Ibrahima Sory Diallo

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Ibrahima Sory Diallo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Due to a lack of government regulation, Senegal’s growing mining industry continues to pollute groundwater and violate international labor rights. Rather than tackle individual abuses on a case-by-case basis, Ibrahima is creating an industry that is transparent, regulated, and respectful of the needs of citizens. To this end, he has initiated a three-way consultation process between government, civil society, and mining representatives to improve conditions in the mining areas.
To ensure that improvements are carried out, Ibrahima has mobilized students and professional groups to act as watchdogs over the industry. These partnerships produced a report that has led to major changes in the government Mining Code. The groups will continue to provide research on a range of technical and economic subjects, focusing on regular public updates on the conditions in Senegal’s mining areas, as well as the global mining industry as whole.
Ibrahima’s organization, La Lumière, also collaborates with citizen groups in neighboring countries to create a common international approach to the mining industry. Because several nearby countries have a longer history with mining, Senegal has been pressured to relax restrictions on its own industry to remain competitive. Ibrahima recognizes that a unified international policy will ultimately be essential if true reform is to take place. 
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