ARDO has permanent staff strength of four and three volunteers who work directly under the Unit Heads on specific schedules. ARDO also relies basically on volunteers found in the communities who serve as links between the Organization and the Communities or groups.
BACKGROUNG OF MANAGEMENT OR CORE STAFF
Henry Kwesi, Akley – Executive Director
Holds a Diploma in Adults Education from the University of Ghana. He is also a professional teacher with eleven years teaching experience. He has a certificate in Group Facilitation Methods and Participatory Strategic Planning and has work both in Ghana and abroad. Benefited from several workshops on forest governance organized by Forest Watch Ghana. He was the Project Officer with The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)-Ghana. He was in charge of Enhancing Rural Development Project; promoting income generating ventures and women rights for nine years, sponsored by Misereor-Germany. He coordinated ICA-Ghana and American Jewish World Services (AJWS) volunteer programmes for six years. He was also in-charge of microfinance for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Kpando, Afadzato South and Hohoe municipalities. He is in-charge of the day-to-day activities of the organization.
He derives his strength from seeing communities adopt strategic participatory planning towards their community and personal development.
Pascal Benson, Atiglah – Sustainable Environmental & Alternative Livelihood Management
Pascal holds a Masters degree in Agriculture Science Education and a Bachelor of Education, Agricultural Science option with special interest in forest plantation establishment and management. He has several trainings and workshops in Conservation, Climate Change, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) Forest Laws Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT). He was trained on forest laws by Client Earth-UK and participated in facilitation skills workshop organized by the University of Wolverhampton-UK. Other areas of capacity are Family and Reproductive Health, Nutrition, Healthy Life Style and Non-Communicable Diseases.
Was ARDO’s national focal person on “Preparing for FLEGT licensing: what SMEs need to know about VPA” co-implemented with Domestic Lumber and Traders Association (DOLTA) funded by EU/FAO. He was the Volta regional focal person for Enforcement and Governance for Sustainable Forest Management (CiSoPFLEG) in collaboration with Friends of the Earth – Ghana with funding from the European Union. Was in charge of the education, sensitization and awareness creation of forest fringe communities in the Volta region on Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) Forest Laws Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in collaboration with Civic Response through Forest Watch-Ghana.
Is in charge of the implementing the Conservation of Biodiversity and Integrated Sustainable Livelihood Development for the Enhancement of the Lives of the People of Tafi Mador and Agome on the Weto Range, with funding from Global Environment Facility, UNDP/SGP (COMDEKS Satoyama initiative)
He believes community resources cannot be adequately conserved or managed without the active participation of the local communities
Winfried Daniel, Donkor – Human Security & Organizational Development
Winfried Daniel Donkor holds a Masters degree in Adult Education, BSc in Public Administration from University of Ghana, Legon. His desire and passion to promote peace made him undertook foundation courses on Peace Building and Good Governance for African Civilian Personnel at LECIA-Legon. He also did specialization course on Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Reinsertion at LECIA-Legon, International Training of Trainers in Technology of Participation, Phoenix, Arizona-USA. Was also trained in Small Arms and Light Weapons Boarder Security Management at Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPC).
He led in the transformation and peace building between the Krachi traditional authority and the Moslem community in the Krachi traditional area: “Grass Root Security and Peace Building Women Led” funded by Misereor; Catholic Bishops Conference in Germany.
Organized and facilitated several programmes both local and international.
He has fifteen years experience in development work and served in various capacities and programmes and about twelve years in the public sector.
He is the focal person on Election related programmes; in partnership with Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) and Volta – Star Radio (VSR) on “Accelerating Actions towards increasing Citizens’ Especially Women participation in the 2016 General Election and beyond” in the Volta region with support from Star-Ghana and Promoting Electoral Integrity in Ghana, 2016 and Beyond sponsored by European Union
ARDO is in partnership with Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) and Volta – Star Radio (VSR) is implementing a project titled “Accelerating Actions towards increasing Citizens’ Especially Women participation in the 2016 General Election and beyond” in the Volta region with support from Star-Ghana.
“Peace is not by words but the total demonstration of forgiveness even at the instance of innocence”
Selorm Eric Kofi, Saku – Finance & Administration
Holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Coast, Higher National Diploma (HND) Accounting from Ho-Polytechnic and attended several capacity building through in-service trainings and workshops. He is conversant with Spreadsheet, QuickBooks, Tally and Pastel Accounting softwares. Has been in charge of all finances of the projects executed by the Organization from 2008 up to date.
“Integrity is a virtue imbibed through hard work, perseverance and openness”