Omano Edigheji





  • African Development Bank: Co-lead Consultant, 2017 Education Triennale. (2015 – Present).
  • NEPAD Planning Agency (Midrand, South Africa): Commissioned to write the content on South-South Cooperation for the African Development Effectiveness portal.
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and African Union Commission (AUC) – both located in Addis Ababa. Commissioned to contribute one of the two thematic chapters to the ECA Economic Report for Africa, 2011 entitled Governing Development.
  • UNDP Ghana and the Institute for Democracy and Development Report of Ghana Governance (IDEG): Member of the Technical Committee of the 2011 Human Development Report entitled Democratic Political Transition and Human Development.
  • Gauteng Department of Finance and Economic Affairs, South Africa: Sub-contracted by the Mohlaleng Strategy Advisors to work on the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Strategy. 2006.
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva: Resource person for the ILO on its social dialogue programme. 
  • Gauteng Department of Local Government, South Africa: Lead Consultant for the Department in developing its Strategic Plan. 2004. 
  • African Institute of South Africa (AISA) Pretoria, South Africa: Consulted for the AISA on the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). Designed capacity building programme on NEPAD. 
  • The Open Society Institute Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP): Consultant for its Political Representation project. 2004. 
  • African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC), Harare, Zimbabwe: Consulted for ARLAC on the Social Dialogue programme in Africa. The project focused among others on, Trends and challenges of Social Dialogue in Africa, Gender and Social Dialogue in Africa, HIV-AIDS and Social Dialogue in Africa and Informal Sector and Social Dialogue in Africa.
  • International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO), Turin, Italy: Consultant for the ITCILO since 1999. Member of a research team that worked on a project on Multimedia Modular Training Package on its Gender Project and Employment. In 2001, participated in the ILO/ITC Technical Meeting of Experts on the Law and Practice of Social Dialogue in the Civil Service. Turin, Italy. In 2003, the consultant evaluated South Africa’s Employers’ workplace HIV-AIDS programmes. Subsequently, contributed to designing the ITCILO strategic plan for the capacity-building programme for South African Employers. 
  • Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), Johannesburg:  Consulted for HURISA in designing its strategic plan on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Education for High School Pupils in South Africa. (2001).
  • National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), Johannesburg: Contracted by NALEDI to review of the evolution of Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa.
  • Ntsika Promotion Enterprise Agency, Pretoria: Project Manager and one of the Researchers on Ntsika commissioned research on SMMEs and Marketing in South Africa carried out by the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, Wits University  


    • Member, Kaduna State Government (KDSG) and APC Transition Committee, 2023
    • Member, APC Campaign Council, Kaduna State, 2023
    • Member, Kaduna State Government Executive Council, July 2019 – Present. 
    • Member, Kaduna State Government Transition Committee, 2019. 
    • Deputy Director, Directorate of Policy Research and Strategy, Buhari/El-Rufai Campaign Council, Kaduna State. 2018 – 2019.
    • Member, Directorate of Media and Strategic Communication, Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team, APC Presidential Campaign. 2019. 
    • Chairman, Strategy Committee, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Campaign Committee (2014 – 2015)
    • Secretary, Transition Committee, All Progressives Congress (APC), Kaduna State (2015)
    • Member, Advisory Committee, Conversation Africa. http//www. (2015 – date)
    • Member, Advisory Committee, Global Young Academy, Africa. (2015 – date)


  • Political Commentator/Analyst on African social, economic and political development. Commentator/ analyst for SABC Africa on Africa’s social, political and economic issues. Wrote various feature articles on South Africa and Africa’s several newspapers including ThisDay and the Sowetan. Interviewed by several national and international TV stations including E-News (South Africa), CNBC Africa (South Africa) and Aljazeera. 
  • Adviser, Global Young Academy (GloSYS Africa Project, Germany. 2016.
  • Member of Advisory Committee, The Conversation Africa, (2015 – Present).
  • Member, International Advisory Council: African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development. Abuja, Nigeria. (From 2009 – Present).
  • Director, Governance Institute, Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA). 2006. 
  • Editorial Board Member, Globalizations Journal (based in the UK) (August 2004 – 2015).
  • Member, Association of African Political Science (Since 2002 – 2007).
  • Member, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) (Since 2002).
  • Founding Member, Globalisation Studies Network (since 2004 – until it became defunct).
  • Editorial Board Member, Virtual Denizen, an electronic journal for contemporary debate (inception in 1997 – 2001).
  • One of few academics who advised the African National Congress (ANC) on the 2004 General Election. 
  • Editorial Board Member, Globalizations Journal (based in the UK) (August 2004 – Present).
  • External Associate, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, UK (November 2004 – October 2007).


  • National Higher Education Summit, Nigeria – “Exploiting Diversity, Differentiation and Quality Assurance in Revitalizing the Nigerian Higher Education System”. Organised by the Committee of Vice Chancellors, Nigeria, National Universities Commission (NUC) and TrustAfrica. November 2016. 
  • National Higher Education Summit, Ghana – “Towards National Vision and Plan”. Organized under the National Council of Tertiary Education, Ghana, Ministry of Education Ghana and TrustAfrica. October 2016.
  • First Continental Summit on African Higher Education – “Revitalising African Higher Education for Africa’s Future”. March 2015.
  • National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education in Ghana – “Repositioning Tertiary Education for National Development”. Organised under the National Council of Tertiary Education, Ghana, Ministry of Education Ghana and TrustAfrica. May 2013.
  • National Policy Dialogue – “The Future and Relevance of Nigerian Universities and other Tertiary Institutions”. Organised by the Committee of Vice Chancellors, Nigeria and TrustAfrica. November 2012. 
  • The 4th Higher Education Forum, 2012 – “Good Governance for Sustainable Quality University Education in Tanzania”. Organised under the auspices of TrustAfrica and the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, Tanzania. 
  • Conference on building a Career, Professional and Capable Public Service in South Africa. Organised under the auspice of the Public Service Commission of South Africa, 2014.
  • Public Lecture on “State Capacity for Development”. Delivered by Prof Atul Kohli. May 2010. Pretoria, South Africa. 
  • Public Lecture “Renewable Energies as a Development Pathway for Southern Africa”. February 2010, Pretoria, South Africa.



  • Nigeria: Democracy Without Development. How to Fix It. 2020. Lagos: A’lime Media
  • The Future and Relevance of Nigerian Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (co-editor) (2016). Abuja: Committee of Vice Chancellors and Dakar: TrustAfrica.
  • Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa:  The Potentials and Challenges (ed) (2010 – March). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Governance in the New South Africa: The Challenges of Globalisation. (co-editor). Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press. 2003
  • The IMF, the World Bank and the Destruction of Africa (co-author). Entropia Publishers, Athens. 1996
  • The Church and Human Rights (co-editor). Lagos: Civil Liberties Organisation and Justice and Peace Commission, Ijebu-Ode Catholic Diocese. 1993
  • Guest Editor, Africa Development, Vol. XXXIII, No 4, 2008. Special Issue on “Public Sector Reforms in Africa”.


  • “Repositioning Nigerian higher education for the challenges of the 21st century (co-author) in Faborode, Michael and Edigheji, Omano (eds) 2016. The Future and Relevance of Nigerian Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions. Abuja: Committee of Vice Chancellors, and Dakar: TrustAfrica. Pp. 1 – 8. 
  • “Democratic Developmental States? Institutional Structures for Incubating an Indigenous Entrepreneurial Class and Poverty Reduction in Malaysia and South Africa” in Omoweh, Daniel A (ed) (2012) The Feasibility of a Democratic Developmental State in the South. Dakar: CODESRIA. Pp. 107 – 130. 
  • “Africa’s Need for a Democratic Developmental State: Opportunities and Challenges”. Chapter in the Economic Report for Africa 2011: Governing Development in Africa – The Role of the State in economic transformation. Addis Ababa: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC).
  • “Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa:  The Potentials and Challenges”. In Edigheji (ed) Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa:  The Potentials and Challenges (ed) (2010). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • “Rethinking national planning institutions: A critical appraisal of the Green Paper” New Agenda. Issue 37, First Quarter 2010. p18 – 24. 
  • “How to construct a 21st-century developmental state in Africa”. New Agenda. Third Quarter 2009. Pp60 – 63.  
  • “Globalization and Evolving Local Governance in Norway”. GLOBALIZATIONS. Vol.6, No.2. Pp. 207 – 223. June 2009.
  • “Introduction: Public Sector Reforms and the Quest for Democratic Developmentalism in Africa. Africa Development, Vol. XXXIII, No 4, 2008. Pp. 1 – 13. 
  •  “Envisioning a democratic developmental State in South Africa: Theoretical and Policy Issues” (Co-author with Olive Shisana and Temba Masilela). New Agenda. Issue 31, Third Quarter 2008
  • “Political Representation in Africa: Towards a Conceptual Framework”. African Development. Vol. XXXI, No. 3. 2006. Pp. 99 – 119
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