When we arrived in Jinja, a row of bicycles for rent were neatly lined up outside the partner organization’s office. We met inside, amidst bicycles in various states of repair, leaflets and posters on cycling and a stretcher designed to be hitched to bicycles. This all seemed a little incongruous, given a conversation about vote buying and selling. Eventually, I had to ask about the relationship between bicycles and vote buying.
Sef Ashiagbor is a senior advisor for political party programs. She provides technical support on the design, implementation and evaluation of the Institute's political party programs worldwide, and conducts research on issues affecting the development of political parties in nascent democracies. Among others, Sef has contributed to the following publications for the Institute: Coalitions: A Guide for Political Parties; Minimum Standards for the Democratic Functioning of Political Parties; and the Will, Space, Capacity Toolkit for Party Assistance.
Sef's career at NDI began in 1998 with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa during which time she traveled extensively throughout the continent, contributing to programming in such countries as Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. She managed a range of training and research programs, and conducted programmatic assessments in such areas as political party development, extractive industries management, women's political participation, election monitoring and legislative development. Sef also oversaw a major study on party finance issues for the Institute, authoring a report on efforts to promote reform in four African countries. In addition, she served in field positions in Ghana and Malawi.
Previous to joining NDI, Sef worked in international humanitarian assistance, developing funding proposals, and overseeing the procurement and shipment of relief materials to a variety of countries in crisis. She also worked in the West Africa department of the World Bank. Sef earned her Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelors degree in History from Selwyn College, Cambridge. She is fluent in French.