Emelia Arthur

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Emelia Arthur is the District Chief Executive, in the Shama District of Ghana. Emelia works to facilitate meaningful participatory democracy and development in this resource-rich area. Before her appointment, she engaged in consulting and advocacy work in natural resource governance at the local, regional, and international levels and served as the Global Team Leader for the British Council’s InterAction Leadership Programme. Arthur served on the board of the Open Society Initiative in West Africa and continues to serve on the board of CARE International’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group.

Emelia Arthur has championed efforts to make government services available to women, children and other marginalized populations. Arthur has also spearheaded the development of training programs focused on issues ranging from wildfire prevention to community organizing. Arthur founded IADI, an organization established to strengthen rural communities autonomous and sustainable capacities for development. IADI's work includes economic empowerment, access to basic education, civic and social rights education and political participation. Arthur has also continued her work on policy compliance and change in natural resource management, emphasizing fair access and benefits in the forest sector. She is a member of a team that facilitiates the design and delivery of the InterAction leadership program across 19 African countries.