Frank Rusa Nyakaana

Frank Rusa Nyakaana

Edward Mason Fellow - Masters of Public Administration
Democratic Governance Facility, Uganda

Frank Rusa Nyakaana is the Deputy Manager of the Deepening Democracy component of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) in Uganda. The DGF is the largest multi-donor basket fund in Africa dedicated to supporting state and non-state initiatives to deepen democracy, increase access to justice, protect human rights and promote public accountability. Over the last seven years, working with civil society networks, Frank has spearheaded a wide range of initiatives in the broad areas of civic education, civic engagement, electoral reform, capacity development of civil society in democracy-building and policy advocacy. He also works with political parties to enhance their internal organizational capacities and promote inter-party dialogue processes and works with the Parliament to strengthen its oversight role. Before joining the development world, Frank served as the head of the Legal Department of the Uganda Electoral Commission, guiding it through two national elections where he distinguished himself as a leading advocate for the Electoral Commissions constitutional independence in an ever-narrowing democratic space. He was a Reagan Fascell fellow at National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a Draper-Hills fellow at the Center for Development, Democracy and the Rule of law at Stanford University.

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