CARE International alumni

Penda Diallo

Penda Diallo

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Penda was formerly a Senior Resilience Advisor, providing technical support and project development assistance on resilience building projects in various CARE country programmes including Niger, Nepal, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Haiti. Before joining CARE she was a livelihoods and governance advisor for Bioclimate, where she worked on projects in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cameroon. Previously she had worked as an environmental consultant for AECOM, and in research and communications roles for the Conflict, Security and Development Group in King’s College London, Helen Keller Worldwide, and the Institute of Labor and Community in New York.

Penda holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Sciences with a focus on the impact of mining on development and politics, an MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St-Andrews and a BA in Advertising and Marketing Communications from De Montfort University. As part of her academic research interest she continues to publish papers on the impact of artisanal and industrial mining in Africa and also regularly contribute to conferences on the subject around the world. She left CARE in 2017 to take up an academic post.

One good thing I've read

Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa: The Tragedy of Endowment by Abiodun Alao. Having gone through a wide range of books on resources, politics and conflict in Africa, and as an African who grew up in mineral resource-rich country, this is the most comprehensive account of the link between natural resources, political and social conflicts in Africa that I have read so far.

I would also recommend the following book to anyone interested in a non-conventional view on the impact of democracy and globalisation: World on fire: How exporting free market democracy breeds ethnic hatred and global instability by Amy Chua.


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