Almoustapha Amadou joined HD in 2014 to develop the organisation’s strategic plan for agro-pastoral mediation and conflict prevention related to transhumance in the border regions of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. After detailed discussions with the communities, he developed a methodology based on their ancestral methods of conflict resolution. The aim was to rekindle trust between communities on both sides of borders that had been weakened due to the Malian conflict of 2012. Almoustapha has a degree in agricultural engineering from the Malian Institut Polytechnique Rural de Katibougou. His previous work includes 15 years as an adviser on pastoralism and natural resources management for the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). In addition, he has carried out various studies and projects on pastoral resource management in nomadic areas and has worked to strengthen rural organizations in their dialogue with the authorities on pastoral resource management.
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
As a Swiss nonprofit Foundation, HD is supervised by a Board, which serves on a voluntary basis. It sets the mission and the general policy of the Foundation and provides overall supervision of the development and implementation of the organisation’s programme and administration, as managed by the Senior Management Team.
HD’s team has grown from a small group of 6 people in 1999 to more than 300 from over 40 different nationalities today, supervised by a 11 member Senior Management Team. The organisation is made up of individuals driven by meaningful objectives who are dedicated to making a difference through peace and mediation efforts.