This month’s Meet the Staff feature highlights the Pathways Project Manager of CARE Mali, Boniface Diallo. Boniface has been with CARE for the past five years, but is soon passing on the torch to another Pathways team member so that he can retire. Merci pour votre dévouement, Boniface, et au revoir!
Name: Boniface Diallo
Title: Pathways Project Manager
Country Office: Mali
Boniface has been with CARE Mali since 2009, when he became the Pathways Project Manager. To fulfill this role, he worked on the initial proposal work in Mali, created job descriptions and staffed the Mali Pathways team, was the core person that coordinated the design and implementation of Pathways in Mali, and also worked with four different NGOs to build strategic partnerships that would benefit the project. Currently, the CARE Mali Pathways project, which is referred to as “Nyeleni”, serves 21,000 poor smallholder women farmers across the country. Every week, Boniface makes the 4 hour commute from his home in Bamako to work in Segou in order help improve the livelihoods of this large impact group.
Over the course of Boniface’s long career in development, he has held a variety of positions that have made him an expert in agriculture, markets, and capacity building. Boniface initially got involved with development work with an economic diploma and a bachelor of business administration. He then joined the University of Quebec at Montreal to earn his MBA. He currently holds certifications in Training of Trainers, Agriculture, and Information and Communication. Most recently, Boniface has held positions across Mali in the World Bank Program for Competitiveness and Diversification of Agriculture, the UNDP regarding program capacity building of the Civil Society of Democratic Ways, and the USAID Sustainable Economic Growth and Agricultural Enterprise Center.
Boniface decided to work on the Pathways Project because of the tangible difference it makes in the lives of women in his country. One of his happiest moments is seeing the transformation of women participants in Nyeleni. He said that at first, women had very little confidence and esteem to speak in public. After one year, he saw the same women leading wonderful discussions face-to-face with whole microfinance groups. He finds great satisfaction in seeing these transformed women operational in markets with more confidence and business savvy.
While we are sad to see Boniface leave CARE Mali for retirement, he feels that his job here is done; he has reached his personal goal of training everyone on the team, and he now wants to collaborate with another program or institute to give his through different workshops or consultations. Boniface is also a teacher, and he plans to stay involved in the Bamako High Institute of Management. Though Boniface is officially departing from his position at CARE, we have no doubt that his impact will last much longer through his contributions to development in the future and as part of the institutionalized structure of Pathways Mali. We are excited to know that Boniface will be able to spend more time at home surrounded by his family, and are very grateful to have had him as part of the CARE Mali team for the past four years.
Contributor: Lauren Theis