Reports reaching the editorial desk of newstodaygh.com can confirm that Dr. Sulley Gariba, an evaluation, and governance specialist and former diplomat who once served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada has died at the age of 62 after a short illness, according to family sources.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late statesman.
Dr. Sulley Gariba is a policy analyst and evaluation specialist who served as an advisor to the former president of Ghana John Dramani Mahama. He monitors and evaluates poverty reduction in the Canadian International Development.
He was also widely known within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) circles as a Senior Policy Advisor to the government of the NDC from 2009 to 2017.
Dr. Gariba served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada from 2014 to 2017, and Senior Policy Advisor to the then President Atta Mills where he established the Policy Delivery and Evaluation Unit in the Presidency of Ghana from 2010 to 2014.
He was founding President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and President of the African Evaluation Association.
He advised the first round of the Evaluation of the Paris Declaration; was team leader for the Review of UNDP’s Evaluation Policy; led the evaluation of UNDP’s HIV and AIDS programs in 11 African countries; and designed and delivered training on citizen-based tools for evaluating poverty to over a dozen African Parliaments.
This work is very notable for influencing the reconsideration of youth-led forces demanding accountability for public policies in Africa and using evaluative tools to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices.
He was on the Board of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation, a member of the Evaluation Advisory Panel of AGRA, and on the Technical Advisory Panel of the UNICEF Evaluation Office.
He established the Institute for Policy Alternatives, a policy think tank and research organization based in Ghana.
Dr. Sulley Gariba holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Development from Carleton University, Ottawa, 1989 and an M.A., Political Science and International Relations from the same university after his B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, the University of Ghana in 1981.