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Takyiwaa Manuh

Former Director, Social Development Policy Division, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Until her recent retirement, Takyiwaa Manuh was the Director, Social Development Policy Division, of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 2014 to May 2017.

Before joining the ECA, she had been Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana, where she also served as Director of the Institute of African Studies from 2002-2009.

She received the University of Ghana’s Meritorious Service Award in 2007; Ghana’s Order of the Volta (Officer Class) for services to education in 2007; and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Sussex in 2015.

She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and has also served as a member of several international, continental and national organizations and bodies.

She has published widely in the areas of African development; gender, women’s rights and empowerment; higher education; and contemporary African migrations.