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Educational Background and Professional Progression
Prof. Stephen Owusu Kwankye is a demographer by training and holds a PhD degree in Population Studies from the University of Ghana’s Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) where he had earlier obtained MA and MPhil degrees in the same field of study. His areas of specialisation are adolescent sexual and reproductive health and child migration.
Prior to being appointed as an academic faculty member at RIPS, he worked at the Population Impact Project (PIP), an outreach programme of the University of Ghana located at the Department of Geography and Resource Development. At PIP, he had a unique opportunity to work with eminent demographers and population scientists in Ghana to engage policy makers and decision makers in the country on population and development interrelationships advocacy. He rose to become an Associate Project Director of PIP between January 1996 and April 2011. While at PIP, he was actively involved in the dissemination of both the national Population Policy of Ghana (Revised Edition, 1994) and the Adolescent Reproductive Health Policy of Ghana across the length and breadth of Ghana targeting national, regional and district level decision makers. He has published extensively on migration (particularly child migration), adolescent/youth reproductive health, population and development interrelationships, fertility and demographic data collection.
He worked with the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana to produce the National Migration Policy for Ghana and is currently working with a team from the same centre to produce a national Diaspora Engagement Policy for Ghana which is almost ready for adoption. He was the consultant that prepared the PPAG’s Strategic Plan, 2016-2020 which is currently being implemented. He was also one of the lead consultants that developed the National Population Council’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2024. He is a member of the Union of Africa Population Studies (UAPS) and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He has attended and presented several scientific research papers at many national and international research conferences and serves as a reviewer to the Population Studies Journal and the Ghana Social Science Journal.
He also coordinated and implemented a number of important reproductive health research projects including serving as Principal Investigator for the Ghana Sustainable Change Project (GSCP) Research on reproductive health in seven regions in Ghana and “The Oxytocin Initiative: Exploring use of uterotonic substances at or around birth in three regions in Ghana”. He also prepared a report for CARE International, Ghana on “Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Youth and Family Planning in Ghana with a focus on Ashanti Region” in 2009. He was also the Principal Investigator of the “Barriers to Condom Use in Ghana Study” in 2011. Furthermore, he was the lead researcher on the preparation of the “Children, Adolescents and Young People in Ghana” and “Urbanisation in Ghana” Monographs for the Ghana Statistical Service based on the 2010 Population and Housing Census.
Prof. Stephen Owusu Kwankye currently works as an Associate Professor at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) at the University of Ghana, Legon with 21 years of experience where he coordinates the PhD Studies Programme. He was appointed Acting Director of RIPS from October 1, 2001 to January 3, 2006. He also became the Institute’s Deputy Director from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2011. He lectures courses on sources of demographic data, evaluation and adjustment, population estimation and projections at the Institute in addition to research methods in migration at the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana where he is a member of the Centre’s Inter-Faculty Group. Between April 2011 and April 2014, he was appointed to serve as Executive Director (on secondment from the University of Ghana) of the National Population Council (NPC) Secretariat, Accra, Ghana and in that capacity had the opportunity to coordinate population-related programmes in the country and to advise the President of the Republic of Ghana on population issues as they impact development. He also led Ghana’s delegation to the United Nations Sessions on the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) during the three years he was the Executive Director of the NPC. Again, while at the NPC, he served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghana AIDS Commission. He was also appointed to serve as member of the Pentecost University College Council since January 2014.
He is currently a member of the University of Ghana Academic Board and the Academic Board of the College of Humanities of the same university. He also serves as a member of the Board of the School of Graduate Studies as well as a member of the Security Committee of the University of Ghana.
Other Interests, Including Family Life
Prof. Stephen Owusu Kwankye is a devoted Christian and an active member of The Church of Pentecost where he serves as an Elder and a Marriage Counsellor of his Local Assembly. Between 2011 and 2015, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Pentecost Vocational Training Centre, New Gbawe, Accra as well as Area Deacon of The Church of Pentecost, Odorkor Area, Accra, during the same period. He also was appointed as Deputy Director of the Pentecost Men’s Ministry of the church from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015. He has since September 1, 2015 been appointed as the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost’s Finance Board. He is married with one wife and four children made up of a son and three daughters. He enjoys driving and listening to gospel music.
His Interest in PPAG as a Volunteer
Prof. Stephen Osusu Kwankye joined PPAG’s Council as a co-opted member in 2016. He has not had much experience as a volunteer although he has had long working relations with PPAG in his earlier positions both at the University of Ghana’s PIP, RIPS and the NPC. As a researcher with special interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and an advocate in this area, his expectation is for PPAG to work actively with all partners to ensure that at all levels of development planning in Ghana, sexual and reproductive health particularly among adolescents is integrated to address the reproductive health needs of young people in Ghana as the nation’s valuable future human resource.