Centre of Government and Delivery

First Effective Governance Scholar at Blavatnik School of Government

Posted on: 18th November 2016

Fatou’s background is in women’s health and her passion for the work is obvious. “I come from a country where effectively implementing the right policy is the difference between lives lost and saved” she explains. Her aim is, she says, “to learn how government can be more effective and how I can better serve my community.” 

She is the founder of the Survivor Dream Project, a local non-profit that supports women and young survivors of trauma in Sierra Leone. Now at the Blavatnik School in Oxford, she is studying how public policy is made, implemented and evaluated. She aims to use this new knowledge and experience to help tackle major challenges, such as the high rates of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. 

The AGI scholarship aims to support a new generation of African leaders, who like Fatou are committed to making government work for the people of their countries. I’m delighted to see that the first AGI scholar is such a passionate advocate for women's health in Sierra Leone.

Nick Thompson Managing Director, Effective Governance


The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.