The Sahel Alliance is pleased to welcome a new liaison expert, Sadjo COULIBALY, who has just taken up her post in Bamako to support members’ efforts in Mali.
Sadjo brings with her a wealth of skills and experience useful to the Alliance’s development initiatives. Initially trained as a computer engineer, she also holds a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Project Coordination from the Bioforce Africa Center in Dakar. She began her professional career in telecommunications, but it was in the associative life she led throughout her school and professional career that she developed a strong attraction for humanitarian and development issues, before finally taking the plunge for her professional reconversion. In 2014 and 2015, she participated in two editions of the Academy of Popular Education in Togo organised by the association Visions Solidaires focusing on the themes of democracy, diversity and civic-mindedness. In 2017, she travelled to Liberia on a volunteer mission to teach young children. Upon her return, she took up a position as Project Coordinator at Save Our School in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2018, she took part in the African Youth Fellowship initiated by the World Peace Initiative Foundation in Thailand where she was registered as a Peace Agent.
The same year, she was selected by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) as part of a maritime caravan called “Libres Ensemble, de l’Atlantique à la Méditerranée” (Free Together, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean) to sail on board the historic ship ‘L’Hermione’ alongside several young people from all over the world to promote ‘Vivre-Ensemble” (Living Together) and diversity. Sadjo is also an Alumni of the 15th class of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) at the Regional Center for Leadership – CESAG Senegal, an initiative of Barack Obama supported by USAID. She then joined the UN Women office in Côte d’Ivoire where she supported the programme teams of the Governance, Security and Peace, Women’s Economic Empowerment portfolios and the department in charge of gender-based violence.
According to Sadjo, “Working with the Sahel Alliance means being at the heart of the concept of the ‘Grand Bargain’ concluded between major donors and humanitarian organisations at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 for better aid effectiveness in one of the most complex regions of the world today”. As a liaison expert, she will work closely with Alliance spokespersons in Mali to strengthen members’ cooperation in support of development initiatives initiated for the country’s people. Welcome to her!