Komi Edem Assigbley sits in a tall black office chair with a cork bulletin board behind him wearing a tan collared shirt with an abstract circular pattern in black, yellow and white. His dark hair is shortly cropped and he smiles slightly at the camera.

Komi Edem Assigbley is a development and social change anthropologist in Togo. He graduated with a master's degree from the University of Lomé in 2010. Since 2012, he has volunteered as project assistant in the community development office of Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement. Komi Edem supports the development of local communities, the fight against climate change, access to renewable energies (including improved stoves and solar lamps), and social mobilization. Komi Edem also helps communities draft and implement their plans for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Komi Edem hopes to learn how to manage development organizations, with a focus on the different levels of development planning, implementation of the SDGs, and youth leadership with regard to the environment and other key development areas. He also hopes to learn about the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects; human resource management within an organization or development structure; and different tools for implementing and monitoring the SDGs at the global and national level. Last, Komi Edem hopes to expand his knowledge of climate change and renewable energies.

Last updated: 2021


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