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Policy expert and Diplomat Dr. Sulley Gariba is dead


An evaluation and governance specialist and former diplomat who served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada Dr. Sulley Gariba has passed on, has confirmed from close family sources.

Details of his death are sketchy but it is confirmed that he died late this evening surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness.
Tributes have been pouring in for him.

Dr. Sulley Garba is widely known within the National Democratic Congress circles as a Senior Policy to the government of the NDC from 2009 to 2017.

Dr. Garba holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Development from Carleton University, Ottawa, 1989 and an M.A., Political Science and International Relations from same university after his B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, University of Ghana in 1981.

Dr. Sulley served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada from 2014 to 2017, and Senior Policy Advisor to the then President Atta Mills where he established the Policy Delivery and Evaluation Unit in the Presidency of Ghana from 2010 to 2014.  

In the field of evaluation, knowledge management and learning, Sulley is a leader in the international evaluation movement.

He was founding President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and President of the African Evaluation Association. 

He advised the first round of the Evaluation of the Paris Declaration; was team leader for the Review of UNDP’s Evaluation Policy; led the evaluation of UNDP’s HIV and AIDS programs in 11 African countries; and designed and delivered training on citizen-based tools for evaluating poverty to over a dozen African Parliaments.

He has led the research, learning, and training initiatives on Evaluating Collective Action Movements in Africa, using the results to train five youth-led collective action movements across Africa.

This work is influencing the reconsideration of youth-led forces demanding accountability for public policies in Africa, and using evaluative tools to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices.  

He was on the Board of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (3ie), a member of the Evaluation Advisory Panel of AGRA, and on the Technical Advisory Panel of the UNICEF Evaluation Office. 

He established the Institute for Policy Alternatives, a policy think tank and research organization based in Ghana.


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