Management Team

Profile of Martin Dery

The organization has implemented varied projects related to education, agriculture, women's empowerment, climate resilience, water and sanitation, in response to grounded developmental needs in partner communities. We are convinced that our collective efforts have resulted in positive outcomes throughout our operational area.

In the area of education, we have engaged in promoting access to education for vulnerable out of school children, girls, children with disabilities and migrant children, through advocacy and community empowerment. Our staff and volunteers have developed participatory teaching and learning materials for formal schools. We have also continued with implementation of the Ghana Complementary Basic Education Programme that includes mother tongue literacy and numeracy.

Under our GROW and CRAFS projects, we continued to empower rural farmers by encouraging i ncreased production beyond subsistence consumption requirements; to provide a basis for income generation within expandingvaluechains. We have supported alternative livelihoods including dry season farming, soap making and apiculture.

Our work in WASH made significant strides in relation to inclusive poverty targeting through the implementation of the WASH in DPC (Unicef/Canada supported) using a social fund model that worked with indigent households to ensure total household latrine coverage in communities that have attained ODFstatus. We also made great progress in ameliorating the WASH Poverty situation in Northern Ghana through our work with WAG, Give Me Tap and Eau Bottle.

We have also improved our accountability and fundraising drive through publicizing our activities via newsletters, social media and our website to provide more information to our partners, potential donors and individuals. We will make continuous efforts to strengthen the communication between partners so as to increase the presence and contribution of the organization in the country and beyond.

That said, we have taken note of our challenges during the period and commit to address issues around systematic knowledge management, documentation, skills development to make us a leader into the future.

Profile of Catherine Amissah

Born 27th November, 1979 in Vieri in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region. Married with three children: Christabel, Chantelle Annette and Clarence Seeninyin. Holds an MPhil in Development Studies (2017) from University for Development Studies, Certificate in Social Accountability Tools for Africa (2012) from the World Bank Institute, Certificate in Microfinance (2009) from UN Capital Development Fund, and B.Ed Home Economics (Nutrition) from University of Cape Coast.

Over 15 years of development practice has offered opportunity to participate in project design and implementation of projects on inclusive education, women empowerment, livelihood enhancement, water, sanitation and hygiene and microfinance. Direct leadership roles in supervision, monitoring and support and managing microfinance roll out (leading a team to develop business friendly financial products and support services that meet the needs of rural entrepreneurs); has been her stay in the past five years.

Proven competence in project management Competent in participatory facilitation techniques including community score card, citizen report cards, wealth ranking, problem analysis, river code and ‘open space’ techniques.

Key interests in women’s empowerment and business development. Experience in promoting social accountability, participatory poverty targeting, monitoring and evaluation.

Critical reviewer of systems and documents to promote efficiency Recent Key International Events
  • Nairobi – Kenya: Leadership Enhancement for Social Business (2015)
  • Lusaka – Zambia: Participatory Development Methodologies (2014
  • Commonwealth Scholar: Commonwealth Professional Fellowship (2009), Oxford

Profile of Samuel Lanidune

Lanidune Samuel is a social worker with over 16 years working experience. Over the years Samuel has built experience in managing projects in Good Governance, Agriculture and Education. He is a good facilitator, a trainer and has the ability to manage quality data Lanidune Samuel Holds a MA Degree in Peace and Conflict Management, BA Degree in Humanity and participatory certificates in Decentralization policy, News media and Local Government Working together, Financial Management among others.

Lanidune Samuel has skills and competencies in data management- Microsoft excel, Microsoft word, SPSS, Power point, good communication skill, community mobilization and animation skill/competence with the use of PLA tools, experience facilitator, good team player On financial management capacity, Lanidune Samuel has experience in the following areas: coaching community members on fund raising through community self-help pool project, training based groups on revenue mobilization and how access loan facilities at financial institution, facilitate and built the capacity of women groups in financial management across districts in the upper West Region.

Lanidune Samuel has managed grants projects with funding from USAID and UKAID (GAIT II, EQUALL project, SFL Literacy for Life Change Project, CBE and currently STAGE project)

Profile of Yussif Kofi Asuo

Currently the Head of Women, Leadership and Sustainable Development

Cynthia Kutir holds a Master of Science Degree in Climate Change and Education, from The University of the Gambia (UTG) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrated Development Studies (Environment and Resource Management option), from University for Development Studies (UDS).

Cynthia started her professional work experience as a Development Worker (DW) with ProNet North, She worked as a field officer on the Complementary Basic Education program (CBE) and later worked as the focal person for the Department of Research, Learning and Communication, thereby, playing a key role in developing numerous proposals for funding, annual reports and monthly newsletter for three years.

She later worked as a Project Advisor at GIZ Ghana (Market Oriented Agricultural Project), in the Upper West Region with a focus on climate change adaptation and agriculture value chain development for poverty reduction. Currently she is the Project Coordinator for the Enough Project in ProNet North which focus on ending gender-based violence against women and girls in our rural communities.

Cynthia loves development work because of the positive impact and difference it makes in our rural society through education, empowerment and poverty alleviation. She is a Role Model for young female professionals in her home region in northern Ghana.

Profile of Cynthia Kutir

Currently the Head of Research and Learning Department for PRONET North based in Wa in the Upper West region.

Education: MA Sociology with research, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; BA Sociology with Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon; Diploma in Adult Education, University of Ghana, Legon; Cert A, EP Training College Bimbilla; ‘A’ Level, Bawku Secondary School, Bawku; ‘O’ Level, Salaga Secondary School, Salaga.

Biography: Yussif Kofi Asuo is currently serving as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at PRONET on the STAGE project. Earlier in his career, he worked with PRONET North and IBIS Ghana as a District Coordinator and Project officer on the Complementary Basic Education in West Gonja, and East Gonja and Kpandai districts respectiverly. He worked as a consultant for IFESH on the Millennium Development Authority to ensure community participation for quality basic education delivery. And he worked as a development worker with Government Accountability Improves Trust (GAIT II) as a facilitator and programme officer in West Gonja district (Damongo), and Wa and Accra respectively. And he also worked as a trained/certificated teacher in Savelugu-Nanton district (Diare E/A Primary and Diare Junior High) as an Assistant Headteacher and a Head Master J (Principal Superintendent) and a pupil teacher in East Gonja district (Kitoe Primary and Kpembe Continuation).

Recent publications include: The Challenges of Effective Community Participation in District Education Strategic Planning and Implementation Process in the Salaga Town Council of Ghana, International Journal of Business and Social Research, 2014, vol. 4, issue 2, pages 40-49 (with Takyi Harriet and Emmanuel Kwabena Anin); The Level of Stakeholders’ Participation in the District Education Strategic Planning Towards Quality Basic Education: The Case of Salaga Town Council of Ghana, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Vol. 3 No. 14 [Special Issue - July 2013] (with Takyi Harriet and Emmanuel Kwabena Anin)