Dr. Samuel Kwofie, the Director of Research and Innovation is a Planning Analyst and has over 18 years of experience in Economic Planning, Spatial Planning, Policy Planning, Governance and Management, Statistical Modeling, Grants Proposal Writing, local governance, Water and Sanitation issues and organizational development. He has extensive experience with local and civil society organizations with comprehensive knowledge in developing country context. He has tremendous credentials in the use of Participatory Methodologies and Goal Oriented Project Planning (GOPP) in his deliverables.
He has been actively involved in the District/Local level planning, training of opinion leaders and strategic planning. Dr. Kwofie coordinated the evaluation of Vaccine Derived Poliovirus Type 1 and 2 (cVDPV1/2) in the Eastern Region of Ghana that was sponsored by the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gate, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, UNICEF, CDC, Rotary Club and few others.
Over the past eight years, he has been involved in consultancies, lecturing, development of curricula for accreditation purposes, proposals for new programmes for Ghana Tertiary Education Commission’s consideration, and seeking funding for development and other community services. Out of these, Dr. Kwofie has been able to lead the Medical Laboratory Science Department to obtain accreditation to run both 4-year Bachelor of Technology and 2-year top-up programmes. He has also single-handedly introduced Development Planning Department where accreditation has been sought to run 4-year degree programme.
He has also been involved in highly rated professional consultancy activities in Project Management and Evaluation, Grant Proposals, Rural Development Management, Poverty Reduction, Integrated District Development and Water and Sanitation for the Ghana Health Service, World Bank, DANIDA, GoG, AfD, NDF etc. In addition, he facilitated the training of Community Opinion leaders in Participatory Planning and Management Skills for the then Upper Denkyira Municipal Assembly, Fanteakwa District Assembly, Twifo-Heman Lower Denkyira District Assembly, and Ga West District Assembly. He was the key staff for the preparation of five Area Council plans and over forty community action plans for the aforementioned Districts. Dr. Kwofie played an active role during the review of the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy I (GPRS 1) which led to the collapse of the five thematic areas into three thematic areas in the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS II) as well as involved in the gender mainstream of the GPRS II. He also managed the implementation of the Second Urban Environmental Sanitation Project (UESP II) for Tema Metropolitan Assembly that was sponsored by the Nordic Development Fund and developed the Strategic Plan for Nzema East and Mpohor Wassa Mutual Health Insurance Schemes which was sponsored by the Netherland Development Organisation (SNV).
Dr. Kwofie has over 27 published articles in peer- review journals and a few under review and has participated in a number of research and professional conferences.