Oladjigbo Katchoni Georges Koba


Research Cluster

Partnership in development cooperation - Access to development cooperation for marginalized group


Prof. Dr. Kadouza Padabô, Université de Kara

Dr. Jhon Picard Byron, Université d’État d’Haïti

PhD Pro­ject Tit­le

Territorial governance and gender: challenges and perspectives in Burkina Faso and Togo


This study entitled: "Territorial governance and gender: challenges and perspectives in Burkina Faso and Togo", aims to analyse, from a gender perspective, the determinants of the low participation of certain social categories in territorial governance and to draw out some useful proposals in order to contribute to ensuring sustainable territorial development. It should be recalled that faced with the recurrent failures of development projects and programmes, the implementing actors decided to rethink their intervention methods. This gave rise to the concept of grassroots development, the fundamental principle of which is the participation of all socio-economic strata of the population in development actions. It was essentially a question of setting up, through a process of decentralisation, authorities and institutions at local level to ensure the planning and implementation of local development.

The low participation of the population in development programmes affects poverty reduction efforts, and poses the gender issue in a more crucial way. Indeed, women and other vulnerable groups such as the disabled, the elderly and children have no say in development projects. To remedy this anomaly and to respond to the various inconsistencies in quantitative participation, various gender analysis tools are being developed with a view to a more relevant analysis of the needs of these various social categories and their true consideration.

In Togo, as in Burkina Faso, the majority of communes have Communal Development Plans (CDPs) which sometimes contain gaps due to the lack of mastery of certain concepts by the actors.  In Togo, on the one hand, the distribution of roles and tasks between the different levels of the public administration has not yet been decided. On the other hand, actors suffer from a lack of understanding regarding the implementation of decentralisation and deconcentration. In Burkina Faso, it is essentially the difficulties linked to the internalisation of certain new concepts, and the questions induced by the country's current security situation that seem to be at the centre of governance concerns.

The main question of this study is formulated as follows: What are the challenges and prospects related to gender that could enable good governance in Togo and Burkina Faso? The main objective is to analyse the modes of territorial governance according to gender for local development perspectives.

This study will combine several collection tools and will be conducted in a participatory manner with the help of all stakeholders in decentralisation in order to produce relevant results and proposals for solutions applicable to both territories.
The main expected result is an analysis leading to the production of practical knowledge. In general, an analysis of gender implementations in territorial governance and the benefits that can be derived from them will be produced.

Edu­ca­tio­nal Back­ground

  • 2020: Master in Regional Planning and Land Management at the Pan African Institute for Development - West Africa and Sahel (IPD-AOS) - Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso
  • 2019: Master's degree in Gender, Population and Development at the Pan-African Institute for Development in West Africa and the Sahel (IPD-AOS) Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso
  • 2016: State Diploma in Social Development Management, Option: Participatory Local Development at the National School of Social Training (Lomé-Togo)
  • 2011: Baccalauréat d'enseignement du troisième degré (BAC2) série A4, philosophie et lettre au Petit Séminaire st Pie X d'Agoè-nyivé (Lomé-Togo)

Pro­fes­sio­nal Ex­pe­ri­ence

  • Currently: I am an independent consultant in my spare time
  • November 2021 - December 2021: Project Officer "Contribution of Women of Faith to Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding" with the Network of Women of Faith for Peace in Burkina Faso in partnership with OXFAM- Burkina Faso
  • August 2021 - October 2021: Project Officer "Data-driven advocacy for girls' education in crisis situations in Africa" with the Pan-African Women's Welfare Initiative (PWAWI) (Part-time work)
  • October 2020 - October 2021: Project and Training Officer at IPD-AOS
  • January 2020 - February 2020: Assistant trainer on the modules "Methodology of environmental diagnosis" and "gender approach" at IPD-AOS.
  • November 2019: Rapporteur at the colloquium on the consideration of gender in the resolution of the humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso
  • September 2018 - June 2019: Participation in the second year of the Support Project for Social and Solidarity Economy Enterprises in Africa (PA-EESSA) at IPD-AOS.  (Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso)