Mary- Bio Mary Awelana Addah is at the forefront of the anticorruption debate in Ghana, as the Programmes Manager of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International. Mrs. Addah holds an MA in Development Studies and has several years of experience working with civil society in advocating for institutional and systemic changes that ultimately lead to improving national integrity system. She previously worked with the Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition (GTLC), the Centre for Community and Social Development (CENCOSAD) and the Ghana Education Service, her work has largely focused on governance, research, anti-corruption, education, project management, coordination and monitoring and evaluation including the empowerment of socially excluded groups at state and non-state levels.

Mrs Addah is currently responsible for programmes concept development and design, technical proposal writing, project implementation and project management. She also has expertise in project monitoring and evaluation, multi stakeholder processes gender analysis, and has recently lead the development and publishing of GII’s first gender publication on women and anti-corruption, which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. Mary has special expertise in Participatory Videoing (PV). She has certificates in Multi-Stakeholder Processes and Social Learning and Role of Civil Society in Aid effectiveness awarded by Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the DANIDA fellowship Centre respectively. She has additional certificates in CSO leadership Development programme organised by BUSARA with funding from STAR-Ghana and another from the Global Partnership for Social Accountability on ‘fostering strategic social accountability’ and other short courses on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Project proposal development and anti-corruption.

Mary is passionate about issues of women, the youth, corruption, and how they impact the economy, especially marginalised groups, and looks forward to opportunities to collaborate on developmental programmes. Mary is currently a Board member of the Youth Development, Research and Innovation Centre (YOUDRIC) and serves on several groups and associations in various capacities.