Mr. Emmanuel Sabaa – CEO and President

Mr. Emmanuel Sabaa

Mr. Emmanuel Sabaa is the Chief Executive Officer of our CRRECENT Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree and a MBA, an Accountant and Financial Analyst. He is a co-founding Director of CRRECENT.

He was initially a part-time Managing Director from 2004 to 2010 and later designated as Chief Executive Officer of the CRRECENT group on January 6, 2011. He is entrusted with policy formation, growth and sustainability, and organisation renewal. He also has a responsibility to look after the finances of the organisation and a shared responsibility for fund development. He has extensive background and experience in Taxation, Finance, Strategic Planning, International Business Policy, Research, and Youth and Children Development Strategies.

He taught at the public junior and senior high school levels, lectured ICA Ghana Students in Taxation, and was associate partner in Kufuor and Associates Chartered Accounts and the Managing Director of KAK Management Services. For 25 years, he was a member of the board of directors of Acheampong Memorial Specialist Hospital in Accra. Currently, he is board member of a children’s focused programme (CEF) in Tema, Ghana.

His leadership abilities have been instrumental in leading the core team of our organisation.

Mrs. Susan Sabaa – Executive Director

Mrs Susan Sabaa

Mrs Susan Sabaa has worked for the past twenty three years with and for children (girls and boys) and young people in Ghana. She was the national coordinator of the Ghana NGO Coalition on the rights of the child for close to 10 years (1999-2008) and coordinated the activities of over 100 child-focused non-governmental organizations nation-wide on diverse issues and their gender perspectives across sectors (education, health, labour, protection, welfare, justice, rights). She has experience in project and programme management, research and advocacy on behalf of children.

She co-founded Child Research and Resource Centre(CRRECENT) and has done extensive research work (qualitative quantitative methods) for  special  areas  in child rights, protection, violence against girls, education, juvenile justice, youth empowerment, child labour among others in Ghana. She partnered the Institute of Education (University of London) to conduct a three year longitudinal study on violence against girls in school which delved into fundamental rights and child protection issues in education, barriers and solutions through policy and programmatic interventions(Actionaid International support). She was a lead in child rights situational analysis and mapping of gaps in almost all sectors where children’s issues can be located in Ghana. She also led in conducting consultancies in research (baseline, action research, assessments, desk top reviews, mappings) for both local and international organisations on child rights and protection issues.

On programmatic interventions, she has been carrying out a structured re-integration of discharged juvenile offenders in the country since 2011 with remarkable results which have been acknowledged and awarded by Sophie Stenberk Foundation (Sweden, 2015). She has worked in the Ghanaian school environment, rural and urban settings on issues that impact on children and youth with gender perspectives. Notably among these is the implementation of girls empowerment programmes through community and school based interventions in 50 communities across three districts with support from Plan International Ghana(2011-2015), and currently implementing Girls Advocacy Alliance Programme against Child Marriage under Plan International support.

 She has been managing the child and youth policy advocacy forum that has discussed thematic issues on juvenile justice, educational policies in Ghana, child marriage and political party manifestos on child protection from its inception in 2009 to date

 Mrs Sabaa possesses skills in training and delivery of presentations at all levels, in planning, implementing and coordinating development programmes/projects. She led the first ever training (1999-2000) in child rights  and child rights programming in the country for over 100 NGOs and CBOs working on children. She also facilitated training programmes organised by the Department of Social Welfare for managers and care givers of children’s homes and orphanages, proprietors and caregivers in crèches and nurseries in Ghana.

She has served on the National Multi-sectoral Committee on Child Protection chaired by the Chief Justice of Ghana and hosted by the Department of Children with support from UNICEF (2002-2007). Between 2004- 2006, she led the activation and implementation of the Child Panel provision in the Children’s Act throughout the country with support from Save the Children, Sweden (Dakar office). She led in the presentation of a paper on the child panels to the then Chief Justice George Acquah which resulted in the establishment of about 40 panels in 40 districts.

She served on the committee of experts that facilitated the formulation of the child and family welfare policy and the justice for children policy. She is a member of the Social Protection Sector Working Group Chaired by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection; one of a five-member team commissioned by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection to assess the processes in the issuance of child care and child placement orders in Ghana (2014).

She serves on the OVC Committee (now Better Care for Children Committee) and the Stakeholder Committee for Juvenile Justice, both under the Department of Social Welfare.

She served on National Early Childhood Care and Development  Coordinating Committee(2005-2015) hosted by the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

On the international front, she was part of  the African Partnership’s Technical Working Group on Evidence and Knowledge Building (based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), tasked to support the Partnership Secretariat to deliver on cross country and cross regional collaboration and learning (January 2018)

Mrs Sabaa represented Civil Society Organisations and NGOs at the 2nd Pan-African Forum on Children, Mid Term Review Process in Cairo, Egypt in 2007. In 2005, she epresented West African NGO Coalitions in Peru, South America to review the 16 years of existence of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In that same year, she led the Civil Society Team in Ghana to present and defend the NGO Report to the UN Committee on the rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland.

Efua Edith Chidi – Projects/Communication

Efua Edith Chidi

Efua Edith Chidi (nee Hiagbe) is a Communication Specialist, Gender Advocate and Feminist with over 20 years’ experience in communication and development practice with global, regional and national development agencies. She is currently the Co-Convener of the Civil Society Organizations Cluster on Decentralization and Citizen’s Participation (comprising 78 CSOs).  She is  the Communication Lead and a Project Manager of the organization.

Together with my project team, we have successfully implemented programs such as, “Girls Advocacy Alliance, Girls Power Project, Girls Leadership and Participation in Governance, Juvenile Justice, Youth Parliament and Inclusive Citizen’s Participation in Local Governance over the past two years.

Prior to joining CRRECENT, she served in the Corporate Affairs Department of the Northern Development Authority (NDA) then known as the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and also SOS Children’s Villages Ghana. At SOS Children’s Villages Ghana, she was tasked with gathering data and writing impact stories that impacted learning and promoted organizational values.

Over the years, she provided effective leadership, built trust, promoted a management culture that is supportive, empowering and collaborative in managing and coaching state project staff and partners across all project areas. She is an upwardly mobile individual with a natural sense of responsibility and reliability, proven expertise in managing and reporting on donor funds while ensuring projects are delivered within scope, budget and time frame.

Efua is a trusted manager with excellent skills in Analysis, Interpersonal relations, Teamwork, Leadership, Enthusiasm and Personal Drive, Management and Organization; willing to learn, have the ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines, Conflict Management and Resolution, pay attention to details and loves taking initiatives.  She injects intensity, passion and energy into every project

She is a product of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Public Service School and the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

Andrew Boafo Afari

Afari Boafo Andrew is a highly self-motivated, enthusiastic, good team player with strong leadership, excellent interpersonal relationship and communication skills. He is proactive, innovative with an analytical mind, has an eye for detail, focused, independent, and willing to learn.

Andrew graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a B.A (Hons) in Sociology and Social Work. Prior to CRRECENT, Andrew worked with COCOBOD for his national service. He is trained in project management, monitoring and evaluation and NGO management.

He has been working with CRRECENT since 2011 as a Project Officer on the Juvenile Justice Project. His focus is working with ex-inmates (juvenile offenders) for successful re-integration into society. In addition, he supports the accounts department in the management of accounts and other financials.