Ousmane Bah | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“We should see ourselves as part of the solutions to our challenges.” – Ousmane Bah

Ousmane has over 10 years of experience in the community development sector, working in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. He works with programs focusing on youth education, sexual reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and early/precocious marriage.

Ousmane […]

Seraphine Kando | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“We are being creative, and we just want to get the platform to be able to contribute effectively to the development of our country.” – Seraphine Kando

Seraphine is a human rights lawyer and advocate with a master’s degree in Law and post-graduate diploma in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. She is […]

Google+ Hangout with Precinct Washington Fellow Sylvie Tougoma

Presidential Precinct Washington Fellow Sylvie Tougouma from Burkina Faso participates in a Google + Hangout with Evan Ryan Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Dana Hughes, ABC News Digital Reporter

Watch the Google + Hangout here:


MS. HUGHES: Good afternoon, or […]

Sylvie Tougouma – YALI Impact Story

July 17, 2014 | Sylvie Tougouma | 2014 Washington Fellow

Sylvie Tougouma, a 2014 Washington Fellow from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, shares her experience with the 2014 YALI program here at the Presidential Precinct.

A Change of Direction

July 13, 2014 | Sylvie Tougouma | 2014 Washington Fellow

Life is a journey of learning for me. In the following lines I will talk about what I am experiencing through the Washington Fellowship Program with the Presidential Precinct in Virginia. First of all, I should mention that I am learning so […]

Sylvie Tougouma: YALI 2014 Reflection

June 16, 2014 | Sylvie Tougouma | 2014 Washington Fellow

“Rao ne Pag ka yembreye!” For me, this widespread expression, meaning
“men and women are not the same,” is indicative of patriarchy in the Mossi
society, the major ethnic group in Burkina Faso. In a Mossi family, the husband
is called “Zak Soba” which means […]