Stephanie Kumah is a Program Officer supporting civic and voter education programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo at Counterpart International.  In this capacity, Ms. Kumah provides technical and programmatic assistance to local staff across seven offices.

Prior to Counterpart, Ms. Kumah supported education programming in Northern Nigeria, overseeing a grants portfolio of over three dozen local partners.  In this role, Ms. Kumah supported the technical design of education programming in conflict-affected contexts across Sub-Saharan Africa.  As a member of USAID’s Education in Crisis & Conflict Network, Ms. Kumah played an instrumental role in establishing indicators to improve the measurement of safety in conflict-affected settings as part of the Safer Learning Environments Working Group.

Previously, at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, Ms. Kumah provided analysis on the nexus between security and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Published in the Journal of Development Studies, Ms. Kumah is the co-author of ‘Democracy or Accountability? Governance and Social Spending in Africa.’  Ms. Kumah currently sits on a roundtable for implementers exploring best practices for democracy and governance programming in fragile and conflict affected environments.

Ms. Kumah is a fluent French speaker.

Education

  • MSc, Migration Studies University of Oxford, Oxford, England
  • BA, French and Government The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
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