA) Ltd with 4 years’ experience in both qualitative and quantitative research in areas such as community development, education, health, child protection and livelihood empowerment. Victoria has collaborated and also led teams to develop research protocols, train field enumerators, and coordinated data collection, cleaning, analysis and report writing.
Her research expertise includes conducting in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, Key Informant interviews and surveys across different socio-economic settings with a focus on women and children. She is familiar with the use of statistical/analytical tools such as SPSS, MAXQDA and NVivo. Victoria is passionate about issues concerning community development, poverty alleviation, women and child health, gender equality and social inclusion, organizational safeguarding, livelihood empowerment of young people and marginalized groups. She has been involved in consultancy services for various institutions including: MasterCard Foundation, Free the Slaves (FTS), Tony’s Chocoloney, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), British Council, Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), University of Sheffield (UK), Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Callund Limited.
Victoria holds an MPhil Sociology and B.A Sociology and Social Work degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
GADDIEL MENSAH YAMOAH
Project Officer, Advocacy and Communications
GADDIEL MENSAH YAMOAH (Project Officer, Advocacy and Communications)
Gaddiel Mensah Yamoah, Project Officer with the Advocacy and Communications Unit is a Communication Designer who for the past years developed his potential not only in creating visual concepts by hand alone but also with computer related software to convey ideas that will inspire and also captivate clients. His produce includes developing layouts, Audio and Video advertisement, brochures magazines, corporate reports and other related designs.
He is professionally trained as a multimedia person under the Communication Design department of the Faculty of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST. He has a great sense of creating motion graphics, handling both photography and videography, professional editing and also creating interactive User Interface for websites.
ERNEST ADU OWUSU
Senior Project Officer, REL
ERNEST ADU OWUSU (Project Officer, REL)
Ernest is a Senior project officer with the Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit with vast experience in research and proven expertise in data management and analysis. He is proficient in the use of statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS for data management and analysis, and Open Data Kit (ODK) for survey design. He also has experience in using MAXQDA for qualitative data analysis.
Ernest served as a Research Assistant on the Cities and Climate Change Project carried out by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana, Legon in 2018, where he handled quantitative data analysis for the project’s district-level dissemination and data management for scientists on the project. Since joining PDA in September 2019, he has provided technical support on a number of projects, including assisting with the formative evaluation of the IDH-GAIN’s Cocoa Nutrition Innovation intervention in cocoa growing communities in Ghana, Tony’s Chocoloney Needs Assessment among others. In addition, Ernest has programmed a number of tools such as IDH’s Cocoa Nutrition initiative monitoring tool for data collection in Cote d’Ivoire and UNICEF’s child protection assessment in Ghana, among others. Ernest holds both an MPhil and a BA in Economics from the University of Ghana.
Senior Project Officer, REL
LUCY OFORI-DAVIS (Senior Project Officer, REL)
Lucy is a Senior Project Officer with the Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit. Since joining PDA in September 2019, she has been involved in a number of research and evaluation projects including the University of Bath’s Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP) Study, Root Capital’s Evaluation of Agribusiness Enterprises that Link Smallholder Farmers to Markets and Euromonitor’s Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa Research.
Prior to joining PDA, Lucy worked as research assistant on internationally funded projects with the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon and an IDRC funded project in collaboration with the University of Ghana. She served as a teaching and research assistant in the 2015/2016 academic year with the Department of Economics, KNUST. She is able to combine both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is conversant with the use of STATA and SPSS, with expertise in data collection, cleaning and analysis.
Lucy holds an MPhil in Economics and a BA in Economics both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
SETH KWADWO OPPONG
Project Officer, ACU
SETH KWADWO OPPONG (Project Officer, ACU)
Seth is a hardworking and a goal oriented person who hopes to achieve perfection in whatever he does. He is with the Advocacy and Communications Unit (ACU) in PDA holding a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
He is an open minded person with a lot of great professional skills in handling multimedia tasks in terms of Video production, photography, 3D and 2D animation, sound editing and a little background in website design. He is a great team player who respects and works smoothly with everyone.
He is a Positive Activism Activists who believes that with a little more guidance, encouragement and tolerance, even the most negative person can become a better person.
Senior Finance Officer
VICTORIA AMPAH (Senior Finance Officer)
Victoria is an HND holder (accounting option) from Cape Coast Polytechnic and is currently pursuing a degree programme in Commerce at the University of Cape Coast (UCC). She is presently the Senior Finance Officer at PDA, after having joined the organisation in August 2008 as National Service personnel. She is mainly responsible for maintaining accurate financial data and reporting on PDA and all project activities. She also maintains accurate and up-to-date financial filing and book keeping of all accounting records. She is based in the Kumasi Office.
CHRIS EMPSON YEBOAH (C.A.)
Senior Finance Officer
CHRIS EMPSON YEBOAH (C.A.) (Senior Finance Officer)
Chris joined PDA as a service person in August, 2016 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science and Communication (BSc) in Accounting at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA). He is also a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG). He championed his group project work as a group leader for the award of the BSc. certificate. Chris also worked with ICAG as an intern at the Finance Department. He has also worked as a Logistic Personnel at Mayfair Estate Dev’t Ltd. He has an extensive background and knowledge in Accounting.
Chris currently works under the Finance and Administration Unit of PDA as an Senior Finance Officer. He performs supervisory roles for the team. He is also responsible for assisting in the preparation of financial statements and other assigned duties. Chris is much focused, results-oriented, proactive and has a lot of ambitions for common goal achievements. He loves to take advantage of new opportunities as well as new challenges.
Andrews is an Assistant Project Officer in PDA. Before joining PDA in July 2018, Andrews worked with CHE GHANA, a non-governmental Christian organization focused on community and church-based development programs, from 2004 to 2011. He also had a contract with Optimal Change Partnership (OCP) on a VSLA Project in 2015.
Andrews holds a Diploma in Community Development from Rural Development College in Kwaso, and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development at the College for Community and Organizational Development (CCOD) in Sunyani.
PATRICK ASIHENE DWAMENA
Assistant Project Officer
PATRICK ASIHENE DWAMENA (Assistant Project Officer)
Patrick Asihene Dwamena is an assistant project officer of Participatory Development Associates (PDA) on Integrated Village Saving & Loans Association with Gender Action Learning System (GALS) components project.
An experienced development practitioner with an appreciable knowledge in field activities (Community Development). Before joining the PDA team as a field officer in July 2018, Patrick worked with Care International (International NGO) and Optimal Change Partnership (Local NGO) in similar projects.
Patrick holds an HND in Journalism and Marketing from Institute of Business Management & Journalism (IBM&J) in Kumasi.
KWAKU ABORAH JUNIOR
KWAKU ABORAH JUNIOR (IT Assistant)
Junior joined PDA in November 2010. He holds a Diploma in P.C System Technology (Hardware & Software), a Professional Diploma in Software Engineering and is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering. Junior works at PDA’s Secretarial Support Unit as a Graphic Designer and also assists the administrative officer in issues relating to IT.
Secretarial Support Personnel
STELLA TAKYI (Secretarial Support Personnel)
Stella joined PDA in November 2000 as a part time worker. She holds an NVTI certificate in Secretarialship. Prior to joining PDA, She worked at Catholic Graduate for Action (CAGA) as professional secretarial personnel. She is currently works at PDA’s Secretarial Support Unit as a full time secretarial support personnel and oversees the daily up keep of the PSS office in Kumasi,Tech- Junction.
Assistant Finance and Administrative Officer
GODSWAY DZATO (Assistant Finance and Administrative Officer)
Godsway is a self-motivated worker and a good team player, ready to learn and undertake assignments to achieve expected results. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana where he studied Bsc. in Administration (Accounting option). He has worked with PDA as an associate, intern and a National Service Personnel. Godsway currently works as an Assistant for the Finance and Administration unit. He is responsible for bank transactions, assisting in the preparation of financial statements and project financial reports, pre- auditing retirement, petty cash and expense claims; working on the companies financials through the Quickbooks software. He is one that believes in positivity and smart-work.
Assistant Administrative Officer
BREH JIMAH (Assistant Administrative Officer)
Jimah worked with PDA for about six years as a Logistics Assistant from June, 2007 to 2012 before taking a leave. He re-joined the team again on June 1st 2015. He currently provides logistical support for administrative and programmes staff. He also sees to the records of movement, maintenance and road-worthiness of the vehicles in the Kumasi office.
CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYE
Assistant Administrative Officer
CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYE (Assistant Administrative Officer)
Charles joined PDA in August 2009. He manages program logistics and provides general administrative and programmatic support to PDA Accra staff. He is also the head driver at PDA’s Accra office. He maintains inventory of office supplies, monitors the use of vehicles and also serves as a translator and assists in community entry during PDA field research.
PETER ANNOR MENSAH
Assistant Project Officer, ACU
PETER ANNOR MENSAH (Assistant Project Officer, ACU)
Peter joined PDA as an intern in March 2018, and later became a full-time staff member in 2020. Prior to joining PDA, Peter worked with the Bureau of Market and Social Research (MSR) as a Research Associate, where he participated in a number of projects from MTN Ghana Ltd., Petrosol, Airtel-Tigo, Fan Milk Ghana, and OLAM, which helped him develop a great deal of interest in research and advocacy.
Since he joined PDA, Peter has been involved in a number of projects including Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Forward Initiative, Public Sector Watch Initiative funded by STAR Ghana Foundation, and he is the lead person on PDA’s child abuse tracking. His interest spans in areas of development research and policy analysis, youth development, rural and community development, and child protection.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with Sociology from the University of Ghana.
Senior Project Officer
ASEDA MENSAH ( Senior Project Officer)
Aseda currently serves as a senior project officer in PDA. After completing her undergraduate studies in Marketing and E-Commerce at the University of Ghana Business School and doing her national service, she spent a year of internship with Participatory Development Associates in 2016-2017. In this period, she participated in a number of study evaluation projects including Free the Slaves’ Growing Up Free (GUF) project and British Councils’ Connecting Classroom 3 evaluation project. She then returned to finish an MPhil in Marketing from the University of Ghana (Legon), and work as both a graduate and teaching assistant in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ghana Business School. Her experiences in academia strengthened her exposure to teaching and qualitative and quantitative research especially in the areas of marketing, entrepreneurship, and business administration in general. She later worked for a few years in a Christian not-for-profit organisation as the Digital and Media Manager.
She is committed to social entrepreneurship, and strives to live and work with a personal ethos of integrity, hard work, and professionalism as she seeks to play a meaningful role in impacting vulnerable individuals and communities.
Senior Project Officer
DAVID ESHUN ( Senior Project Officer)
David is a Senior Project Officer and coordinates the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and other financial inclusion projects of Participatory Development Associates (PDA) in Ghana and other African countries. He facilitates gender empowerment training using Gender Action and Learning Systems (GALS) methodology and participated in a Gender refresher training by World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). He is experienced in managing community development and child labour remediation projects.
Before joining PDA, David worked as a Field Credit Officer with the Microfinance Department of Nyakrom Rural Bank Ltd. He has an experience in managing Agroforestry projects notable among them is the National Forest Plantation Development Programme and is passionate about Sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy and environmental protection. He has completed a Massive Open Online Course on National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture and has been trained in Forest Plantation Development and Management.
David has an MSc degree in Economics (Energy and Natural Resource Economics) and a BSc degree in Natural Resources Management both from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has co-authored a journal article in the Indian Academy of Wood Science Journal.
LOUIS AHOIN MENSAH
LOUIS AHOIN MENSAH (Field Officer)
Louis is a hardworking and committed young man who believes that every ordinary person is capable of becoming extraordinary through capacity building.
Louis joined PDA in March 2021 as a field officer on the Nyonkopa Child Labour Remediation Project.
Before assuming the position as a field officer, Louis had worked with PDA as a Research Associate on the Youth Forward Project, and taught as a classroom teacher at Saviour Educational Complex. He also worked with Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) as a community facilitator, district data entry clerk and a district Youth Savings and Loans Association (YSLA) coordinator on the MASO project.
Louis is currently a Level 300 student pursuing a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in Basic Education at the University of Education, Winneba through the distance learning programme. He is very passionate about the development of young people and climate change.
ARNOLD KWESI BEDIAKO
Assistant Programmes Coordinator, REL
ARNOLD KWESI BEDIAKO (Assistant Programmes Coordinator, REL)
He is a Research, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning and a WASH Practitioner. He has over 5 years of working experience in development practice particularly in research, monitoring and evaluation as well as the WASH sector.
In recent times, Arnold has been involved in several assessments including research and impact evaluations for different clients such as Mastercard Foundation, World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, African Development Bank among others. Among such projects include Rapid Assessment of Mastercard Foundation’s Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery Programs in Ghana; Evaluation of Community Led Total Sanitation program in selected communities in Central Region; Baseline Studies under Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement Project; Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) studies under the GAMA Sanitation and Water supply project; and Beyond Beans’ Community Needs Assessment in Juaso and Konongo Districts. Arnold has also worked with various vulnerable groups including children, women and youth through implementation of livelihood interventions. He has deep knowledge of Participatory Appraisal approaches and has played leading role in building capacities at the national, district and community levels. He has competencies in stakeholder engagements and analysis, project planning, implementation and coordination as well as the use of Statistical and data management Apps such as SPSS, KOBO/ODK and Insyt. He holds an Mphil in Development studies and Bsc in Psychology.
BASHIRU SEIDU (Field Officer)
He is an open minded person with a keen interest in teamwork, who believes that participation is a great tool for the achievement of predetermined goals.
He joined PDA in April 2021 as a field officer on the Barry Callebaut Nyonkopa Child Labor Remediation Program. He has since then successfully helped the team achieve many targets ranging from the creation and management of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), helping communities to develop Community Action Plans (CAP), and managing over 800 child labor cases across 5 administrative districts in Ghana.
He completed a community-driven University, the University for Development Studies (UDS), where he studied and obtained a Bachelor of Art in Integrated Management Studies.
PRINCE AMANKWAH PEPRAH
PRINCE AMANKWAH PEPRAH (Field Officer)
He is a self-motivated worker and a good team player, who pays attention to details to undertake assignments in achieving expected results. Peprah joined PDA in March 2021 as a field officer on the Nyonkopa Child Labor Remediation Project.
Prior to joining PDA, he worked with the Department of Agriculture (Kwaebibirem Municipal) as a national service person and was elected as the organizing secretary for the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) in the municipality. Peprah also had an internship with MDK Ghana Flowers and Greens. He has vast experience in crop and pig production.
Peprah is ardent about the development and the well-being of young people in Ghana, especially people living in deprived areas. He is a man of integrity and discipline who is committed to work.
GUIDE ELEFO GADRI
GUIDE ELEFO GADRI (Field Officer)
He is a field officer on the Nyonkopa Child Labour Remediation project. Before officially joining PDA as a full-time staff member in 2021, he worked with PDA as an associate especially for data collection on a number of key projects, including Free the Slaves’ Growing Up Free (GUF) project, Root Capital’s Evaluation of Agribusiness Enterprises that Link Smallholder Farmers to Markets, and Oxford Policy Management’s Strengthening the Child. Guide holds a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and has good speaking and comprehension skills in seven Ghanaian local languages.
Senior Project Officer, REL
IGNATIUS BOADI (Senior Project Officer, REL)
Ignatius Boadi is a Senior Project Officer with the Research, Learning and Evaluation Unit. He is a self-taught programmer who is adept in writing effective and efficient programs, especially Graphical User Interfaces to simplify and improve workflow. He is proficient in Python, R, LaTeX and SPSS.
With a BSc degree in Statistics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ignatius has expertise in the use of statistical methods and tools in analyzing and visualizing data. He also has an MSc degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Cape Coast and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Ghana, where he focused on Graph Theory and Machine Learning.
CHARLES SELORM DEKU
Project Officer, REL
CHARLES SELORM DEKU (Project Officer, REL)
Selorm is a research and development enthusiast who is conversant with qualitative and quantitative research approaches. His research areas cover, but are not limited to, rural development, youth work and ageing. He is able to manage field data using SPSS and MAXQDA. Selorm holds an MPhil in Sociology and a BA in Sociology and Social Work from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Assistant at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, KNUST. In addition, he worked in diverse capacities on projects such as Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Assessment (LEAP) Ghana, the summative evaluation of the UNICEF / Government of Ghana’s Child Protection Programme, and the Growing Up Free Project with different organisations.
Project Officer, REL
GABRIEL OPOKU-ANTWI (Project Officer, REL)
Gabriel Opoku-Antwi is a Project Officer and a member of the Research, Evaluation, and Learning (REL) Unit at Participatory Development Associates (PDA) Ghana. He is a young and self-motivated researcher and development planner who aims to assist any organization to achieve its targeted goals in the capacity he finds himself in. His research interest encompasses several areas such as education, health, empowerment, sustainability, poverty reduction, and urban and rural development. During his period at the Department of Planning of KNUST (Ghana) as a Graduate Assistant, he supported research and teaching and was also equipped with the planning tools that are used in designing, implementing, and managing research projects.
As a Research Assistant, he has for the past 5 years worked with the Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), KNUST-Kumasi on several research projects of monitoring, evaluation, assessment, and baseline surveys for international and local organizations. He has the skills to use modern software like ODK KoboCollect to design instruments for data collection and the capacity to lead a team to collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data. Gabriel holds an MSc in Development Planning and Management and a BA in Geography and Rural Development both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
VANESSA AZELUKA AGRIWIE
VANESSA AZELUKA AGRIWIE (Project Officer)
Vanessa is a Project Officer with the Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit with an interest in both qualitative and quantitative research. Prior to joining PDA, she served as a Gender Equality Fellow working on Youth Challenge International’s HerStart Project to enhance the inclusivity of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana. She also has facilitation experience from being a Facilitator with CAMFED Ghana.
Vanessa has a hunger for creative challenges and believes in the ability of research to make change. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Planning from the University for Development Studies and is in her final year studying towards a Master of Science degree in Development Policy and Planning in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
ABDALLAH YAKUBU (Field Officer)
Abdallah Yakubu is a field officer in Participatory Development Associates Ltd (PDA) on the Nyonkopa Child Labour Remediation (CLR) project. From 2018 to 2020, prior to joining PDA, Abdallah worked with Touton Eliho Ghana, an organization involved in purchasing and enhancing sustainability in cocoa production.
Abdallah Yakubu joined PDA in 2021 as a field officer for the Kasapin and Goaso sector.
Self Improvement has always been my hall mark as i believe that is the basics of productive output in any Organisation .I have a Diploma and a Degree in Management Studies both from the University of Cape Coast. Before joining PDA, I worked as an Administrative Assistant for Asomah Cheremeh & Co “Henewaa Chambers” a law firm in Sunyani. I also worked as a Cataloguing Officer with the Sunyani Regional Library as a Nabco trainee. I am a volunteer at heart and as such, a member of the Ghana Think Foundation which is solely responsible for the National Volunteer Program (NVP), Barcamps, Komseko amongst others.I was the Club administrator for the Rotaract Club of Sunyani until i relocated to Kumasi.I am currently an assistant admin officer at the Kumasi office.
Kennedy Ankomah Boadu
Kennedy Ankomah Boadu (Logistics Assistant)
Ken joined PDA in 2018 as a logistics assistant. He manages program logistics and provides general administrative and programmatic support to PDA staff primarily in Accra. With several years of experience as a driver, he also assists in community entry during PDA field research and plays an important role in providing any necessary background support.
Rhoda Takyiwaa Boakye
Project Officer (Research, Evaluation and Learning)
Rhoda Takyiwaa Boakye (Project Officer, REL)
I am an expert in quantitative research methodology, mathematical demography, population and development, and population estimation and projection. I’ve collected qualitative and quantitative data in the fields of family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and public health. I work well in groups, but I also have a remarkable capacity to work alone.
I am a trustworthy and sincere professional with the capacity to take on tasks and inject vigour into team projects. I am also dedicated to reaching excellence in all endeavours, diligent and fast to pick things up, with great analytical and critical thinking capabilities.
I worked as a project assistant for the Making Every Baby Count Initiative (MEBCI 2.0) with AYA Collective (Accra) prior to joining PDA. I have also been a part of a number of research projects at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), including studies on Traditional Methods of Contraception (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), MOC Study, IPAS Project, Adolescent Smoking Survey (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and Examining the Transition to Adulthood in Urban Poor Context (Office of Research, Innovation, and Development (ORID)). In addition, I worked as a regional community representative for DKT International Inc.
At the University of Ghana (Legon), I studied Economics, Geography, and Resource Development for my first degree. I then completed my National Service in the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, where I was tasked with working in the LEAP Program Office, which promotes livelihood empowerment against poverty. At the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, I continued to improve my education with a Master of Arts in Population Studies.
I currently work as a Project Officer in the Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit.