Meet Oumou Koulibaly, the new Knowledge sharing Officer at ENDA
jnnam | 2012-01-28 16:48
Who is Oumou?
My full name is Oumou Koltoum Koulibaly, originally from Burkina
Faso. I graduated in English Studies at the University of Burkina Faso and later received my Masters degree in Cultural Management and Administration at the same university. In 2009, I received a post-graduate diploma in International Rural Development at the Royal Agricultural College (UK), majoring in climate change.
I love anything related to environment, climate change, sustainable development, and poverty alleviation. I have a growing interest in agriculture as the sector from which 70-90% of the African population gets its livelihood, and also as the most vulnerable sector to the effects of climate change. In my free time, I enjoy surfing the internet, watching movies, travelling, networking and swimming.
What inspired you to join AfricaAdapt?
I was inspired by the mission of the project [to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable people in Africa through increasing access to and use of knowledge assets by all stakeholders on climate change adaptation]. In Africa there are many organisations involved in climate change, but there is a lack of communication to reach vulnerable communities so the idea of sharing knowledge between and with them is a good way to put their indigenous knowledge to use.
Were you previously involved in any work on climate change?
My first “touch” with climate change was in December 2006 when I was working with the CSD 15 (Commission on Sustainable Development) vice-chair for Africa, Mr. Alain Edouard Traore, as his bilingual assistant. During that period I attended the CSD15 meeting in New York, an experience that raised my awareness on key environmental issues and I decided to learn more about it.
In 2008, I got a grant to study International Rural Development in the UK and took climate change as one of my options. I did an internship at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), where i focused on the socio-economic and environmental impact of the production and consumption of meat and dairy products in developing countries. My master’s research was on “Climate change and the impacts on sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso: adaptations and mitigations”.
What are you looking forward to the most in your new job as a KSO?
My career goals include building strategies to improve the livelihood of poor people in rural areas and strengthen their resilience to climate change and other environmental issues. I believe my job as a KSO will allow me interact with policy makers and communities, and bring me closer to achieving my goals.