Mohamadou Badiaga is our Programme Manager for Francophone Africa. He has been working in the field of social and financial education since 2018. Mohamadou conducted many advocacy and orientation workshops, organised training, as well as took part in the regional financial education design programme for the UEMOA countries. He has led several social and financial education projects in Francophone Africa countries.
Why do you work for Aflatoun International?
Over the past decades, social and financial education has become an important topic in social development policies. Many international and regional organisations attach great importance to it. However, access to social and financial education remains unequal in different parts of the world. Many countries in Francophone Africa region, though lagging on this issue, have taken stock of the situation and are promoting regional and national policies for inclusion of financial education. It is important to maintain the current momentum so that everyone has access to quality social and financial education.
What is your role at the organisation?
I work as a Programme Manager for Francophone Africa. My core tasks are supporting the implementation of social and financial education programmes in Francophone Africa countries, supporting a network of 30+ partners in delivering social and financial education to children and young adults and assisting the policy dialogue about financial education programmes, as well as working on the technical aspects of national integration to formal schools.
Why is social and financial education important?
Social and financial education is important because it leads to building a healthier life. It is important to understand the value of money, how to manage your budget and what is your relationship with society. Once everyone has access to these basics, societies can become more resilient.
What do you like most about Aflatoun International?
I really like the social franchise model of Aflatoun International, because it is a way to empower local partners and create a win-win collaboration. Aflatoun international continuously builds the capacities of its local partners.
What is something NGOs have to deal with that you want to fix?
Illiteracy and access to quality education. Fight against the first and advocate for the second are the things I want to participate in and help to fix.
How do you see the future of Aflatoun International?
I am really happy to be a part of Aflatoun and am always enthusiastic to promote financial literacy and inclusion through Aflatoun activities.