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Adelaide Addo-Fenning, appointed as the 3rd party Whistle-blowing Trustee

Mrs. Adelaide Addo-Fening has been appointed by the Governing Council of STAR Ghana Foundation as the 3rd party Whistle-blowing trustee of the Foundation.


Adelaide Addo-Fening is an International Development specialist consultant with 25 years’ experience working across Ghana and globally. The primary focus of her work has been on Social and Public Policy, Institutional Development and Civil Society Strengthening. Within these broad areas, she has worked extensively on programmes that strengthen social sectors, such as Health and Education; advocate for good governance and promote Inclusive Development approaches.

More recently, until October 2020, she worked in the Oil and Gas sector as Team Leader for the Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) Programme, a UK government funded programme aimed at supporting Ghana to maximize the benefits from the petroleum industry.

Prior to joining GOGIG in 2015, she held the position of International Programmes Director for Sightsavers International, a UK based charity, and was responsible for overseeing the organization’s work in 33 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. She also worked previously as West and Central Africa Regional Director for VSO, (also a UK based charity), after serving as Ghana Country Director for the same organization. In 2004, Adelaide was awarded an Honorary OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition of her contributions in VSO. 

Adelaide is a trustee of the STAR Ghana Foundation, having served previously on the steering committee of the STAR Ghana Programme. She is member of the School Management Committee of the University of Ghana Business School and a founding member of an NGO, the Centre for Civic Development and Empowerment. She has previously served as Director of the International Council for Education of the Visually Impaired (ICEVI), board member of Sightsavers Ireland and member of steering/governing committees of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Rights and Voice Initiative Fund (RAVI), World Bank Small Grants Programme. United Way Ghana and Common Purpose Ghana.

Adelaide serves in the Kingdom of God as Leader of the Women’s Ministry at Agape House New Testament Church where she worships, and as co-convener of Mothers Pray Global, a platform to enlighten, encourage, equip, and empower mothers to stand in prayer for children.

She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and holds a master’s degree in Democracy, Governance and Law and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Arabic.

Adelaide is married to John Addo-Fening, and they have three children, Andre, Nana Ekua and Ewurama.

Rationale for the Whistleblowing Policy

This policy is primarily for concerns or disclosures where the interest of others or of STAR-Ghana Foundation is at risk. Such concerns or disclosures are ones that the individual(s) raising the concern reasonably believes tend to show that one or more of the following matters is either happening now, took place in the past, or is likely to happen in the future:

  • a criminal offence
  • physical, sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment
  • the breach of a legal obligation
  • a miscarriage of justice
  • a danger to the health and safety of any individual
  • damage to the environment
  • deliberate concealment of information tending to show any of the above five matters.

The policy provides an alternative route for raising staff concerns if they do not feel able to raise it through normal line management channels or the worker raising the issue feels that it is sufficiently serious to escalate because there has been no progress in addressing the issue through line management.

Who can report?

STAR-Ghana Foundation staff/partner/community who become aware of any type of offence, captured under this policy, on the part of colleagues, senior officers or others, or who have serious concerns about malpractice, sexual violence theft or fraud which might adversely affect STAR-Ghana Foundation’s business or reputation or might otherwise put at risk the health or safety of anyone.

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