Penda Diallo

Penda Diallo

Role: Senior Resilience Advisor

Team: Programmes and Policy team


I provide 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 I was a livelihoods and governance advisor for Bioclimate, where I worked on projects in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cameroon. Previously I have 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.

I hold 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, a MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St-Andrews and a BA in Advertising and Marketing Communications from De Montfort University. I am a visiting research Associate at King’s College London. As part of my academic research interest I continue 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.

Previously, I spent time advocating on the issues affecting children in armed conflict. As a result, I was selected for the UN Youth Advocacy Council for Children and Armed conflict and I have spoken at the EU and UN on issues related to children and armed conflict.

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.