Our Team


UNDP Programme Implementation Team


Daniel Franks

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

Technical Specialist

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 Ngonze

Programme Specialist

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.