Rev. Dr. Benzies Isaac Adu-Okoree

PhD, MA, BA(Hons), PGDE, Dip, Cert  
Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty: Faculty of Development Studies
Department: Environmental and Natural Resources Management
Campus: Akuapem
Location: Akropong
Phone: 0208161778
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Professionally, Rev Benzies Isaac Adu-Okoree is a Development Policy and Project Analyst. He is also a Strategic Planner and Consultant in Strategic Management.


Rev. Benzies Isaac Adu-Okoree was born to Mr. Kwame Okoree of Akim Aperade and Madam Felicia Yaa Bema of Akyem Awisa-Apaaso on 24th January 1958 at Akim Awisa.


Rev. Benzies Isaac Adu-Okoree had his primary education at Akyem Essam, Adubiase, Abuakwa Anyinam and Awisa between 1963 and 1969 and his Middle School at the Akim Oda Middle Boys’ School between 1969 and 1973 continuing for his secondary education at the Akim Swedru Secondary School between 1973 and 1978. He enrolled at the Kwadaso Agricultural College for a professional training in general Agriculture from 1979 to 1981. In 1984, Rev. Adu-Okoree pursued a course at the then Bank of Ghana Staff Training School (now Banking College and entered the Trinity College in 1995 completing in 1988. In 1990, Rev. Adu-Okoree enrolled at the University of Ghana, Legon completing successfully in 1993. He thereafter gained admission to the world renowned Institute of Social Studies the Hague in the Netherlands. Rev Adu-Okoree Went on to the University of Birmingham in the UK in 2003and finally Rev. Adu-Okoree pursued and successfully completed a program of study for a PhD in 2016

Post Secondary Qualifications:

Rev. Adu-Okoree obtained certificate in General Agriculture in 1980, and certificate in Project Appraisal and Credit Analysis in 1994. In 1998, Rev. Adu-Okoree obtained a Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Study of Religions. In 1996 Rev. Adu-Okoree obtained a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies and followed it up with a postgraduate Certificate in Development Policy Management from the University of Birmingham in the UK in 2003 and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cape Coast.


His expertise includes; Project Planning and Management; Policy Planning and Management; Human Resource Development and Employment Strategies; Project Monitoring and Evaluation; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; Business Development and Management; Credit Analysis; Gender Analysis and Mainstreaming; Business Development and Analysis and Business Capacity Development

Research Interests:

Policy impact on the vulnerable, Gender issues in development, migration and development

Publications and Conferences:Adu-Okoree, B. I. (1996) The Role of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana as an NGO in the Socio-Economic Development of Ghana: A case study of the Garu Agricultural Station. 1996 Research Paper for MA in Agriculture and Rural Development, ISS, The Hague. Online at…

Adu-Okoree, B. I. (2001). In Search of Gender Equity: The Cultural Dimension. Conference Paper presented 8th to 12th October, 2001. Institute of Gender Development. Elmina, Ghana.

Adu-Okoree, B. I. and Ofosu, A. O. (2012). “Migrant Remittances: A driving force in rural development. International Journal of Anthropology and Sociology” International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 4(5): 172-178 Available online at DOI:10.5897/IJSA11.143. ISSN 2006- 988x

Adu-Okoree, B. I. (2012). “Peri-urban poverty: Can micro-finance be a panacea?” Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 4(6): 190-198 DOI: 10.5897/IJSA11.147

Adu-Okoree, B. I. (2012). “Let us pause before sending them: an appraisal of the socio-economic condition of return migrants in Tamale, Ghana” Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development Vol. 2(6): 149-155 Available online@

Adu-Okoree, B. I. (2012). “Enhancing women’s household reproductive roles through microfinance: A study of women traders in Tema, Ghana. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences Vol. 2(6): 261-272. ISSN: 2222-6990

Adu-Okoree, B. I. & Arku, F. S. (2014). Reciprocity in Social Networks of Migrants: A case study of Migrants in Tema. In Coleen, R (ed) (2014), Ghana: Social, Economic and Political Issues. Nova Publishers, Columbus, US. (Page 373-386). ISBN 978-1-63321-108-7

Frank Arku, Stephen Omari, Benzies Isaac Adu-Okoree & Abubakari Abduramane (2015) Harvested rainwater: quality, adequacy, and proximity in Ghanaian rural communities, Development in Practice, 25:8, 1160-1169, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2015.1081676

Conferences attended include:

  1. International Conference on Donor Funded Projects. March, 1996. Oesgeest, Leiden: Netherland. Presented a Paper on the Receiving Partners Perspective;
  2. Jubilee 2000. Nairobi, Kenya.  Organized by All African Conference of Churches, July, 1999;
  3. 2nd  International Gender Conference organized by Institute of Gender Development. 8th to 12th October, 2001.  Elmina, Ghana. Paper presented on “In Search of Gender Equity: The Cultural Dimension;
  4. Fair Trade Campaign: 18th October, 2003 Birmingham, U.K.  Paper presented on Market Liberalization and the Ghanaian Economy (The Poultry and Rice Industries);
  5. Regenerative Health and Nutrition. Benin, September, (2005). As a member of Ministry Health Committee to explore alternative disease prevention and health promotion;
  6. Regenerative Health and Nutrition, Dimona: Israel.  22nd -29th July, 2007. As a member of Ministry Health Committee to explore alternative disease prevention and health promotion;
  7. Regenerative Health (Dimona Alumni Review Workshop, Mankesem, 21st-23rd September, 2008;
  8. Commercial Development for Farmer Based Organizations. MiDA, Kumasi-Ghana. 2008; Value Chain Development and Methodology, Koforidua, Ghana.  2009. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture;
  9. Conference on “Enhancing women participation in national politics in Uganda” from 28th May to 30th May 2012. Organized by ACFODE, from 16th to 21st August 2010 in Kampala. Presented a paper on “Women in Democratic Elections: The role of Civil Society;
  10. Seminar on meeting the challenges of funding Universities in Ghana. Organized by The University of Ghana between June, 20-22nd 2011 at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana;
  11. Workshop organized by the University of Ghana for its affiliates on Admission processes at the University of Ghana in September 2011;
  12. Workshop on Scientific Writing. Organized by the Research, Scholarship and Consultancy Committee. 28th May to 30th May 2012;
  13. Senior Academic Leadership Training. Organized for Senior University administrators by NCTE at GIMPA from 1st to 3rd July 2012; and
  14. Senior Academic Leadership Training. Organized for University Council Members by NCTE at Mensvic Hotel, East Legon from 30th to 3rd October 2015.
  15. Development Studies Association-UK 2019 Conference on Opening up development; Presented a paper on “Child labour in cococa production in Ghana: a fiction or reality”, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK