Dr. Akwetey is the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG). He is a Political Scientist with a PhD degree in Comparative Politics and International Development obtained at the Stockholms Universitet in Sweden. He graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with Sociology, Second Class Upper. Prior to relocating to Accra from Stockholm, he was research fellow and lecturer at Stockholms Universitet for several years.
At IDEG, Dr. Akwetey has not only led the design and successful implementation of multi-year cutting-edge policy research and advocacy programs but also path-breaking interface capacity-building projects. He has also provided intellectual leadership and pioneered reform-oriented and innovative engagement on peace and stability issues pertaining to the consolidation of democracy, strengthening developmental governance and building interface capacities and enabling environments, to improve State institutions and actors on a broad range at the national, regional, continental and global levels.
He provided technical assistance to the National Peace Council, Manhyia Palace and the National House of Chiefs, as well as the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) in pioneering the signing of ‘Electoral Peace Pacts’ in presidential and parliamentary elections. Since then the signing of electoral peace pacts has been championed by the African Union, ECOWAS and the UN and replicated in several African countries.
Currently Dr. Akwetey and IDEG are promoting the concept of developmental political parties and transformational economic and social development within the next 30 years in Africa. They have spearheaded the advocacy of constitutional reforms which would reform local government and democratically devolve Executive power and resources to enable political parties to accelerate peaceful, stable and sustainable economic and social development in Ghana and across other African countries within the next 30 years.
Dr. Akwetey has been consulted on democracy and development by the UNDP in Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana. He played technical advisory roles in the formulation and implementation of Ghana’s National Governance Programme (2002-2005), Nigeria’s Democratic Governance for Development Project (2011) and the Liberia Governance Commission’s post-elections 2018 transition management program (2016).
In September 2010, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth appointed him to the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) that advised on the reform of the Commonwealth. He was the representative of Commonwealth Africa and was highly commended for his contribution to the work of the EPG. He has served as a member of the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the African Development Bank and a member of the Governing Council of the Global Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). He is currently serving as an advisor to Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional integration.
Dr. Akwetey has to his credit the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice in Ghana, (Feb 2015); and the Millennium Excellence Awards for Democratic Development in Ghana (Dec 2010), among others.