Dr. Stephen Afranie

Senior Lecturer
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Dr. Stephen Afranie holds a PhD in Sociology and is currently a senior lecturer at the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS). He taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana (teaching Industrial Sociology, Introduction to Social Anthropology and Sociology, Rural Sociology and Poverty and Rural Development) for twelve years before he was formally transferred to the Centre in the 2016/2017 academic year. He is a former deputy head of the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS) in the university (December, 2011- July, 2013).

Dr. Afranie has led and participated in several research projects. A few of the research projects are the Non-State Actors (NSAs) and Accountable Social Protection in Child Protection and Livelihoods in Ghana, carried out by CSPS in 2013, and sponsored by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), a DFID sponsored programme based in Nairobi, Kenya; UNICEF sponsored study carried out by CSPS to investigate the qualitative behavioural impact of Ghana’s cash transfer programme (LEAP) for the poor. He was field coordinator for a national survey on the prevalence of female genital mutilation in Ghana that was carried out by the Gender and Human Rights Documentation Centre. He was the senior researcher on a study for VSO Ghana that focused on the socio-cultural, economic and political barriers to the participation of girls in formal education. He has also conducted research on the causes and challenges of managing early menarche among girls in Ghana.

He also led the qualitative component of an FAO sponsored research on poverty diagnostic study of the Northern Region of Ghana under the Programmatic Regional Initiative (PRI) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Strategic Objective on Rural Poverty Reduction. This study, which comprises both quantitative and qualitative components, was carried out by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana in 2013. Dr Afranie led the qualitative evaluation component of the Master Card Foundation sponsored YouthSave Ghana Experiment research project. The YouthSave Project was a multi-national study evaluating the impact that access to savings accounts can have on youth developmental outcomes in Ghana, Kenya, Colombia, and Nepal. The evaluation comprised qualitative and quantitative components and was carried out by ISSER. He is currently leading the qualitative component of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) baseline study to establish the current levels of key performance indicators related to the organization’s new strategy in the intervention regions (that is, Northern and Brong Ahafo) in Ghana. ISSER is the main Research consultant for the baseline study.


Selected Publications

  1. Aryeetey, E. B. Afranie, S. Andoh, P. Doh, D. & Andoh, P. (2018). Governance of non-state social protection services in Ghana: communication as an accountability mechanism in mutual aid organizations in Wassa. In Awortwi, N. and Walter-Drop, G. (Eds.) Non-State Social Protection Actors and Services in Africa: Governance below the State. New York: Routledge: pp. 44-54
  2. Afranie, S. (2017). Child rights and protection in Ghanaian society. In Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Ghana. (pp 83-95). Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers Centre for Social Policy Studies
  3. Andoh, K.P. Doh, D. & Afranie, S. (2017). Non-state actors and social protection at the grassroots. In Aryeetey, E. B-D., Sackey, B. & Afranie, S. (Eds.) Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Ghana. (pp 110-126). Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers
  4. Boateng, K. Afranie, S. Amoah, S.K. (2016). Social mobilisation in the midst of social change: The case of traditional authorities in Ghana. Journal of Educational and Social Research- MCSER Publishing Vol. 6 No.2, pp. 103-112.
  5. Ansong, D. Ansong, E. K. Ampomah, A. O. Afranie S. (2015). A spatio-temporal analysis of academic performance at the Basic Education Certificate Examination in Ghana. Applied Geography 65 (2015) 1-12 -(2015 Elsevier Ltd)
  6. Amoah, S. K. and Afranie, S. (2015). The relational orientation of the African and performance management practices in selected institutions in Ghana Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 87-96
  7. Amoah, S. K. and Afranie, S. (2014). Socio-cultural factors and bureaucratic practices in universities in Ghana Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH), Volume -3, No.-5, pp. 10-24
  8. Doh, D. Afranie, S. and Aryeetey, E.B. (2014). Expanding social protection delivery opportunities for older people: A case for strengthening traditional family system and community structures. Ghana Social Science Journal, Vol. 11 number 1
  9. Afranie, S. Boafo, I.M. and Asante, K.O. (2012). The Epileptic Patient may be pardoned … but for AIDS you should know: HIV/AIDS, stigma, discrimination and biographical disruption. Gender and Behaviour Vol.10, No.1 pp.5485-4603
  10. Andoh, P.K. Antwi-Bosiako, T. and Afranie, S. (2012). Motivation and career aspirations of female students studying science at Achimota School, Accra, Ghana. Education Research and Review Vol. 7(19), pp. 401-409
  11. Afranie, S. (2011). Persistence of poverty in rural Ghana: Culture of poverty perspective. Deutschland: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller GmbH and Co.KG and Licensors.
  12. Afranie, S. and Togoh, G. (2013). Analysis of household size, structure and composition of Ghana. In National Analytical Report for 2010 Population and Housing Census of Ghana(pp.68-93). Accra: Ghana Statistical Service
  13. Afranie, S. and Domfe, G. (2014). Ghana Human Security Outlook. In Ghana Social Development Outlook (ISSER Social Division Publications)
  14. Andoh, K.P. Doh, D. and Afranie, S. (2013). Non-State Actors’ Involvement in Social Protection and Changing Perspectives in Social policy. In Frontiers of Social Policy in Developing Societies. Centre for Social Policy Studies Reader/book project.