Director for research and accessibility - Dr. Augustina Naami
Dr. Augustina Naami is a lecturer at the University of Ghana. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor. at the University of Northern Iowa, US for four and half years. Dr. Naami acquired a physical disability at age two. Although, polio was a life-altering experience, it did not stop her from achieving her educational and professional goals. Dr. Naami holds a doctorate degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in the US. She has extension experience and expertise in disability issues as well as working with persons with disabilities. After her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, Dr. Naami worked as the coordinator of Bethany Projects, an Accra-based NGO which seeks to promote the dignity and rights of persons with disabilities. For three years, she coordinated all the activities of the three projects under the umbrella of Bethany Projects and ensured that persons with disabilities receive formal education or vocational training. She also advocated for their basic human rights.
Dr. Naami’s commitment to disability rights earned her a Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme’s scholarship for a Master’s degree which she obtained from the University of Chicago in the US. After her Master’s degree, Dr. Naami joined Action on Disability and Development (ADD-Ghana) as the Gender Programme Officer, where she closely worked with ADD and its 134 partner organizations to identify and mainstream gender issues in their planning, monitoring, and evaluation. She organized and facilitated several empowerment workshops and meetings to build the capacity of women with disabilities to advocate for their human rights.
Dr. Naami has an impeccable record of research and publications which focuses mainly on disability, gender, intersectionality of vulnerabilities, poverty reduction and social policy. Her hard work was rewarded by the University of Northern Iowa with the 2015 College of Social and Behavioural Sciences Tenure-Track Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity.