Ghanaian wins prestigious Newton award

May 15, 2017
Ghanaian wins prestigious Newton award

The National Grants Management Association (NGMA) has awarded Benjamin Kofi Quansah, a Ghanaian, with the prestigious 2017 Newton award for his outstanding contribution and performance in the field of grants management.

He becomes the first Ghanaian to win the Newton Award, as well as the first from Africa. Outside of the United States, he is the NGMA’s first international award recipient, of any kind.

Each year, the US-based NGMA celebrates its commitment to excellence by recognizing individuals who have demonstrated excellence, exceeding expectations in the areas of grants management.

The award was presented to him during NGMA’s Annual Grants Training Program Opening Session on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. The Newton Award recognizes outstanding, sustained leadership in the grants management field.

 It includes executing sensitive and difficult assignments in grants policy or grants administration, having an articulated vision for grants management professionals and is given to someone who has made a difference in the grants management profession.

Benjamin Kofi Quansah is a Certified Grants Management Specialist, with expertise in Federal Grants Management and USAID Rules and Regulations.

He has over a decade experience in full lifecycle grants management, having managed funds provided by DFID, USAID, EU, Cordaid, OlofPalme, Oxfam Novib, and the World Bank, among others.

The citation for the award read: “Your leadership improved the grants management process through the development of strategies to address capacity gaps, execution of performance assessments and the creation of peer support platforms so that the implementing partners could share experience and provide mentoring and coaching.

Ben’s  work as a grants management specialist includes designing and implementing financial and grant management procedures and processes including budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and analysis, training and developing the capacity of grant partners, due diligence and risk assessment, procurement and financial management assessment, review of grant applications.”