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MICHAEL BOAMPONG

Researcher | Consultant | Social Entrepreneur

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ABOUT ME
ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME

Specialities

Migration & International Development, Child and Youth Development, Policy Analysis, International Development Research, Social Science Research Methods, Advocacy, Capacity Building, Partnerships, Resource Mobilization, Programme/Project Management (Development Cooperation)

Languages

English, French (Beginner), Spanish (Beginner)

Hobbies

Music, Calligraphy, Learning a foreign language, Reading and non-fiction writing

Availability

Part Time

I am a Doctoral Candidate and an Associate Lecturer at University of London (Birkbeck College). My research focuses the effects of modern mobility and the effects of the governance of economic crisis on children and childhood within Ghanaian transnational families.


Professional Summary

  • Served on the Reader Committee of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African
    Leaders,  Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States of America
  • Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Visiting Lecturer (Youth Participation and Migration), International Training Centre (ITC-ILO), Turin, Italy
  • Consultant (Migration and Development), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/IOM, New York, United States on Mainstreaming  Migration  in  National  Development  Planning  pilot  initiative  for  six  countries and Global Migration Group (GMG) issues.
  • Lead author of the 2013 UN World Youth Report (WYR) on youth and migration at UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York, United States
  • Consultant (Migration and Social Policy Analysis) at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York, United States
  • Founder and Executive Director, Youth Policy Adviser at Young People We Care (YPWC), Kumasi, Ghana
  • Consultant (Migration and Development), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Accra, Ghana

WHAT I DO

I speak at international conferences and write a lot about youth development issues with a focus on the intersection between economic policies, young people’s life transitions, modern mobilities and development. My work has appeared in the Guardian. I also blog on the World Bank.

My Plan

My medium-to-long term plan is to continue to bridge the traditional theory/practice dichotomy by maintaining close collaborations with international agencies, NGOs, and academia with a focus on a range of issues critical to understanding youth and children lived life experiences and implications of political-economic reforms on their lives. I also also find the role of ICT tools in modern mobility very interesting, an area which I am exploring through the social enterprise, Migration Tech Lab.

Research in Progress

My doctoral research at Birkbeck, University of London focuses on the impact of the governing of economic crisis on social reproduction processes among Ghanaian transnational families. Specifically, the study investigates three main questions: Firstly, if austerity reduces family resources and what the impacts of this are children’s life course? Secondly, how does economic crisis influence the daily work of reproduction, transnational practices and the maintenance of social relations within the transnational social field and how that in turn (re)shapes the social field? Thirdly, how the transnational family sustains its reproductive needs through various social practices in times of economic crisis. To address these questions, I will examine austerity and neoliberalism as a way of governing crisis and its impacts on material, social and cultural practices. This will be done against the background of young people’s unfolding life to understand the effect on the crisis on family arrangements and childhoods.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
  • ICONOGRAPHY
  • MUSINGS/BLOGS

RESUME
RESUME

EXPERIENCE

  • Served on the Reader Committee of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African
    Leaders,  Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States of America
  • Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Visiting Lecturer (Youth Participation and Migration), International Training Centre (ITC-ILO), Turin, Italy
  • Consultant (Migration and Development), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/IOM, New York, United States on Mainstreaming  Migration  in  National  Development  Planning  pilot  initiative  for  six  countries and Global Migration Group (GMG) issues.
  • Lead author of the 2013 UN World Youth Report (WYR) on youth and migration at UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York, United States
  • Consultant (Migration and Social Policy Analysis) at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York, United States
  • Founder and Executive Director, Youth Policy Adviser at Young People We Care (YPWC), Kumasi, Ghana
  • Consultant (Migration and Development), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Accra, Ghana
Associate Lecturer - Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom

October 2014 to Present

2017
  • Facilitate seminar classes and encourage critical thinking among students.
  • Supervised two Master’s Degree students and marked over thirty essays and five dissertations.
Visiting Lecturer - International Training Centre (ITC-ILO), Turin, Italy

May 2014 to Present

2017
  • Visiting Lecturer (Youth Participation and Migration)
  • Trained thirty participants at the ILO Labour Migration Academy on “How to mainstream
    youth development issues into migration and development policies”.
  • Developed training materials and trained fifteen participants on “Youth Employment and
    Migration” in 201
Reader - IREX, Washington D.C. USA

November 2016 to December 2016

2016
  • Served on the Reader Committee of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  
  • Assessed 40 applications from young Africans.

EDUCATION

Ph.D Candidate (Geography), Birkbeck, University of London

2014-2017

2014
M.A (Development Studies), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

2010-2011

2010
B.A (Economics and Geography), University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

2004-2008

2008

Certificates and Training

  • 2015  LIDC  Evaluation for Development Programmes
  • 2012  IOM/UNITAR  International Migration Law Training Seminar
  • 2011 UNITAR  Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning Training Seminar 
  • 2011 CIPPEC   How to Develop a Policy Influence Plan 
  • 2011 EPFL  Management of Development Projects
  • 2010 UNDP  Training in Results-Based Management (RBM) 
  • 2007  GYCA  Training in Fundraising and Resource Mobilization
  • 2006  GYCA  Project Management and Grant Proposal Writing

AWARDS

  • 2014: Birkbeck, University of London, Anniversary Scholarship  
  • 2009: Honorable Mention, World Bank Youthink! International Youth Day Essay Contest
  • 2009: Disney Minnie Grant

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CONTACT
CONTACT

CONTACT ME

Phone

+17743862018 (USA), +447477494455 (UK)

E-mail

mboampong@gmail.com

Address

1849 Sedgwick Ave, Apt 11k. Bronx, NY 10453, USA


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