STAR-Ghana Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is responsible for the overall management and strategic oversight and direction of STAR-Ghana. The committee supports the programme aim of promoting a culture of transparency and accountability to enhance pro-poor policy making and the equitable management of public resources, all in line with the requirements of internal good governance.  The committee comprises nine members with the following representation: 2 Parliamentarians; 4 eminent Ghanaian citizens; 2 members of civil society and the chair of the Funders’ Committee (currently represented by DFID).

Much of the work of the steering committee takes place through the following sub-committees:

  • The grants sub-committee plays a key role throughout the grants process: setting funding priorities and selecting grantees for subsequent approval by steering committee.
  • The audit and endowment sub-committee will oversee the finances and resources of the new organisation.

After three years, the current steering committee will transition from its current advisory role to a board with ultimate authority and responsibility for STAR-Ghana’s strategy and operations.


Members of the Steering Committee:

  • Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, Chair of the Steering Committee of STAR-Ghana, President of the Ghana Academy of Sciences and Companion of the Order of the Volta, is a former Member of the Council of State in Ghana, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (1985-92) and former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities (AAU). After attending Achimota School in Ghana, and studying Law at the Universities of Durham and London, Professor Sawyerr obtained the degree of Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence at the University of California (Berkeley). Professor Sawyerr held teaching and research appointments at universities and research institutions in Africa, Europe, the US and the Pacific, and his publications include: Economic Development and Trade in Papua New Guinea; The Political Dimension of Structural Adjustment Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa; Economic Emancipation and Democratic Governance: The Role of the Trade Unions; “Renegotiation of the VALCO Agreement: Contribution to a theoretical interpretation”; “Globalisation and the Social Sciences in Africa”; “Challenges Facing African Universities: Selected Issues”; “African Higher Education and Industry: What linkages?”, “Contractual Capacity of Minors and the Conflict of Laws in East Africa”, and “The High Court of Uganda and Customary Law”.
  • Prof. Agnes Atia Apusigah is an Associate Professor at the University for Development Studies, Wa Campus. She is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. Her research concentrates on the political economy of African development, indigenous knowledge system, gender studies and educational policy and reforms. Her recent publications include Bridging Worlds (2015), Teacher Professionalism and Educational Quality in Ghana (2015, with L. A. Alagbela) and Women’s Movement and Political Change in West Africa (2014).  Prof. Apusigah is a social critic and a feminist activist with extensive experience working with civil society organisations and donor agencies. Her work with civil society has centred on research, policy development, capacity-building training, programming support and project evaluation. She currently chairs the Governing Board of Afrikids Ghana. She also is a member of the Network for Women’s Rights (NETRIGHT) in Ghana. She holds a PhD. in Cultural Studies with a minor in Curriculum Studies from Queen’s University at Kingston in Canada.
  • Hon. Emmanuel Bedzrah is the Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency, in the Volta Region of Ghana and the Chairman of the Government Assurance Committee of Parliament (CGA). He is also a member of the House; Water Resources; and Works & Housing Committees. As the Chairman of CGA, he has brought technological innovation which allows citizen participation in the activities of the committee. He is currently a Steering Committee member of National Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Chairman of Israeli-Ghana Parliamentary Association. He has served on the Gender and Children Committee, as well as the Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Committee during his first term in Parliament. He also served on the ‘Job 600’ Technical Implementation Committee (TIC) of Parliament. Hon. Bedzrah is the founder and CEO of Procurement and Project Management Consultancy Limited (PPMC) and has successfully handled different projects ranging from domestic housing to multi-structural engineering projects as a Technical officer and Quantity Surveyor advising both clients and contractors. Hon. Bedzrah holds Masters in Development Management MDM from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Bachelor of Science. B.Sc. (Hons) in Administration from the University of Ghana Legon, and is also a Chartered Member of Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
  • Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dormaa Central in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana and the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament of Ghana. Prior to his appointment in January, 2013 as Chairman of PAC, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the PAC from January 2009 to December 2012. He also served as Deputy Minister between 2001 to 2008 in several Ministries including; the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning, Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development, Communication, Roads and Transport and the Interior. Before entering into active politics, Hon. Agyeman-Manu was the Director of Finance for Toyota Ghana Company LTD. Hon. Agyeman-Manu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Ghana, Legon, and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK (ACMA).
  • Dr. Esther Oduraa Ofei-Aboagye is a social policy analyst and a teacher. Until January 2015, she was the Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS). Prior to ILGS, she was employed at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Dr Ofei-Aboagye has been extensively involved in national social policy formulation and decentralized development management. She has been privileged to serve on a number of public and civil society boards. Amongst others, she is a member of the University of Ghana Council and the Chairperson of the Council of the Presbyterian College of Education. She is also the Vice-Chairperson of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and a member of the Ghana Tourism Authority Board. She has been chairperson of the Executive Council of the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC). Esther has a doctorate degree in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada; a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Sociology; and a Diploma in Education both from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Ms. Adelaide Addo-Fening is an International Development Specialist. She is currently the Team Leader for GOGIC. Until January, 2014, Adelaide was the International Programme Operations Director at Sight Savers International. She was previously Regional Director for West and Central Africa of VSO International, after serving as Country Director in Ghana for six years. She was instrumental in the establishment of the largest volunteering programme in Ghana, placing over 10,000 Ghanaian volunteers as teachers mainly in deprived areas of the country. In 2004 she received an OBE in recognition of this. Adelaide has holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, specializing in Democracy, Governance and Law from the University of Cape Coast and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Arabic from the University of Ghana. She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, supported by the Aspen Institute in Colorado, USA. Adelaide has served on the steering committees of the DFID funded Rights and Voice Initiative Fund and the World Bank Small Grants Programme, both of which supported Ghanaian civil society engagement with government to promote accountability. She is also a member of the Governing Council of United Way Ghana; a trustee of Common Purpose Ghana and Co-Founder of an African civil society organization committed to building strong civil society leadership within local communities.
  • Mr. Akoto Ampaw, is a legal practitioner who specializes in constitutional and Human Rights Law, Media Law, Labour Law, and Company and Investment Law. He was the Secretary-General of All Africa Students Union from 1979–1985. He is the Chairman of Human Rights Committee of the Ghana Bar Association, member of the A member of the National Media Commission, Member of the Legal Team of the Ghana Bar Association, Member of Media Foundation for West Africa Legal Defence Team, Member of Right to Information Coalition Ghana, Member, Advocacy Steering Committee for a Broadcasting Law, Member of the National Coalition Against Privatization of Water and lastly, Human Rights and Civil Liberties Advocacy.