Maralitha Care Foundation - Board Member - Mrs Joana Adzoa Opare

Board Member

Mrs Joana Adzoa Opare

Gender Director / International Advisor

Joana Adzoa Opare (Mrs) is a seasoned International Social and Gender consultant with practical experience in Rapid
assessments, Monitoring & Evaluation, General Research, Strategic Planning, Programme and Project development, Jointprogramming, Advocacy, Training, facilitating and coordinating projects/programmes for governments and Development Partners.
Joana has thirty (30) years of experience in development work; twenty (20) of which are exclusively in Gender, Social Development
and Peace-building. She has worked with a number of bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners, national women’s
machineries, civil society organisations and the private sector in advisory, programme management and M&E roles.


Joana who currently chairs the National Technical Committee for the promulgation of Affirmative Action Law for Ghana was a
member of the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs from 2008 – 20012. She also worked as
the Social and Gender Expert and Access Project Lead with the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) from July 2013 – July
2014. Her work with MiDA entailed providing consultancy Services to the MCA Ghana Compact II Project Development Team
through defining the key cross-cutting issues that must underline and drive the gender inclusiveness and mainstreaming into a
Reform Agenda as the centre-piece focused on the Power Sector. She was also responsible for providing the necessary technical
support towards designing of the ‘Improving Access to Electricity Project’ under the Compact II Project.


As National Programme Co-ordinator for the UN Joint Programme for Promoting Gender Equality in Ghana for five years, Joana
was responsible for management of core Programme activities and also funds for a DfID/CIDA/UNDP initiative in support of Civil
Society to promote women’s participation in Ghana’s 2004 Parliamentary Elections. She also monitored activities and managed
funds from US State Department of Law and Narcotics on behalf of UNDP for CSOs implementation of interventions on Violence
Against Women. She supervised Programme staff to implement several activities leading to the successful implementation of the
Programme comprising 3 participating UN Agencies and 15 national Implementing Partners.


Joana has worked for the UN System and other development partners in a number of West African countries including the Gambia,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal and in all the 10 regions of Ghana covering several Municipalities,
Districts and rural communities. Her experience with local economic development/livelihood issues includes the assessment,
design/formulation, monitoring and evaluation of projects including SMEs and Agricultural-oriented small scale enterprises and
large projects like the Ghana Commercial Agric. Project (USAID/World Bank, and several others for the UN System in general.

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