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About the CDD 

CDD is an independent public policy oriented organisation. It is dedicated to the promotion of society and government based on the rule of law and integrity in public administration. The Centre’s mission is to promote democracy, good governance and the development of a liberal economic environment. CDD has grown into a full-fledged and reputable institution of research, training and advocacy for democratic consolidation and good governance. The Center has worked with Ghana’s Parliament for the past six years and has built a relationship of mutual trust and confidence and forged a partnership that will be crucial for the successful implementation of any project, which public officers will have a role to play. The Center was one of four technical teams appointed by the APRM Governing Council to undertake the NEPAD country self-assessment, an active and founding member of Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP), has tremendous organisational and research capacities and has conducted several workshops, seminars and training activities in support of democratic development.

CDD key staff members

Prof. Gyimah-Boadi is Executive Director of CDD, an accomplished Professor in Political Science and a seasoned administrator. He is specialised in governance and elections. He has served as consultant on Governance to numerous organisations including the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, and USAID.

Mr. Franklin Oduro is the Head of Research and Programs and also doubles as the Deputy Executive Director at CDD. He has been involved in the Centre’s research and programs activities since 1998. His research interests and experiences include civil society and elections (election monitoring and observation), post-transition politics of human rights accountability/transitional justice processes, and public administration and policy analysis. Among the projects that he has participated, led and managed include CDD-Ghana’s civil society election support for 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, political parties financing in Ghana, national reconciliation and transitional justice processes, Ghana’s parliamentary strengthening project, democratizing civil-military/police relations, and Ghana’s African Peer Review Mechanism project.    

Edward F. Ampratwum is a Research Officer at CDD. He has extensive research experience in governance and social policy and has served in various research capacities in local and international nongovernmental institutions in Ghana. Since joining CDD, he has led and supported various tracking surveys (e.g. capitation grant tracking survey) and other governance research efforts such the third African Governance Report (AGR III) on Ghana which was commissioned by the UNECA. 


Regina Oforiwa Amanfo Tetteh is a Program Officer at CDD. She served as the lead officer in the Centre’s five years Parliamentary Strengthening Programs for the Parliament of Ghana which included the building of the capacity of the research department of Parliament and Parliamentary Committee Clerks. She currently serves as the key program officer on a five-year Members of Parliament Accountability stream of the Overseas Development Institute funded “Africa Power and Politics Project” (APPP), a research project on how MPs perform their constitutional mandate and other demands from their constituents. She has coordinated various field research relating to the Afrobarometer and the MP accountability streams of the APPP. And Since 2008, she currently coordinates the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program on HIV Anti-Stigma and Human Rights Initiative and the UNAIDS sponsored project on advocating for HIV Anti-stigma Legislation which are CDD’s on-going works on human rights. She is also the CDD focal person on disability policy-related initiatives. 



As a key participant in the African power, politics and policy programme (APPP), CDD undertakes the Ghana case studies that focus on local leadership and land use planning/land administration; pro-poor justice administration in some districts; politics and business; the news media; civic players; and responsiveness and accountability relationships between Members of Parliament and citizens.

Relevant references

Ampratwum E. & Armah-Attoh D., 2010, Tracking Capitation Grant in Public Schools in Ghana: A public Expenditure Tracking Survey in Education. CDD Research paper 19.

Brobbey V. & Ampratwum E., 2009, Budget Accountability and Support in Ghana: Country Study on Governance and Budget Transparency. A report prepared by CDD-Ghana for the Hewlett Foundation and the International Budget Partnership.

Fridy K. S. & Brobbey V., 2009, «Win the Match and Vote for Me: The Politicization of Ghana’s Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Clubs». Journal of Modern African Studies 47(1)

Gyimah-Boadi E., 2009, «Another step forward for Ghana». Journal of Democracy, 20 1: 138-152

Williams G., Asante K., Brobbey V., Ampratwum E. et al., 2009, Power and Change Analysis: Ghana. ECORYS Nederland BV. Rotterdam, 29 May.