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United Network For Integrated Development

UNIDPM—A Premium Socioeconomic Investment Network

UNIDPM/United Network for Integrated Development Planning and Management is a registered NGO in Ghana.

UNIDPM’s programmatic areas include education, governance, media, and issues associated with human settlements & the built environment.

We are also your local partners for international development programming in Ghana; for example, we served as the local programming partner for IREX’s Teachers in Global Classrooms (TGC) program in Ghana during its three-year tenure in Ghana.

UNIDPM is continually and/or currently developing programming in the areas of literacy, special education, innovative design and policy analysis for urban spaces, education research, and media coverage covering the topic of governance.

To the above ends we are pursuing and building partnerships - for example Learned and Laughter ,ALCS, LEAP Transmedia, and www.eggmagazine.net, to name a few of our programming prospects.

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About Us

Our Mission Statement Includes the Following Goals & Objectives:

To collaborate closely with governments and civic institutions on the continent of Africa to enhance the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance

 To collaborate with and engage corporations in devising and implementing philanthropic initiatives in the communities in which they operate.

To design and implement programs and projects in the areas of: 

  • Human welfare (health and education),
  • Environmental stewardship,
  • Civic governance and community development
  • Media and public information
  • Cultural celebration and preservation
  • Peace building & conflict resolution, and
  • Economic enterprise promotion in individuals, organizations, and communities

To mobilize resources and solicit support from local and international institutions, agencies as well as individuals towards the implementation of UNIDPM's programs and the achievement of its aims and objectives.

Programs and Activities

Our past, present and future programing roster includes:

 ESLIGC/English as a Second Language in Global Classrooms: A study abroad program in Ghana for American ESL college students

 SETGEP/Special Education Teachers’ Global Education Program: A capacity building program for Ghana Education Service teachers in the area of special education

 Buildberg: A built environment collective that tasks itself to tackle human settlement design and policy problems and opportunities

 Teachers in Global Classrooms: An international placement program for American high school teachers in Ghana’s classrooms, a partnership with IREX

Legislative Education & Apprenticeship Program: A youth leadership program in the area of governance

The provision of capacity building technical support to the Ghana Education Service’s CRDD/Curriculum, Research & Development Division  

The Administration Team

Ekem Amonoo-Lartson is the Founding Board Member as well as the Executive Director of UNIDPM. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Ghana Institute of Planners. Ekem has served as the Deputy Chief of Party for the EQUALL Project in Ghana, as the Programs Director for the Center for Neighborhood Development in Knoxville in Tennessee and as the Global Education Coordinator for the world-renowned Highlander Center in New Market, Tennessee. Ekem has also worked in countries like Gambia and Tanzania and Nigeria and Sierra Leone. He has also served as an international development consultant to many agencies and organizations.

Chris Dowuona-Hammond is an experienced education sector operative and functionary. He has decades of work experience with the Ghana Education Service (GES); he has served as a Municipal Director of Education, to cite but one example. Chris has served as the coordinator of the EQUALL Project’s Literacy Support Initiative and also as a liaison between the GES and USAID

Fatahiya Sumaila is a graduate of the University of Ghana. She has been active in the NGO sector with organizations such as Ark Foundation as well as engaged in consulting support work with firms such as ALCS.

 

 The Buildberg Team

BUILDBERG is a collective of built environment professionals operating under the umbrella of the UNITED NETWORK FOR INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT

PLANNING & MANAGEMENT/UNIDPM. Buildberg comprises architects, engineers, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, among others. Buildberg tackles built environment issues, challenges and/or projects. Our efforts are designed to devise innovative solutions, probe unique opportunities, and arrest persistent issues associated with Ghana’s built environment, urban spaces, and human settlements. Our projects include the Early Childhood Resource Center

Esther Dufie Amponsah holds a bachelor’s degree holder in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics from Cape Coast University and has completed a foundation course in Hardware/Networking Engineering at IPMC. Esther has skills in financial data collection, financial report preparation, entry and report generation, stock taking, contract administration, pricing bill of quantities, preparation of tender documents, standard method of measurement (SMM7), valuation and cost estimation.

Nana Sarpong Agyeman-Badu holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He also has a postgraduate certificate in Business Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Nana’s specialties include structural engineering, development engineering, environmental quality engineering, water resources engineering, water and waste water engineering and ground engineering. He also has skills in ArcsGIS, AutoCAD, STAAD Pro, EPANET as well as GPS instruments and survey instruments.

Sharron Geraldine Quartey holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Her areas of expertise include, but  are not limited to, the preparation of project proposals and project reports, the designing of survey instruments like questionnaires and interview guidelines, data collection, input and output analysis, map updating and report reviewing for projects. She has worked on and done research for a number of projects such as the reparation of the Sekondi-Takoradi Plan, the Review of Tema Development Corporation’s Master Plan, the Demarcation and Protection of Right of Ways (Rows) on Major Arterial Roads in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, the Preparation of Sub-Regional Development Framework for the Western Region and a Special Study on the  Determinants of Housing Maintenance Culture in the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly: A case study of Gyenyase, Ayeduase and Ayiga Zongo”.

Kodwo Beedu Keelson holds master and bachelor degrees from the Technical University of Denmark and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology respectively. His fields of interest include solid waste management planning, landfill emission modeling, GIS-based river floodplain modeling, hydrological modeling, water distribution network modeling sanitary and storm water modeling and climate change modeling. He has also done research on projects such as the Landfill Engineering Research Project (LERP), the GhanHydro-Database Project and Accra Urban Drainage Modeling Project (AUDMP). Kodwo is a regular contributor to local and international journals, some of which are the International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Management, Ghana Water Forum Journal and Ghana Engineer Magazine. He is a Top 10 Award Winner of Ghana Development Marketplace, an initiative organized by the World Bank and theGovernment of Ghana for Innovative Business Solutions in Solid Waste Management.

Emmanuel Baffoe-Ashun has is a master’s and bachelor’s degree holder in Architecture both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Emmanuel is proficient in Microsoft Windows Applications, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Coral Draw and Adobe Photoshop.

Frances Osei-Akuamoah holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Coast and also has a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management. Frances has knowledge in environmental sociology, conservation biology, environmental economics, ecosystem analysis, biostatics, physical geography and cartography and hazard and risk assessment. Her areas of expertise also include waste segregation management, environmental report writing, occupational noise management and coordinating environmental management activities.

Kojo Kagyah is an artisan of bespoke wood and metal fabrications which include shelter construction, furniture and cabinetry, signage and ornamental ironwork.

Anna Korkor Caeser holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Architecture. She has software design skills in Autodesk Revit and Adobe. She is self-employed, freelance architect.

Maame Adwoa Prempeh is currently enrolled at the African Design Center. She is also a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Maame has good knowledge and use in Revit, 3D Max and Adobe Photoshop. 

Ekem Amonoo-Lartson is the founding Board Member and Executive Director of UNIDPM as well as the creator of the Buildberg Initiative. He has extensive experience in international development practice and policy, having worked with or served as a consultant to organizations such the FAO and UNDP as well as World Education and Monrovia City Corporation. Ekem has also served as a regional and infrastructure planner for the East Tennessee Development District and as a Senior Planner with Wake County’s Planning Department. Ekem has also served on the National Executive Committee of the Ghana Institute of Planners. He holds a master of science in Planning and a bachelor of Liberal Arts in International Relations and International development as well as certificates in water distribution, wastewater collection and transportation.

Contact

Postal Address :   P.O. Box CO 1659, Tema, Ghana

Contact No       :   +233243255947

Email                 :   unidpm@gmail.com