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Technical Committee

Technical Committee is presently composed of the three Principal Investigators (PIs) and other strategically appointed members who work closely with the secretariat and offer technical advice.

Dzodzi Tsikata is a Professor of Development Sociology and Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana. Her research for the last 30 years has been in the areas of gender and development policies and practices, agrarian change and rural livelihoods, the labour relations of the informal economy, and social policy. Her publications include edited books (with Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones) Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change (Boydell and Brewer Ltd; 2015). She was the first coordinator of the Ghana Social Development Outlook, a biennial publication of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana.

She serves on the editorial advisory boards of several journals, including the Journal of Peasant Studies, Development and Change, and Feminist Economics and is a member of the editorial collectives of Feminist Africa and Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. She serves on the boards of several civil society organizations, including the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), New Delhi, and the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS), Harare. She is the immediate past president of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Nana Akua Anyidoho is the Director of the Centre for Social Policy Studies, and Associate Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), both of the University of Ghana. Her background is primarily in developmental psychology and social policy, with additional training in statistics, economics and African Studies, and in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She is especially interested in how young people and women, as marginalized social groups, respond to globalized and neoliberalizing policy structures in their struggles for social and economic rights.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (ASA), and the Advisory Board of the SSRC's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program. She is the immediate past President of the Ghana Studies Association (GSA). Anyidoho has a BA in Psychology (1997) from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy (2005) from Northwestern University. See more details of her projects and publications at

Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte is a Political Scientist and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana. He joined IAS in 2011 and in 2012, was adjudged the most “Promising Young Researcher” by the School (previously Faculty) of Social Sciences of the University. Between 2013 and early 2017, he was a Policy Advisor at the Office of the President of Ghana, with parallel responsibility as Ag. Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme. His research interests include institutionalism, public policy analysis, comparative politics, social policy, governance, nation-building, and the politics of transnational actors in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was previously a recipient of the highly competitive Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, as well as the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Policy from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan.

Among others, his peer-reviewed articles have been published in Policy Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Gerontologist, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Public Administration, Poverty and Public Policy, Ghana Journal of Development Studies, International Social Security Review, Journal of Developing Societies, Journal of Politics and Law, Journal of Developing Country Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Pensions, and Research Review of African Studies. He obtained his PhD and MA from McMaster University and Brock University respectively in Ontario Canada; and his BA from the University of Ghana, Legon.; 

Abena Oduro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon. Her current research is in the areas of poverty, inequality and vulnerability analysis, gender-responsive budgeting, intrahousehold distribution of time, and African regional integration. She is an associate editor of Feminist Economics and is one of the co-editors of the journal’s special issue on Engendering Economic Policy in Africa published in 2015.

She is a member of the International Association for Feminist Economics and the Pan African Social Research Council.

Ato Kwamena Onoma is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto- St. George. He has worked on property rights institutions and anti-refugee violence in the past. His current work explores mobility, identity, belonging and inter-communal relations through the prisms of epidemic and the geographies of interment spaces. He is the author of The Politics of Property Rights Institutions in Africa (2009) and Anti-Refugee Violence and African Politics (2013).

Charles Abugre is a Development Economist. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) - a global network of heterodox economists/political economists. He was previously CEO of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Commissioner at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Regional Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign at UNDP, Head of Advocacy and Global Policy at Christian Aid UK, and Researcher at Swansea University (Swansea University), among others. He is associated with the founding of several non-governmental organizations in Ghana and elsewhere. His research focuses on economic inequalities, development financing, and development management.