But I believe our generation will put an end to this.

Are you networked with other organisations?
Yes, I have already partnered with two US-based organisations, Common Pastures – an NGO that provides opportunities for small farmers and their families to reach their highest potential while improving the environment – and Bell Care – a company that provides creative and educational opportunities for all ages, through arts-based programmes and events designed to teach life-skills for positive growth. I am in contact with other organisations through their leaders, whom I met in Africa, Europe and USA during leadership conferences and seminars. Through Common Pastures and Bell Care, two trainers volunteered to Mali in January 2017. They came and conducted community development training in my community in partnership with the town hall in Kalana. During this training, over 100 people were empowered.

Has your own training sufficiently prepared you for your work as an entrepreneur today?
I have not at all regretted my English degree and my bachelor in business administration. However, with my passion for leadership and community development, a degree in governance or decentralisation would help me a lot. But today, thanks to the Internet, I am developing my skills in many other fields such as leadership, communication, agriculture development and, more importantly, youth development.

Imagine you were an advisor to the Malian Government. Which recommendations would you make?
I want the government of Mali to make rural areas more attractive through agriculture development. I want them to adapt our education system to reflect the real needs on the ground. As already mentioned, we need more electricians, welders, carpenters, doctors and mechanics rather than lawyers, historians, psychologists, etc. So I would advise the Mali government to improve governance and invest in projects with a bigger impact such as agriculture development, building hospitals, roads, and schools, and providing clean water and electricity in order to change the face of our rural areas.
I believe that if we make rural areas more attractive today, we will give young people hope, and prevent them from ending up in negative situations such as getting into the hands of terrorists or nearly dying attempting to migrate to better opportunities.


Alfousseni Sidibe holds a “School of Computer Science and Management” degree in Business Management and Administration and an English degree at the Faculty of Letter, Languages, Arts and Human Sciences of Bamako.