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Paul James
Program Manager, Elections
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Paul James is a results-driven international affairs, elections and electoral systems expert with over 17 years of experience. He has extensive experience working on governance, elections and civil society development initiatives. His interests include among others capacity building, movement building, electoral integrity, economic justice and social accountability.

Paul is highly skilled in research, program design, program management, institutional capacity development, service delivery, budget tracking, accountability, process improvement, institutional capacity development, advocacy, community mobilization, evidence-based programming, database management and data analysis among others.

Paul has actively participated in over 30 election observation missions both within and outside Nigeria with working experience in over 10 African countries. Through these missions, he has supported capacity-building initiatives, policy reviews and led advocacy efforts to deepen understanding of the electoral process.  

Paul also has extensive experience in designing training programs and facilitating workshops, he has conducted over 350 training sessions across Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ukraine.

At Yiaga Africa, he has managed the training programmes that have trained and deployed over 9,000 citizen observers to observe the electoral and governance processes since 2016, as well as other interventionist programs.

Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. 

Paul is a public affairs analyst and a regular contributor to national and international discourse in the broadcast and print media.


Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.