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James Kwesi Quarshie





James Kwesi Quarshie

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where I studied Agribusiness Management. To date, I have contributed to NGOs and development organizations with various projects in Ghana, such as IDinsight, IPA and Butterfly Effect Ghana. Several of the research projects aim to improve access to quality education and healthcare in Ghanaian communities. At IDinsight, I contributed to an evaluation project that sought to strengthen implementation and improve the social impact of the government’s Free Senior High School policy, a program that is presently reaching over 1.2 million students across the country. At IPA, I contributed to the “Quality Pre-school for Ghana” (QP4G) and “Strengthening Teachers’ Accountability to Reach All Students” (STARS) projects. I am passionate about using data and evidence to inform public policy and improve social impact.

Now, I am conducting my own research project with the Leaders of Africa Institute. The project seeks to critically investigate tertiary education and graduate employability in Africa and find out whether tertiary education programming in Africa can indeed solve the continent’s unemployment problem. My passion lies in bringing together academic research and social impact to improve higher education programming, employability, and social wellbeing. My experience at Leaders of Africa Institute has been helpful in preparing me to adopt a more rigorous and professional approach to my research work.


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