UNDP Programme Implementation Team
Programme Manager & Chief Technical Advisor
Dr. Daniel Franks is Chief Technical Advisor and Programme Manager at the United Nations Development Programme where he leads the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. Dr. Franks is well known for his research on sustainable development in the extractives sector. He is the author of more than 80 publications including his recently published book Mountain Movers: Mining, sustainability and the agents of change. Originally a geologist Dr. Franks retrained in political and social sciences. He has field experience at more than 70 mining and energy sites internationally. Dr. Franks serves as Co-Chair for Social Impact Assessment at the International Association for Impact Assessment. Prior to joining UNDP he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia and was an active part of the International Mining for Development Centre.
You can follow him on Twitter: @resourceafflict
Lacina Pakoun is a Technical Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme working with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. Lacina is responsible for providing technical oversight and implementation of regional activities in the six ACP geographic divisions. He also provides assistance in the implementation of the activities in the six programme focus countries. Prior to joining UNDP, Lacina worked to promote sustainable and inclusive development in the extractive industries of West and Central Africa (including, Burkina Faso, DRC and Guinea). His practice was at the crossroads of government, parliaments, corporations, civil society and communities. He was involved in mining sector reform as part of the American Bar Association Rule Of Low Initiative (ABA|ROLI) with the goal to empower sector stakeholders and strengthen community rights, participatory environmental management systems and local content policy. One of his achievements was to establish an online early warning and response system to prevent and reduce company-community conflicts in the Guinea mining sector.
Caroline is a Programme Specialist at UNDP Brussels working with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. Prior to joining UNDP, Caroline worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) leading research and policy analysis on the situation of women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. She has extensive experience covering program design, implementation, policy and planning spanning 11 years in both development and humanitarian settings, with 9 years' international experience acquired in the United Nations in policy research, analysis, and evidence-based policy advocacy. This has seen her work in Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with a large cross-section of stakeholders including medium and senior level policy makers in government, parliamentarians, the African Union Commission, regional economic commissions (RECs), development planners, diplomatic missions, academia, civil society organizations, as well as other UN agencies to deliver as one.
Caroline is an alumnus of the 2015 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) program.
Asan Amza is an Operations expert with more than 10 years of experience in UNDP. He has worked with global and regional projects in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, New York, Istanbul and Brussels. His expertise covers the fields of procurement, finance, administration and logistics.
Mr. Amza holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management and Business Administration and uses his passion to apply his knowledge and expertise in the daily activities of the programme. He joined the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme after working with a UNDP global programme on elections and taken his new role with enthusiasm and interest welcoming new challenges at the area of Development Minerals.
Country Coordinator – Zambia
Lyapa Manza is a Mining Engineer with a Bachelor of Mineral Sciences obtained from the University of Zambia and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. His skill and expertise spans over a period of over 25 years in mine operations and project management in the public and the private sectors. Lyapa, has developed his career primarily through his vast involvement in the extractive industry and the area of mineral resources governance. Under the extractive industry sector, Lyapa has experience in Greenfields projects and mining operations in development minerals, semi-precious gemstone, and base minerals.
Lyapa has worked on mineral resources governance projects under the Government of Zambia, the Government of Rwanda and on World Bank mining and European Union support projects to Zambia.
Lyapa is result-oriented with strong analytical and decision making abilities and is personally driven by the passion to unlock the value of Development Minerals.
Country Coordinator – Uganda
Hope Kyarisiima has wide experience in leading and managing development organisations and programmes respectively. She is a passionate believer in knowledge creation, sharing and transfer hence her strong belief in community-informed and community-focused work to inform programme design, implementation and evaluation. She has managed diverse development programmes that encompass mining, child protection, youth empowerment, microfinance, community health and vocational education. Within the mining sector, Hope has worked to facilitate community engagement efforts towards mitigating potential conflict and harnessing corporate investment into communities hosting mineral operations in Uganda.
Hope's core skills include policy analysis, Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, Financial Management and Human Resources Management for development and holds an MSc in Development Management - within the spectrum International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Hope is looking forward to contributing to the efforts to comprehensively address issues pertinent to the Neglected Development Minerals Sector in Uganda and globally.
Country Coordinator – Jamaica
Ruth Clarke is a graduate of the UWI (Mona, Jamaica) with a Bachelor of Sciences (BSc.) degree in Geology/Geography (Hons.) and a Diploma in Management Studies. Ruth has worked in the mineral industry for over 25 years spanning the fields of geology, investment promotion, training and export marketing. She has worked with several organizations involving both the private and public sector.
Her strengths include championing the cause and development of the industry, management and the delivery of project goals, associated with the advancement of small, medium and large scale mining enterprises.
Ruth has represented the sector both locally and internationally and has played active roles in the Mining and Manufacturing Industries, as well as in professional societies - providing advice to players and various representatives involved in the field of mineral development. She has facilitated several investment and export promotion initiatives, including Jamaica's first gold processing operation, some years ago.
Her experience and enthusiasm for the development of the minerals sector, are well suited to the enhancement and renewed focus, which are being given to the sector in Jamaica.
Country Coordinator – Fiji
Josefa Caniogo has extensive experience spanning 23 years in the quarries and construction sector, particularly in the construction of roads and buildings sector in Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
He is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific and has in-depth experience in land acquisition and business set up for foreign based companies. In his previous role, he represented corporate entities in Fiji and abroad, offering advice to stakeholders on Development Minerals mining and consultations with landowners.
Josefa has taken up his new role in Fiji with enthusiasm and looks forward to working with the public and private sectors to build better awareness of the potential of Development Minerals with stakeholders at all levels.
Country Coordinator – Cameroon
Moussa Charlot is a seasoned international development specialist with expertise in Economic and Sustainable business development. In his previous roles, chief among them, Senior Project Manager, he developed in-depth expertise in natural resource management, gender and social inclusion, public-private partnership, capacity building and institutional development, fund raising and advocacy, quality control and reporting, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Moussa has dedicated his career to the provision of advisory and capacity building services to non-profit and research organizations' programs as well as conducting monitoring and evaluation to ensure programme quality. During the course of his 18 years in international development, he has spearheaded the integration of governance principles and gender at all levels of the organization and helped to develop the West and Central Africa gender strategy for the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).
Country Coordinator – Guinea
Alpha Balde is a Development Officer and Project Manager, and has more than ten years of experience in the fields of planning and/or managing development programs in Guinea, France, and Canada.
Alpha is a graduate of Guinean, French and Canadian universities in sociology (Ph.D), social sciences (Master’s degree), politics and development (Master’s degree).
His areas of expertise are mainly local, community and participatory development (community-based research, policy analysis, service support and administration, formal reporting, counselling, supervising and groups leading, developing community programs, implementing and evaluating programs) and international and/or institutional development (mining and environment, agriculture, gender equality, human rights, governance, education and healthcare).
Alpha is pleased to put his knowledge and skills into helping the success of the ACP-EU Development Minerals in Guinea.