Joseph Cheayan

Joseph cheayan

Senior Program Associate

Mr Cheayan is Senior Programme Associate and head of IREDD’s Legislative Governance Program where he spearheads the creation of several legislative governance and policy reform campaigns with focused on global parliamentary openness, citizens’ participation in legislative decision-making and legislative modernization. He contributed to the creation of a modern web-platform referred to as Liberian Lawmakers Watch, a site that provides key information on the Liberian Legislature.

Mr. Cheayan has over the past years immensely contributed to the establishment of several not-for-profit civil society youth-led organizations that include the Mandela Washington Fellows-Liberia, ROJALNU-Liberia, and the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition. He is former member of the UNFPA Youth Advisory Board on Family Planning and Beyond2014 ICPD global campaign on Adolescents and Youth education.

Mr. Cheayan interest is in political accountability, politics of government service delivery, impact of decentralization reform on local governance and citizen’s participation in decision making, politics of slums and the role of the middle class in shaping political and social outcomes.

Mr. Cheayan is candidate for a BA degree in Criminal Justice at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the African Methodist Episcopal University. He also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA), Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights and Drug Policy from the University of Ghana School of Law and Post Graduate Certificate in Political Governance & Development from the Preparing Global Leaders Institute in Tetovo, Macedonia. He is Integrity Action UK and Open Budget Partnership Summer School Scholar, a 2015 Mandela Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). He is 2016 Remote Fellow of the Millennium Campus Fellowship, Boston, USA.