2019 Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) and African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholar, Abdul-Latif Alhassan, is a Project Management Consultant and the Executive Director of Civil Society and Institutional Foundation (CSIF) – Ghana, an NGO in Tamale. He leads the planning, implementation, monitoring and coordination of CSIF’s current and future projects/programs, and manage relations with partners and stakeholders. He’s made it possible for 15 brilliant but needy students from 4 deprived communities in the Northern Region of Ghana have access to quality basic and tertiary education, built capacities of 15 civil society organizations and 118 student leaders of the University for Development Studies (UDS) through the EduAfrica, Student Union Empowerment (SUE) and CSOs Strengthening Projects. Abdul previously led and managed 20 UK and Ghanaian volunteers under the International Citizen Service (ICS) Program in the implementation of the Local Integration for Empowerment (LIFE) project.
In 2020, Abdul has co-written the Corner Brook Green Infrastructure Policy, which was unanimously voted for, approved and adopted by the Council of the City of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Resource Development (Univ. of Ghana), a Level Five Award in Professional Consulting from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI, UK) and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Policy at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Grenfell Campus.
Abdul’s Research Map/Interests are in Development planning, Climate Change & Environmental Policy, Food Security/Systems, GIS application in Natural resources, Project and City Management, Impact assessment and Sustainability. Broadly, his research questions hover around “How can the impact of NGOs/CSOs on food security, environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation/adaptation be long lasting in Northern Ghana and how do we enhance the capacities of CSOs and local communities to be resilient and sustainable”? His current research under the supervision of Dr. Paul Foley looks at enhancing the capacity of NGOs in Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana; applying lessons from Canada.