Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama
Honourable Hajia Alima Mahama is the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana and is also a Member of Parliament for the Nalerigu/Gambaga constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana. In her Minister position, she has embarked on a strategy to: increase participation of the citizenry in democratic governance at the local level; improve administrative and human resource capacity of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies; and support local economic growth and improve service delivery at the local government level. Between 2001 and 2008, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama served in the Government of Ghana as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs. She is a gender expert with over 25 years of active legal education, development planning, legislative and policy planning and management experience in Ghana and Liberia. She combined her background in law with her development and policy perspectives during her tenure as Deputy Minister and Minister to advocate for social and gender rights at the highest levels of international conventions. She is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Sociology, and was subsequently called to Ghana Bar in 1982. She had her postgraduate studies in Public Policy and Development Planning and Administration from the Rutgers University and the University of Ottawa. She was also at the Institute of Social Studies, in the Netherlands, where she obtained a Masters in Development Studies specializing in Regional Development Planning.