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E. Gyimah-Boadi

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Gyimah is the chairman of the board of directors at Afrobarometer

Biography

Professor Gyimah-Boadi is a co-founder of Afrobarometer and served as executive director from 2008 to March 2021, when he became chair of the board of directors of the newly registered non-profit company.

He is also founder and former executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).

A former professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, he has held faculty positions at universities in the United States, including the School of International Service of the American University (Washington, D.C.), and fellowships at the Center for Democracy, Rule of Law and Development (Stanford University), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the International Forum for Democratic Development (all in Washington, D.C.). He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (London), among others.

He received his doctorate from the University of California (Davis) and undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Professor Gyimah-Boadi’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Democracy and UNU-WIDER, among others. He is co-author of Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He has received a myriad of awards, including the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice for advancing democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity. In 2021, New African named him one of its “100 Most Influential Africans.”

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Dispatch
AD386: Malians, though eager for change from failing state and economy, still demand democracy
24 Aug 2020
Policy paper
PP67: COVID-19 in Africa – Vulnerabilities and assets for an effective response
13 Aug 2020
Dispatch
AD288: A la recherche d’opportunités: En Afrique, les jeunes et les instruits sont plus susceptibles de penser à émigrer
26 Mar 2019
Dispatch
AD288: In search of opportunity: Young and educated Africans most likely to consider moving abroad
26 Mar 2019
Publication
AD112: Des institutions dignes de confiance impactent-elles le développement en Afrique?
21 Feb 2022
Dispatch
AD112: Do trustworthy institutions matter for development? Corruption, trust, and government performance in Africa
23 Aug 2016
Policy paper
PP34: Moins d’engagement, moins d’autonomisation? La participation politique est à la traîne chez les jeunes d’Afrique
12 Aug 2016
Policy paper
PP34: Does less engaged mean less empowered? Political participation lags among African youth, especially women
12 Aug 2016
Policy paper
PP29: Dividende de la croissance? La pauvreté vécue décroit en Afrique
21 Jan 2016
Policy paper
PP29: Africa’s growth dividend? Lived poverty drops across much of the continent
21 Jan 2016
Working paper
WP157: Political risks facing African democracies: Evidence from Afrobarometer
4 Aug 2015
Working paper
WP113: Religious faith and democracy: Evidence from the Afrobarometer surveys
2 Sep 2009
Working paper
WP81: Corruption and institutional trust in Africa: Implications for democratic development
8 Nov 2007
Policy paper
PP6: Les pays pétroliers et miniers : un manque de transparence, une forte impunité des hauts fonctionnaires
12 Dec 2013
Policy paper
PP6: Oil and mining countries: Transparency low, official impunity high – 2013
12 Dec 2013
Working paper
WP28: The growth of democracy in Ghana despite economic dissatisfaction: A power alternation bonus?
1 Apr 2003
Working paper
WP2: Attitudes to democracy and markets in Ghana
1 Oct 1999
Book
Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa
20 Sep 2004