Chérifatou Gounou

Program Manager, Batonga Mentors Network

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Graduated with a professional degree in Human Geography from Abomey-Calavi University, Cherifatou is a passionate advocate for empowering vulnerable girls and for girls’ education. She channels this passion through her role as the Assistant for Program Design, Innovation, and Gender Inclusion at the Batonga Foundation.

Previously, she served for several years as a field agent for The Research Laboratory on Social Dynamics and Local Development (LASDEL) in the Atacora and Donga departments under the Belgian Technical Cooperation’s (BTC) Justice Sector Support Project (PASJ). Additionally, she served as a field agent on the Structural Causes of Child Trafficking which was led by the Central Technical Assistance Office (CTBT) of the European Union and UNICEF.

Cherifatou has also worked on the World Bank’s school canteen nutrition project and the General Directorate of Water and UNDP’s climate information system project. She brings this extensive experience, motivation, and passion to her role at the Batonga Foundation.