Francis Acquah, Jnr

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Category: Staff

Mr. Francis Acquah-Aikins, Jnr. A Peacebuilding Practitioner with over 12 years’ experience in coordinating Peacebuilding programmes, conducting and facilitating training programmes, Francis Acquah-Aikins currently serves as WANEP’s Regional Coordinator for Network Development. Prior to this, Francis was coordinator of the West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) of WANEP, (which trains averagely 45 participants annually from all over Africa, USA, Europe Middle East and Asia) and also served as its Communication and External Relations Officer.

Francis Acquah-Aikins is an expert in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding and peacebuilding programme management; a trainer in peace and security with key focus on Infrastructures for Peace, Conflict and Election Management, Peace Education, and Youth in Conflict Transformation. He has worked on a number of projects including providing technical assistance in the development and production of WANEP’s Election Dispute Management Practice Guide for West Africa; also reviewed and edited its French version for publication; led a team to review and publish WANEP’s Peer Mediation Manual (English and French versions). Supported the Curriculum Research and Development Division of Ghana Education Service, in 2010, to develop modules in Peace Education for training of teachers in Northern Ghana; led a team of consultants for the development of a training manual on Natural Resource Conflict Management for the Christian Council of Ghana. He also serves as the West Africa Regional Liaison Officer for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in which he supports the WANEP National Networks in policy advocacy for conflict prevention frameworks at the national level; and is also a regular television panellist on peace and security issues in Ghana; anda regular Resource Person on issues of Youth and Conflict, and Peace Education at the Annual International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education in the USA.

Francis has a Master’s Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) in Ghana; his dissertation topic was on “The Role of the National Peace Council in the Management of Elections Disputes in Ghana”. He has a Diploma in Peace and Security in Africa from Uppsala University, Sweden. He had his first degree in Social Sciences (French and Geography) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana and the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He has pursued other professional courses in conflict resolution and peacebuilding from the Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA; and an advanced postgraduate certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Graduate School of Governance and Leadership (GSGL), Accra, Ghana; aCertificate in Qualitative Research Methods from the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, USA, a course sponsored by The Mitchel Group (TMG) and USAID.Francis speaks and writes excellent French and English.