MS TCDC Gets New Executive Director
We are very pleased to announce that Richard Ssewakiryanga is the new MS TCDC Executive Director. MS TCDC is an international training centre, based in Arusha, Tanzania, which is part of Action Aid Denmark.
Richard Ssewakiryanga has been the Executive Director of the Uganda National NGO Forum, where amongst other things he led the expansion of the Forum from 350 to over 630 member organizations. Richard Ssewakiryanga has a solid academic background as a social researcher and development consultant and has worked with several organisations as well as public institutions. He holds several honourary positions. He Co-Chairs the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness and is the Emeritus Presiding Officer of the African Union – Economic and Social Cultural Council (2017 to 2019) and Vice President of the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP) and a Member of the Global CSO Advisory Group to the UNDP in New York as well as Co-Chair of the Task Team CSO Development Effectiveness hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague.
Before joining the Uganda National NGO Forum, he worked for the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda for 10 years focusing on participatory poverty assessments as an Adviser on Participatory Poverty Assessments. He is also a part-time Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Basic Research in Kampala where he has researched and published in several working papers and book chapters in areas of social and economic development. He holds a postgraduate degree in Gender and Development Studies and several post-graduate courses in communications, economics, advocacy training, aid and development among others.
‘I am excited to join the MS TCDC family at the start of this new decade. This is a time when the center is looking at ways it can play a more prominent role as a pan-African learning and knowledge hub. Our immediate challenge will be to expand the footprint of MS TCDC across Africa and work with Africa’s millions of young people to deliver integrated future-oriented training programs. To do this will entail working with human rights defenders, social justice activists, development experts, government officials and private-sector players around the world. I see MS TCDC building new strategic partnerships, innovating courses in strategic sectors that will improves abilities of young and old African development practitioners to make sound decisions, plan, and formulate strategies for the future of Africa’, says Richard Ssewakiryanga.
‘With his impressive background, Richard Ssewakiryanga is the right person to take MS TCDC to the next level in our ambition for MS TCDC to become an East African learning centre of excellence used more extensively by civil society organisations and other actors in the region’, says Julie Koch, Action Aid Denmark’s International Director.
Richard Ssewakiryanga takes over the position from Ezra Mbogori who has been the Executive Director of MS TCDC for the past three years.