Dr. Franklin Oduro

Ethiopia Country Director

Franklin formally assumed the NDI Ethiopia Office Country Directorship position beginning in 2022. Prior to this, he was the pioneer program director for electoral support component activities when he joined the Ethiopia NDI field team. Since 2019 he has led and directed all aspects of NDI's citizen observer support programs mobilizing civil society partners and institutions to engender inclusive and participatory governance and systematic citizen election observation methodologies. Franklin’s career spans over 20 years in international development managing and implementing democracy, governance, elections, transitional justice, and national reconciliation and peacebuilding programs. Over this period, his career has been devoted to supporting inclusive civil society and marginalized populations' participation in democratic processes. He began his career at the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), Accra, Ghana rising to the position of deputy executive director and also served in expert capacities with NDI in Nigeria and Liberia between 2010 and 2019. In Ethiopia, he led NDI's technical and financial support to Ethiopia's civil society coalitions and networks significantly contributing to strengthening civil society participation in election monitoring, increasing policy advocacy by marginalized groups, increasing the participation of women in politics, including innovative approaches to preventing Violence Against Women in Elections (VAW-E) and improved governance and management practices of civil society organizations. Dr. Oduro studied political science at the University of Ghana and obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from Carleton University, Canada.

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