Richard Dzikunu

Action Learning Groups Lead

Richard Dzikunu is an award-winning United Nations youth activist with a track record of influencing adolescent health policy, proven strategic communications, grassroots mobilization, and advocacy skills. In 2018, he received the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Campaign Award from the United Nations during the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany. The award recognized Richard’s work in influencing the Ghana Adolescent Health Policy and empowering women and girls’ in resource-poor settings and persons with disabilities to be meaningfully engaged in national dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Richard brings over 10 years of community, national, and international working experience in sexual and reproductive health rights, primary healthcare programming and advocacy, integration of digital technology and strategies for Universal Health Coverage advocacy, and implementation of projects related to youth-led governance, research, and accountability. He is passionate about working with funders, advocates, researchers, and implementers to systematically integrate youth participation practices in their funding, monitoring, and evaluation mechanisms.

His professional portfolio includes working as a Programs Officer for Curious Minds in Ghana, an Advocacy Associate, Primary Health Care Initiative with PAI in Washington DC, and Youth Officer for Transform Health Association in Geneva. Richard also served on the Board of Directors at Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights based in Canada.