Virginia, USA – The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies recognized two social change advocates with the prestigious Dr. Nina L. Meyerhof Leadership Award on November 11, 2023. Christopher Dapaah and Vida Osei-Agyemang of Ghana were lauded for their dedication and remarkable achievements in improving the lives of others during the award ceremony held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Virginia, USA.
Christopher Dapaah: A Catalyst for Policy Reform and Civic Engagement
Christopher Dapaah has dedicated over two decades of his life to championing civil society and community development initiatives not only in Ghana but also across borders. With his expertise spanning governance, education, health, women’s and children’s rights, and social policy, Dapaah has been a driving force behind meaningful reforms.
In his role as Country Director of Resource Link Foundation, Dapaah has skillfully facilitated multi-sector collaboration and advocacy. His strategic engagement with Ministries, local governments, and organizations has strengthened policy and accountability, leading to improved healthcare access, governance, women’s and children’s empowerment, and educational quality for all Ghanaians.
Dapaah’s impact extends beyond his role at Resource Link Foundation. He serves as National Vice President of the NGOs on the Rights of the Child coalition, where he tirelessly advocates for the protection and empowerment of Ghana’s most vulnerable group. His unwavering commitment to children’s rights has led to significant advancements at the regional, national, and global levels.
He holds the distinguished position of Fellow and Regional President for the International Council on Social Welfare’s West and Central Africa region. In this role, he draws upon his over two decades of experience to foster regional cooperation and social protection, advancing international social welfare initiatives. Dapaah’s visionary guidance is paving the way for a more equitable and collaborative ecosystem across the continent.
Vida Osei-Agyemang: A Pioneer for Sustainable Urban Development and Gender Equality
Vida Osei-Agyemang’s exceptional expertise as Senior Development Planning Officer for Kumasi’s Suame Municipal Assembly has transformed the city’s urban landscape. With her advanced degrees in urban management and business administration, Osei-Agyemang has spearheaded the strategic planning and implementation of government projects.
Her unwavering leadership has strengthened infrastructure, promoted inclusive growth, and enhanced livability in Kumasi. Osei-Agyemang meticulously aligns policy and budget to maximize sustainable development outcomes, positioning Kumasi as a model of efficient and equitable urban planning for Ghana and beyond.
Beyond her professional contributions, Osei-Agyemang is a devoted mother and a passionate advocate for girls’ education and rights. She tirelessly provides training to empower young women, enhancing their confidence, knowledge, and leadership abilities. Osei-Agyemang’s unwavering commitment to gender equality is paving the way for a more just and equitable society for all Ghanaians.
Shared Commitment to Positive Social Change
Through their determination, creativity, and compassion, Dapaah and Osei-Agyemang have sparked tangible improvements across Ghanaian society. Their lifetime achievements in advancing healthcare, children’s welfare, urban development, civic participation, and gender rights align perfectly with the Jacobs-Abbey Institute’s mission.
The Dr. Nina L. Meyerhof Leadership Award recognizes individuals who embody this mission through exceptional grassroots leadership, policy work, community empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. Dapaah and Osei-Agyemang are exemplary recipients of this prestigious honor. Their impactful efforts stand as proof of the profound influence within each of us to bring about positive change. As members of the global community, it is crucial for us to be inspired by their example and actively contribute to constructing a more just and progressive world for everyone.