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New IMANI Associate – Mr. Samuel Braimah

IMANI Centre for Policy and Education welcomes our latest associate Mr. Samuel Braimah, a seasoned development practitioner with 36 years of professional experience. He has worked with some of the most reputable development organisations such as World Vision International, US Peace Corp, Oxfam and Action Aid. Expect IMANI projects and reports with our newest associate in the near future. 

In the meantime, visit his personal blog at: https://sdbraimah.com/




Samuel Dunyale Braimah –


  • Manga Primary and Middle schools – 1960 and 1968
  • Ghana College, Tamale (currently Ghana Senior High School, Tamale) -1968 to 1973 West African School Certificate
  • Navrongo Secondary School – 1973 to 1975.
  • The University of Cape Coast – 1980 BSc
    • Chemistry Major, Maths Minor and Diploma in Education
  • The University of Swansea -1992
    • Masters in Social and Economic Development
  • Received first formal training in development, planning, management and evaluation in Limuru, Kenya organised by Christian Organisations Research Advisory Trust (CORAT) – 1984

Development Career:

My development career spans a period of 36 years and I worked with the following organisations: World Vision International, Ghana and Niger office; African Center For Human Development, Ghana; US Peace Corp Ghana; Action Aid, Burundi; The University of KwaZulu Natal Durban, South Africa; Oxfam, Niger; African Evaluation Association, Accra, Ghana.

During my career, I have specialised in the following areas:

  • Planning and management of integrated development projects/programmes
  • Conflict analysis, resolution and management
  • Climate change analysis, adaptation and mitigation
  • HIV/AIDS planning and field responses
  • Strategic planning from a theory of change perspective.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of integrated programmes

The following are some of my accomplishments during my career:

  • Single-handedly started the work of World Vision International in northern Ghana in 1981
  • Wrote the first Medium Term Development Plan for the Kadjebi District in the then Volta Region in 1995
  • Started the work of World Vision International in the Zinder Region of Niger in 1996
  • Implemented response to HIV/AIDS within the context of conflict in Burundi from 2000 to 2003
  • Directed and made presentations to the workshop on Planning for HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa organised by the Health, Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) in University of KwaZulu Natal from 2003 to 2007 (Durban, South Africa)
  • Was Country Director of ActionAid in Burundi from November 2004 to June 2011.
  • Made presentations to senior African Airline staff on responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Airline Industry in 2004.
  • Carried out research (uncompleted) on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the public sector in Zambia, DRC, Ethiopia and Kenya in 2004
  • Provided training on the Rights-Based Approach to Development to the Africa staff of Lutheran World Relief in 2005.
  • Directed the reintegration of ex-combatants into rural communities in three provinces in The Republic of Burundi from 2005 to 2011.
  • Submitted a poster at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada in 2006
  • Submitted a paper on the progress of the UN Peace Building Commission in Burundi to the UN Security Council Configuration on Burundi in December 2006 and updated in 2008
  • Approached the UN State Department in Washington, DC to lobby for increased funding for UN Peace Keeping Operations in Africa in 2006.
  • Approached the UN Department for Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) to lobby for increased funding for UN Peace Keeping Operations in Africa in 2006.
  • Carried out research on the impact of World Bank conditionalities on basic education in Burundi in 2009.
  • Directed the production of Medium Term Development Plans in 7 communes (districts in the Karuzi Province of Burundi) in 2010.
  • Trained journalists from Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda to participate in the Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Durban in December 2011.
  • Presented a paper on carbon sequestration to ECOWAS Environment Ministers Conference in Bamako, Mali in 2011.
  • Presented a paper on Carbon Sequestration to World Bank Climate Change Conference in Washington, DC in 2014.
  • Presented a paper on monitoring and evaluation and later an impact assessment of development programmes in Africa to the Independent Observatory of Government Programmes in Rabat, Morocco in 2014 and 2015.
  • Presented a paper on the Rights-Based Approach (RBA) to the Planning and Implementation of Public Health Programmes to Public Health students at the University of Sheffield, the UK in 2015.

Currently retired but available for technical input to development professionals and policy think tanks in Africa.

Contact: sdbraimah@gmail.com

Telephone: +233 24 196 9111


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