A new employee, Carmelle Nezerwe joins the Sahel Alliance office in Brussels. As Office Manager, Carmelle will be in charge of organising the Alliance’s events. We are pleased to welcome her into our team to strengthen efforts towards partnerships for development in the Sahel!
Driven by the vast economic disparities both at local and global levels, Carmelle completed a Bachelor’s degree in Communication for Development at the Université Lumière in Bujumbura (Burundi), followed by an internship in communication at UNDP and journalistic work for a Burundian media, in the area of social economy.
She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a focus on “Development and Interculturality” at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). In this context, she studied the issue of decolonisation of the public space and mentalities in Belgium. This question led her to complete her training with a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action in order to deepen her understanding of the socio-cultural issues to be taken into account, even in an emergency context.
In 2021, Carmelle contributed to the work of the Sahel Alliance for the first time as a junior communication consultant.
She then became a coordinator and facilitator in permanent education within a Belgian association, on the themes of migration and women’s emancipation.
In May 2022, she joined the team of the Sahel Alliance Coordination Office in Brussels as Office Manager to assist the Alliance Coordinator in the organisation of events and to support the team in monitoring procurement procedures and contracts.
For Carmelle, the Sahel Alliance focuses on two key aspects in the fight against poverty and marginalisation: creating opportunities for young people and supporting women’s empowerment: “Although the contexts are different, my experience in a developing country has allowed me to gain a fairly extensive understanding of the issues faced by youth and women in building society, as well as their exclusion from several angles, including the political and decision-making spheres. The involvement of these groups in development programmes as actors of change is essential in the implementation of development policies.”