Franklin CUDJOE is founding President and CEO of IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a think-tank which sets out to achieve its mission by subjecting any government policy that is likely to have systematic implications for development to basic ‘value for money’, ‘due diligence’ and ‘rational choice’, ‘public choice’ and ‘vested interest’ analysis and then actively engage in public advocacy to publicize the results, with a view to promoting peace and prosperity through human flourishing.
IMANI has been consistently ranked among the top 10 think tanks in Africa and among the top 100 worldwide, out of a pool of nearly 10,000 organisations.
Cudjoe is a frequent commentator in print and international broadcast media about Africa’s development including appearances on BBC, CBC, Swiss and Swedish National TV, Austrian National Radio and varied local Ghanaian media, and has been published or quoted severally in London’s Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal (all three versions), Bangkok Post, Japan Times, South Africa’s Business Day and the Cape Times, Rwanda Times, Kenya’s Business Daily, Nigeria’s This Day, Washington Times, El Mercurio (Chile), La Republica (Costa Rica),the Ottawa Citizen, the San Francisco Chronicle, Netzeitung Voice Of Germany.
He has won two John Templeton Foundation awards for advancing the institutional foundations of the free society in 2006 and the inaugural Antony & Dorian Fisher $100,000 award for the most innovative and dynamic African think tank. He has been cited in the UK House of Commons’ debate on aid and development in Africa and by South Africa’s Supreme Court Judge on patents and intellectual property in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Cudjoe debated sitting Tanzanian President Mkapa on globalisation in 2005 . In 2010, Cudjoe led the World Bank Ghana-Africa region‘s task force to help shape the World Bank’s strategy for Africa for 2010-13. In 2010 Franklin was consulted by the U.K’s Prime Minister’s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa.
He is co-author of “The Water Revolution: Practical Solutions to Water Scarcity” International Policy Network press, 2006 “Peace and Prosperity through World Trade “and “Subsidizing Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapies: A Preliminary Investigation of the Affordable Medicines Facility – Malaria” .
Cudjoe is one of nine African think tank leaders and Commissioners of “The Zimbabwe Papers”, a blueprint which examines the causes of Zimbabwe’s social and economic problems and offers urgent and practical reform that will enable the country to become a thriving, peaceful and prosperous country.
Cudjoe was an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K., an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training programme. He has a B.Sc. in Land Economy from KNUST. In 2010 Cudjoe was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was named a fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012, and the only named Think Tank Leader in “Top 50 Africans” List of the respected Africa Report Magazine in 2012. He is a member of the 2015 Class of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), an initiative of the Aspen Institute.Cudjoe currently sits on the Danish International Development Agency’s sounding board for private sector, advising on a $ 75m private sector support to Ghana.
Cudjoe was chosen by the Australian Government for its 2015 Special Visitor’s programme. He was sponsored to visit five cities in Australia meeting important government, business and community leaders. In 2015, Cudjoe was one of four African civil society leaders (out of 16 globally) selected by the IMF for its 2015 Civil Society Fellows Programme as part of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings.