Godson Aloryito joined IBP in 2021 as the Budget Credibility Program Officer for Ghana. He has rich experience in Public Finance Analysis and Advocacy in Fiscal Transparency and Accountability. Prior to joining IBP, he worked as Resident Economist and Coordinator of the Economic Governance Platform, a CSOs’ coalition which influenced the design of Ghana’s recent stabilization program with the IMF by securing social protection programs and mainstreamed CSOs’ monitoring of their implementation as well as key structural fiscal reforms.
Godson recently, initiated and facilitated structured grassroot CSOs dialogue and advocacy with donor agencies such as the World Bank to promote social inclusion and citizens’ feedback on donor-funded projects in Ghana. He has consulted for the Institute of Development Studies, the World Bank and supported the commencement of SPARK in Ghana as a consultant.
Godson holds a B.A. and MPhil degrees in Economics from the University of Ghana and is currently a PhD candidate in Finance at the University of Ghana.
Joan has worked in the development sector for almost 25 years working mostly with non-governmental organizations in different roles. She has experience developing projects from conceptualization through implementation to project closure. Her particular strengths lie in multi-sectoral advocacy, having led advocacy projects at national, regional and international levels.
Her particular passion is facilitating economic empowerment and leadership opportunities for women and girls, sustainable corporate governance for CSO’s/NGOs and capacity building for local non-governmental organisations.
Prior to joining IBP in May 2020, she worked as a Consultant Grants Manager for the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund, co-funded by the MacArthur Foundation and another anonymous donor. She also worked for 9 years with the African Women’s Development Fund as Donor Liaison Specialist, where she successfully led a USD $1.6 million Gates Foundation-funded regional advocacy initiative for the prioritization of family planning as a means of ensuring women’s health and economic development in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and also as Resource Mobilisation Manager in Plan Ghana between 2004 and 2008.
Joan holds a First Degree Sociology with Spanish and an MBA in Human Resource Management both from the University of Ghana, Legon and certificates in Advertising, PR and Marketing. She is a Certified Trainer in the AFP Smart Advocacy Tool.
Patrick Stephenson joined IBP in October 2020, as a Senior Program Officer for the IBP Ghana office where he’ll be working closely with agency groups and budget advocacy organizations to build partnerships for making budgets effective for service delivery, while strengthening public financial management systems in Ghana.
Most recently, Patrick was the head of policy research for an Accra based policy think tank, where he worked to hold governments accountable for the design and implementation of credible policies. Prior to that, he was the economic research analyst for First Atlantic Bank, providing market insights to guide the strategic positioning of the Bank in Ghana. Patrick has private consulting experience ranging across 14 African markets on financial and regulatory compliance, market entry strategies, deal structuring and business value propositioning.
Patrick is a Mandela Washington Fellow in Leadership and Civic Engagement, a Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa fellow for practicing journalists, a DANIDA Fellow on Aid Effectiveness in Africa, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper (Accra Hub), and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Finance and Economics from the University of Ghana.