Mr. Solomon Appiah is the curator of this website. He is a social science researcher and consultant. Appiah has studied and worked in Europe, North America and Africa. He earned a BSc Public Administration with first class honours from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Germany.
His research interests include international human rights, international relations, public policy, natural resources (extractives), inequality and poverty. He serves as National Director for Edu4Trans Ghana and also carries out consultancies. He also teaches at the College of Sustainable Transformation and Development (COSTrAD,) as well as its institutes. The institutes he lectures at includes the Institute of Governance and Public Policy (IGPP), Mindset Transformation Institute (MTI), Institute of Economic Affairs (INECA), Media of Communication Institute (MOCI), Education, Training and Development Institute (ETADI) and Institute of Arts, Sports and Culture (IOASC).
AFRICA PROGRESS PANEL – GENEVA
Memorable consultancies include those undertaken for the Kofi Annan chaired Africa Progress Panel in Geneva. The Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, chairs the APP and is closely involved in its day-to-day work. Some members of the Panel include:
- Michel Camdessus longest serving Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund 1987 – 2000
- Peter Eigen Founder and Chair of Advisory Council of Transparency International, Founding Chair of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
- Graça Machel former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique, President of SOAS, University of London, Chancellor University of Cape Town etc.
- Strive Masiyiwa, Founder ECONET Wireless, based in South Africa with operations in 18 countries. He is a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation.
- Olusegun Obasanjo Former President of Nigeria
- Robert E. Rubin Co-Chair of the Board, Council on Foreign Relations and former Secretary of the United States Treasury
- Tidjane Thiam Chief Executive of Credit Suisse since June 2015. Previously Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive of London-based Prudential plc.
- Linah Mohohlo Governor of Bank of Botswana1999 – 2016.
Mr. Appiah served at the Panel Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland as the only Public Policy Analyst at the office. He was part of the team that produced the game changing 2013 Africa Progress Report titled, ‘Equity In Extractives: Stewarding Africa’s Natural Resources for all‘. Carlos Lopes of the UNECA called this report the game changer. The report was eventually presented at the United Nations Security Council and has been referenced by many world leaders. Due to its high patronage, within a few hours of its launch, the Africa progress Panel website crashed. Ultimately the report has influenced a lot of policy dialogue in Africa since its launch.
NATURAL RESOURCES GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE
Mr. Appiah also consulted for the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). NRGI is an independent, non-profit organization which provides policy advice and advocacy infused with lessons learned in the field and with insights developed through rigorous research to governments. Its flagship publication is known as the Resource Governance Index.
Mr. Appiah consulted for NRGI and the data he supplied on Ghana was used in compiling part of the 2017 Resource Governance Index. Mr. Appiah’s research included but was not limited to examining Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act 893, measuring the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors across a diverse range of indicators. His work also included giving written feedback on the Ghana 2015 Pilot Assessment.
6TH GHANA PRISONS COUNCIL
Solomon Appiah also served on the 6th Ghana Prisons Council 2014 – 2016. On the Council he served as the Chairman of the Council’s sub-committee that oversaw the launch and implementation of an initiative to reform Ghana’s penal system dubbed Project Efiase. By liaising with Embassies, Corporate Ghana and the Government of Ghana, the Council secured brand new buses, cross country vehicles, sedan and motor cycles as well as medical supplies, containers of food and travel opportunities to name a few for the Ghana Prisons Service.
In this capacity on the council, Mr. Appiah authored and supervised the publishing of a number of publications.
- 2015/2016 Project Efiase Annual Report 2016
- Introduction to Project Efiase 2015
- Ghana Prisons Service Health Needs Assessment 2016 (Surveyed 42 prisons in Ghana)
Sample publication by Mr. Appiah for the 6th Prisons Council:
BLOGS AND ARTICLES
Mr. Appiah’s official blogs for Africa Progress panel are available via:
Other OP-eds & BLOGS
Foresight for Development – Southern Africa Node
Foresight for Development – Southern Africa Node
Fair Observer° | African Globe | Diaspora Scope
Fair Observer°, 9 March 2014
Fair Observer° | Gateway House | The Corner
Africa Progress Panel, 3 September 2013
Oped News, 27 February 2014
Africa Progress Panel | Fair Observer°
Africa Progress Panel, 27 June 2013
Fair Observer°, 4 May 2013
Fair Observer°, 25 September 2012
Fair Observer°, 18 September 2012
Fair Observer°, 6 September 2012