Rita Effah is a Senior Climate Finance Officer at the African Development Bank (AfDB). She is the Coordinator of the Africa Climate Change Fund, a multi-donor trust fund hosted by the AfDB to improve the resilience of African countries to the negative impacts of climate change and the transition to sustainable low-carbon development. Rita manages 15 small grants projects that are strengthening the technical capacities of 16 African countries to access international climate finance and implement small-scale adaptation projects to enhance their resilience.
Prior to joining the AfDB, Rita worked as a Programme Officer with UNDP Ghana developing and implementing projects and initiatives on integrating environmentally sustainable production practices into cocoa production; south-south cooperation on renewable energy technology transfer between China-Ghana and the implementation of Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Rita also worked with the Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) in East Africa as the Africa Programme Coordinator, where she managed projects promoting the adoption of off-grid renewable energy technologies using market mechanisms to establish renewable energy enterprises in rural communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi.
Rita holds an M.Sc. in Forest Science from Yale School of Environment and a BSc in Natural Resources Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Rita is a 2021-2022 CBEY Visiting Expert & Mentor - book a meeting with Rita here.