Osman Abdel-Rahman


GDCA Executive Director

Contacts: +233(0) 501333865; 501333867; 244722308


Alhaji Osman Abdel-Rahman is a development practitioner who has managed development projects and programmes since 1991. He is currently the Executive Director of GDCA and also the Programme Manager of the Empowerment for Life Programme, managing and coordinating projects and programmes of annual portfolios of more than GH¢4m.


Previously, Osman had worked as Programme Coordinator for the Ghanaian Danish Community Programme (GDCP), an integrated rural development project. He has gathered experience in strategy and programme development and management over the last 16 years working in GDCA in a multi-cultural environment and different donors, including the Danida, EU, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID and AfD. Before entering the NGO field, Alhaji Abdel-Rahman had worked with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the Northern Region where he held positions as District Director of Agriculture - Salaga, District Agricultural Extension Officer – Tolon and Regional Coordinator of the Sasaka-Global 2000 project, a green revolution project funded by Jimmy Carter and Riochi Sasakawa, a Japanese philanthropist. He also has four years experience in teaching Science and Mathematics at Yendi Secondary School.


Alhjai Osman Abdel-Rahman studied at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), where he obtained Post-Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts qualifications in Organization Development. Before then, he had graduated from the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. Other educational achievements of Osman include; Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Legon, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Extension Coordination from Nordisk Lanboskole, Odense, Denmark.

Sulemana Osman Saaka


School for Life Programme manager

Contacts: (233) (0)2 830 3324; (233) (0)2 54 052 1614


Sulemana Osman Saaka has built a successful career spanning almost 30 years of regular work and occasional consultancy in private sector, Government/public service and civil society organisations. Prior to joining the School for Life team in January 2004 as head of the organisation, S. O. Saaka had worked with the Ghana Co-operative Credit Unions Association Limited (CUA Ltd. and the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among others. While working with the EPA, S. O. Saaka served as National Focal Person for Desertification Control. He also represented Ghana on the United Nations Inter-Governmental Negotiation Committee on Desertification (INCD) and the African Deserts and Arid Lands Committee (ADALCO).


S. O. Saaka led School for Life successfully through a landmark phase that delivered functional literacy to 44,000 out-of-school children in 5 years, in addition to having the School for Life model replicated to cover almost 40,000 more of such children in Northern Ghana within the same period (2004 - 2008). His continuous leadership of School for Life has seen the organization strike strategic partnerships with relevant state institutions and many Developing Partners, through which SfL succeeded in making over 150,000 out-of-school children literate in their mother-tongue by the close of 2012. The School for Life model has also led to the development of a Complementary Basic Education (CBE Policy) in Ghana based on the model.


Through leading School for Life, S. O. Saaka hopes to continue to contribute to maintaining the organisation as a centre of excellence that inspires breakthroughs in education and provides technical support to other education stakeholders in Ghana and beyond. Saaka holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. He has also undergone other forms of training including Organisational Change Management & Leadership, Project Planning & Management, Cooperative Administration, Corporate Governance for NGO Management and Network/Alliance Building training for CSOs in West Africa.

Yussif Lukman


CLIP Program manager 

Contacts: (233)501387541

Lukman Yussif joined GDCA in 2002 as Food Security Officer for the Community Life Improvement Programme (CLIP). As Food Security Officer, he coordinated programme activities in four districts (Karaga, Gushegu, Yendi, Mion) in the Northern Region from 2002 – 2014 and has since worked on various development areas including: Community entry-relations, traditional social systems and indigenous development; Training/capacity building, environmental education and awareness creation (environment, natural resources management, climate change and agribusiness); Sustainable management of natural resources, integrated watershed management, adaptation to climate change; Training of farmers in post harvest management of cereals and legumes; Formation and capacity building of farmer associations in advocacy skills, fund raising, conflict management and development of action plans; investigation and development of food security models; demonstration and introduction of improved climate change resilient crop varieties to farmers; local mobilisation and community development tools. He has served as Secretary to the Food for Life Think Tank (a group drawn from academia, research, governmental institutions and civil society organisations working on resilient food security strategies to mitigate climate change effects on farmers) and as member of the Advocacy and Gender Committees of Ghana Developing Communities Association, Tamale.


He has received additional training courses in; Results based monitoring concepts (Ghana Developing Communities Association, Tamale, 2010),  Addressing Climate Change in Development Assistance (Danida Fellowship Centre, Denmark, 2011); Gender development and mainstreaming in development assistance (Ghana Developing Communities Association, Tamale, 2011 & 2012) and  Anti-corruption (Ghana Developing Communities Association, Tamale, 2011).


Lukman is presently the Programme Manager of CLIP, Team Leader and Coordinator of all CLIP sub-projects such as PARSAO and WASTE Since assuming the position, he has worked with the staff and with some support from GDCA and the CLIP TC to secure funds for new projects. Example is the Agriculture Policy Support Project funding from USAID to educate farmers on the Plants and Fertilizer Act 803, 2010 in the Karaga and Mion Districts. He also support the E4L programme as the Technical Adviser on Food Security and Livelihoods by liaising with E4L Programme and District staff to provide appropriate technical support in food security and livelihoods.



B.Sc. Agricultural Technology (Agronomy option), University for Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus, Tamale-Ghana, 2002

SSSCE Agricultural Science, Vitting Technical Senior High School, Tamale-Ghana, 1994

Gmabi A. Philip


Technical Advisor, Policy and Governance

Contact: (233)501387542; 206407460


Gmabi A. Philip first joined GDCA as Field Officer for the CBO Network Project in April 2004. He was made the Project Officer for the CBO Empowerment Project in 2006 and subsequently became the Subcomponent Manager for the Civil Society Strengthening (CSS) Subcomponent in 2010. He held this managerial position until 2015 when he became the Technical Advisor for Policy and Governance. He has over fifteen (15) years of working experience in community development in Ghana, with good working knowledge in diverse thematic areas of development including; gender and development, gender mainstreaming,  good governance, public policy influencing, climate change adaptation strategies and natural resource management among others.


He is noted for his good expertise in applying relevant concepts to development such as rights based approach (RBA), citizen government engagement (CGE) and the use of participatory methodologies including; community scorecard and citizen report card. He has acquired good facilitation, presentation and advocacy skills. He has received several years of in-service training in policy engagement/policy advocacy; rights based approach to development and social accountability (accountable governance). He has expertise in Social Development - General capacity building/training in skills and knowledge for local institutions and groups; Project design, management and implementation; Social surveys, Training manual design and development; Re-evaluation co-counselling Services (RCS) and HIV/AIDS Counselling and Care-giving.



Gmabi Philip holds a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Non-Governmental Organization Management and Rural Development from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale. He has a Bachelor of Arts (BA Social Sciences) Degree in Economics and Geography from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi; a Certificate in HIV AIDS Counselling and Care-Giving from the Institute for Adult Education, University of Ghana, Legon; and a Certificate in Computer Literacy (CCL) from KNUST.

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Hussein Abdulai Ziblim

Deputy Manager SfL, Operations

 Phone: (+233) (0)54 052 1614; (+233) (0)249649260


Alhaji Hussein AbdulaiZiblim is the Deputy Programme Manager in charge of Operations at School for Life.  He joined the organization in 1999, and has been in the management team since then as an Area Coordinator for the Yendi Area.

Before joining SfL as a full staff he served as one of the first two trainers of SfL voluntary facilitators.  He was also one of the three persons who translated the first facilitators’ manual of School for Life (SfL) from English into Dagbani. He led the SfL team of curriculum developers who offered training for writers and resources persons in the Kwahu North District to transpose the template of SfL literacy materials into AkuapemTwi and Ewe.  He is also a co-writer of a collection of play songs and poems in Dagbani that was put together by three resource persons of SfL.

He has been involved in literacy work since 1986 where he served as a Ghanaian Language and Cultural Organizer for the Tamale District Education Office then. He also served on the Regional Training Team of the Non-Formal Education Division of the Ministry of Education from 1989 to 1994. He taught Ghanaian Language and culture at the Senior Secondary School for one year (1998 to 1999). Alhaji Hussein Abdulai Ziblim holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Ghanaian language and a certificate in NGO Management from the Verily Agric College, Aarhus, Denmark.


Ibrahim Abdul-Hanan

Deputy Manager SfL Finance and Administration

Contacts (+233) 242575111; 504575111


Abdul-Hanan Joined School for Life as an Assistant Accountant in 2003 and rose to become the Accountant in 2006. He was confirmed as the substantive Deputy Manager in charge of Finance and Administration on the 1st of January 2017 after acting in that capacity from February to December 2016. Some of his notable successes include the computerization of SfL accounts and improved Financial Management.


He holds Master of Business Administration degree in International Finance & Controlling, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Certificate in Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Some Career Development trainings he attended include Financial Management & Good Governance from COWI A/S-Denmark, Practical Financial Management for NGOs from Mango (UK), Internal Audit and Control from University of Ghana Business School and Financial Management in NGOs also from University of Ghana Business School.


Karimu Alhassan Mohammed

Deputy Manager SfL Curriculum Development and Replication

Karimu joined School for Life (SfL) under the Education Quality for All (EQUALL) project in 2006 and later joined main SfL in 2009.  He is currently the Deputy Manager Curriculum Development and Replication in School for Life. Karimu’s background includes extensive field experience and nine years as a teacher trainer.


With interest in literacy development, he has been a regional trainer of trainers for Non-Formal Education Division, Northern Region of Ghana. He has experience in schedules designing, preparation of training materials, and implementing training programmes. He is also a co-writer of GTZ-ASTEP and Unimax Macmillan basic schools text books in Ghanaian Languages and Culture. He is the author of “Dagbani Bohimbu Sodoligu”, a published Dagbani grammar and phonology book. He has been an examiner and a team leader with the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast. He has had the opportunity of attending international conferences in Ghana, Gambia, Rwanda and Mauritius. He was also on the team from Ghana, which went to India (2010) on an educational tour with regards to the introduction of remedial education project (Teacher Community Assistant Initiative project - TCAI) in Ghana. 


As a tutor in the Training College, he held various positions including Head of Ghanaian Languages and Culture Department, House Master, Dining Hall Master, Resource Centre Coordinator and form master. He also taught as a subject teacher in Huriya Junior Secondary School in Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Karimu holds a Commonwealth Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Education Degree in Ghanaian Languages and Culture, Diploma Certificate in Ghanaian Languages and Culture and Three-year Teachers’ Certificate “A”.


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