Kweku Opuku-Agyemang

Credentials: Ghana

2010 SKJ Fellow

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, a student in Development Studies, spent his National Service working for the Ghanaian Ministry of Education. He developed an interest in debates about whether globalization meant the eclipse of the informal economy which sustained the livelihoods of most Ghanaians. After obtaining his Masters in Economics, he revisited Ghana in 2008 as has found the informal sector being redefined as a means of empowerment by slum-dwellers, market traders, commercial bankers, and politicians. Changing perceptions of the informal economy have been the inspiration for his dissertation research, which will investigate globalization from below as a means to development. Kweku Opoku-Agyemang’s studies have been supported by the MEO Fellowship in Development and his research will proceed with the Scott Kloeck-Jenson grant this summer.

Read more about Kweku’s fellowship experience here.