The Research Advisory Panel overseas and supports the activities of the initiative and ensures a broader ownership and proper coordination of the operations of the Africa Inequalities Initiative. It consists of the following individuals:

Alex Cobham

Alex Cobham

Organization: Center for Global Development
Designation: Research Fellow
Nationality: UK
Email: acobham@cgdev.org

Biography

Alex Cobham is a research fellow at the Center for Global Development in Europe. His research focuses on illicit financial flows, effective taxation for development, and inequality. He joined CGD in Europe in March 2013 from Save the Children UK, where he was head of research. He was previously at Christian Aid, and before that a researcher at Queen Elizabeth House (the Department of International Development at Oxford University), and a junior economics fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. Cobham is the author or co-author of a range of academic papers, policy reports, and book chapters, including some of the first estimates of the costs of illicit financial flows for developing countries. He is a member of the advisory group to the global consultation on inequalities within the post-2015 development framework. Recent work includes a proposal, with Andy Sumner, for a new policy measure of income inequality, the Palma; analysis of the importance of inequality for post-2015, and of fiscal policy towards horizontal and vertical inequalities. He tweets @alexcobham.

Barthlomew Armah

Barthlomew Armah

Organization: Economic Commission for Africa
Designation: Acting Director Macroeconomic Policy Division
Nationality: Ghanaian
Email: barmah@uneca.org

Biography

Professor Armah began his career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) and was subsequently appointed as Senior Economic Advisor at the National Planning Commission in Ghana where he played a lead role in the drafting of Ghana’s first and second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). He was appointed as a Senior Regional Adviser on strategic planning and poverty reduction at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa where he assisted several countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana) in the drafting of national MDG reports, the design of their Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and the integration of such planning frameworks with their budgets or expenditure frameworks.

As a Policy Adviser on post-crisis economic recovery in the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP) he: facilitated the drafting of the Accra Declaration which articulates the MDGs priorities of post-conflict countries; played a lead role in developing a methodology to analyze the impact of the July 2010 floods on Pakistan’s MDG performance; and was instrumental in the rollout of the UN-global policy on post-conflict employment creation in Sierra Leone and Burundi.

Professor Armah is currently the Acting Director of ECA’s Macroeconomic Policy Division which is responsible for publishing the institution’s flagship publication: Economic Report for Africa. Concurrently, he is Chief of the Renewal of Planning section of the Division where in partnership with the African Union Commission he coordinated the Africa region-wide consultations on the post 2015 development agenda culminating in its adoption by the AU Heads of State and Government summit in January 2014. He also: provides analytical support to member States in the design, implementation and monitoring of national development frameworks; coordinates the publication of the Africa MDGs Report; monitors and assesses development trends in African LDCs; and provides advisory support on national development planning to ECA member states.

His recent publications include: Towards a Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda Great Insights Volume 2. Issue 3. April 2013.

Poverty Reduction Strategies in Action – Perspectives and Lessons from Ghana Lexington Books (2008). Amoaku-Tuffour and Bartholomew Armah editors.

Charles Abugre Akelyira

Charles Abugre Akelyira

Organization: UN Millennium Campaign
Designation: Deputy Director UN Millennium Campaign
Nationality: Ghanaian
Email: charles.akelyira@undp.org

Biography

Born in Ghana, Charles is a development economist by training. Charles is currently Africa Regional Director of the UN Millennium Campaign based in Nairobi. He has been Head of Global Policy and Advocacy Division for Christian Aid in London, Head of ACORD’s rural development programmes in Uganda, a lecturer and research fellow at the University of Swansea, Wales; and Executive Director of the integrated Social Development Centre, and Africa Regional Coordinator of the Third World Network, both based in Ghana among others.

Dzodzi Tsikata

Dzodzi Tsikata

Organization: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) University of Ghana
Designation: Associate Professor
Nationality: Ghanaian
Email: dzodzi@yahoo.com/ dtsikata@ug.edu.gh

Biography

Dzodzi Tsikata is from Ghana and has been a researcher at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana since 1991. Her research is in the areas of gender and development policies and practices; land tenure reforms and large scale commercial land deals; informal labour relations and the conditions of informal workers. Her publications, which have appeared in Feminist Africa, Journal of Agrarian Change and Development, among others, reflect these interests. She was coordinator of the first edition of the Ghana Social Development Outlook 2013, an ISSER Publication on the state of social development in Ghana.

Dzodzi is a member of the International Advisory Board of Journal of Peasant Studies and is on the editorial board of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, published by the Agrarian South Network. She is also Vice President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP), and serves on the scientific committee of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of South Africa. She was a member of the International Advisory Group on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Grace Bediako

Grace Bediako

Organization: National Planning and Development Commission Ghana
Designation: Government Statistician
Nationality: Ghanaian
Email: grace.bediako@gmail.com

Biography

She was the Government Statistician and head of the Ghana Statistical Service from June 2004 to June 2012. A recipient of the President’s award of the Order of the Volta for Public Service (2008), she is currently a consultant to the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). She has been involved and supported in diverse capacities, national and international programme initiatives including the Africa-wide initiatives, the Africa Symposium for Statistical Development (ASSD) and the Africa Programme for Accelerated Improvement in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS). She has had extensive experience in: preparing methodological publications and capacity-building in the collection, compilation and use of social and demographic statistics, and planning and coordinating of international statistical initiatives. She had primary responsibility for the production of three major United Nations methodological reports: Handbook for Producing a National Statistical Reports on Women and Men, Technical Report on Collecting Economic Characteristics in Population and Housing Censuses, and the “Trial International Classification for Time-use Activities”. She graduated from the University of Ghana, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Statistics, in 1977, holds a Ph.D. degree in Demography (1988), from the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained a Certificate in Survey Sampling from the University of Michigan (1982).