Regional Anti-Corruption and Economic Governance Policy Advisor
Njoya Tikum is the regional anti-corruption advisor for the UN Development Programme based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He leads UNDP’s efforts to strengthen capacities of African governments and regional organizations to prevent and combat corruption and related development and economic governance challenges in Africa. A noted human rights lawyer and activist, Njoya joined UNDP through the Leadership Development Programme (LEAD), a highly competitive program that prepares young professionals for leadership in the UN(DP) system. Njoya helped managed the Access to Justice and Rule of Law program in South Sudan following its independence from Sudan in 2011. After a second food crisis plagued countries in the Sahel region in 2012, Njoya developed and implemented the UNDP’s Peace Consolidation and Governance in the Sahel Regional Project, which has been instrumental in addressing structural governance and development hurdles across the five affected countries in the region. Njoya is the founder and co-founder of a number of human rights based organizations in his native country of Cameroon (including Human Rights Focus and The Tort for Tortured Victims Center), and is currently developing clinical human rights models of study with a number of universities. Identified as an Emerging Leader by the German Marshall Fund for the United States, and a former Human Rights Fellow with Columbia University, Njoya continues to be passionate about issues of social justice and the inclusive economic transformation of Africa.