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Kwesi Botchwey is a Ghanaian former government official and Professor of Practice in Development Economics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. Botchwey was Ghana's Minister of Finance from 1982 to 1995. He was appointed by Jerry Rawlings to assist in stabilizing Ghana's collapsed economy.

Botchwey holds an LL.B. from the University of Ghana, a LL.M from Yale Law School, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. He taught at the University of Zambia, the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and the University of Ghana


  • Advisor to the World Bank on the 1997 World Development Report
  • Member and Chairman of IMF's Group of Independent Experts who conducted the first ever external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility
  • Advisor to the UNDP's UN Special Initiative on Africa
  • Advisor to the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)


  • Transforming the Periphery: A study of the struggle of social forces in Ghana for democracy and national sovereignty, United Nations, 1981 (ISBN 92-808-0309-3; ISSN 0379-5772), DSDRSCA-83/UNUO-309
  • "Obstacles to Centralized Reform: An African Perspective" in Deepening Structural Reform in Africa, Lessons from East Asia, ed. Laura Wallace, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, 1996.
  • Implementing Debt Relief for the HIPCs, (co-author), Center for International Development, Harvard (1999).
  • “Whither the Partnership Agenda in Development Cooperation: A Country perspective,” 4th Conference on Evaluation and Development, World Bank (2001)
  • “The New Partnership for Africa’s Economic Development: Internal and External Visions,” NEPAD: Internal and External Visions and Influences (2003)


Member and Convener Team of academics from Yale, Oxford, and the Free University of Amsterdam that conducted and has just finished the first External evaluation at the request of the Executive Board of the IMF, of the Fund’s Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility (ESAF).

Member Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons for the Facilitation of the Signing of the Uruguay Round of GATT Negotiations.

Member OECD group of high-level experts for the review of the OECD study on "Globalization and Linkages to 2020: Challenges and Opportunities for OECD countries (1996).

Member Commonwealth Expert Group on Good Governance and the Elimination of Corruption in Economic Management

Member Panel of High Level Personalities on African Development – an advisory group established to assist the UN Secretary-General in advocating greater support for African development and in coordinating the UN system’s activities in the region.


  • "HIV/AIDS and Economic Development in Africa" Theme Paper, African Development Forum, Economic Commission for Africa, December 2000.
  • "Magnitude and Drivers of the Brain Drain in Africa" Keynote Address at the 1999 Africa Business Conference, Harvard University, 30 January 1999.
  • "Growth and Poverty Alleviation in Africa", ODC Conference on African Economic Recovery, 1996.
  • "Deepening Structural Adjustment Reforms and Policies for Growth in Africa", May 1996.
  • "Growth and Poverty Alleviation", ODC Conference on African Economic Recovery, 11–12 June 1996.
  • "Globalization: What has it meant for Africa and what does the future portend?" Presented at the Seminar on International Solidarity and Globalization: In Search of New Strategies, Stockholm, 1997.
  • "The Role of the State, the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury Secretary in the context of Economic Liberalization and Globalization", Abidjan, June 1998.
  • "The Politics of Administrative Reform", World Bank, June 1998.
  • "Mobilizing capital flows in support of accelerated African development - the role of capital markets", Washington, DC, July 1998.

I am currently Founder and Executive Chairman of the African Policy Ownership Initiative (ADPOI), and a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council in Ghana. I am also a serving member of the UN Committee on Development Policy. 

Do I have any other current incarnations? Yes, two: I am Nana Kwesi Tenkorang, Juantuahene of Agona Asafo,, and head of the Agona Asafo Abrade clan, and the Mpuntuhene of the Agona Nyarkrom Paramountcy.

And is there a Kwesi Botchwey brood? Yes I have a large one, of whom I am very proud. I have three daughters and a son: There is Nana Ama, a lawyer and investment consultant, Nana Kobina Fosu, a Professor in bio-engineering, Maame Adwoa, a hotelier, and Brianna, a University student. The second layer of the brood includes four nephews who also double up as the brothers I didn’t have, and two nieces. I also, importantly have a large extended family; that is to say: I am every bit a Ghanaian and an African!.

And do I have any passions? Of course I do. I love cars and own a small fleet of them - my 24+year old Citroen 2CV is the greatest of them. I am also an avid tennis fan and player - I am a Serena and Nadal fan - and I paint when the spirit hits me. African development in all its aspects, is my grand lifelong passion.