Ali Anankpieng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi and Master of Arts in Governance and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Coast. He has participated in two international peace building courses – Managing Defencein a Wider Security Context by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 2014 and Mediation and Negotiation skills by the Clingendael Institute in The Hague in 2016.
Ali’s work experience includes working with: the National Board for Small for Scale Industries (NBSSI) between 1998 and 1999 as a trainer/motivator; the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a programme officer in education between 1999 and 2008; Agricultural Credit Programme Consultants as a zonal coordinator for the Northern Region between 2009 and 2010; several NGOs and development consultancies including the African Centre for Enterprise Development (ACED) between 2010 and 2013. Ali’s work covered small business development, education, agriculture value chain development, project design, and monitoring and evaluation.
Ali is currently a Regional Executive Secretary with the National Peace Council in the Upper East Region since September 2013. In this role, Ali has been supporting the Upper East Regional Peace Council (UERPC) with technical backstopping to execute its mandate. Notable interventions the UERPC has been involved in include the Bawku peace process; chieftaincy and land conflicts in Bolga, Kologu, Paga, Navio and Yorogo; stakeholder engagements in the 2016 general elections; training in conflict resolution and management for chiefs and queen mothers and women and youth across the region; media training in conflict-sensitive reporting; peace education in schools; and supporting agricultural value chain actors with conflict resolution/management capacity.
The National Peace Council and the Bawku Inter-Ethnic conflict
The Bawku Inter-Ethnic conflict is many decades old with major occurrences in 1957, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 2000. The main protagonists are the Mamprusi and Kusasi in Bawku. The conflict is considered the first post-independence ethnic conflict in northern Ghana and has claimed many lives and resulted in the destruction of property worth millions of Ghana cedis.
After a number of unsuccessful judicial and facilitative interventions, a 20-member inter-ethnic peace committee, the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee (BIEPC), was formed in 2009 to spearhead the process of resolving the conflict.
The committee went dormant in 2011 but with efforts led by the National Peace Council with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the committee was revived in 2015. Since then, the BIEPC has facilitated the process to the point of the parties now willing to perform the last rites i.e. ‘Burying the Okra Stick’, which will signify a formal end to the conflict.