Rasheed Draman is Executive Director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA). He has been actively engaged in Institutional, Parliamentary, Public Financial Management, Evaluation and Governance issues for the past fifteen years. He has carried out pioneering work with more than 30 Parliaments and governments in Africa (including the Pan-African and ECOWAS Parliaments) and other Parliaments around the world. In 2004, he set up the Parliamentary Centre’s Africa Office in Accra, Ghana; set up the African Parliamentary Network on Poverty Reduction; and revived the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC) with Secretariat based in Accra as well as the West African Association of Public Accounts Committees (WAAPAC) and currently hosts the Secretariat in Ghana.
He conceptualized, developed and led the implementation of numerous multi-million dollar governance/parliamentary support projects; has conducted needs assessments of a number of Parliaments in Africa; helped a number of African Parliaments in their Strategic Planning; designed and delivered training to MPs and staff in the budget process, social accountability, financial oversight, oversight of the extractives sector and poverty reduction. He has published on these subjects.
He holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and has taught courses on Development and Conflict at that University and been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard University. He has served as the Director of Africa Programs at the Parliamentary Centre between 2006 and 2013. He has also served as a Consultant for the Africa Branch and the Multilateral Programs Branch of CIDA in Canada.