Hajia Alima Mahama

Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana



As a lawyer, development planner, trainer, public servant and consultant, she has developed strong leadership skills to respond to challenges at different levels and circumstances in the areas of policy advice and strategic leadership. She has had 13 years of experience as senior planner and gender/development coordinator. Between 2001 and 2008, she served in the government of John Agyekum Kufuor, firstly as the Minister for Women and Children Affairs; Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry; and Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development. In the latter appointment, she directed and coordinated the development of the comprehensive policy and plan of action on decentralization for Ghana, and was responsible for the World Bank supported Urban Infrastructure Development Program. She is Member of Parliament since 2005.

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