Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Ibrahim ag Idbaltanat's work was prepared when Ibrahim ag Idbaltanat was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Addressing the long-standing practice of black Touaregs enslaved to white Touaregs, Ibrahim ag Idbaltanat offers an alternative social system based on fraternity and shared heritage to bring the Touareg communities in northern Mali together as one. Stigma and discrimination linked to slave caste identity, coupled with the issues isolation, have made both civil society and the government slow to react. Ibrahim is filling the void at a grassroots level, and assisting communities to reconsider and recreate what it means to be a Touareg.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

More For You