WASHINGTON, DC—Akwasi Aidoo, the founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica, will join the Center for Civilians in Conflict’s Board of Directors, the Center announced today.

Aidoo, whose term began November 1, brings extensive experience acquired as past head of the International Development Research Centre’s health and equity program for West and Central Africa, head of the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa.

Over the past decade, the Center for Civilians in Conflict has pressed military actors to track, investigate, and make amends for the civilian harm they cause, most notably in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Mali, and the Central African Republic.

“Akwasi’s expertise is an invaluable asset to the board as we strengthen and expand the Center’s work to protect civilians, particularly as we develop our presence in Africa,” said Anil Soni, chair of the Center’s Board.

Aidoo, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut, currently chairs the Boards of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Africa Regional Board of the Open Society Foundations, and the Fund for Global Human Rights.

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Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or chris@civiliansinconflict.org.