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Virginie Tallio, Ph.D., is an anthropologist. She worked at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany), ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal) and Makerere University (Uganda). She has developed an expertise on refugees (social impact of camps, social impact of resettlement of former refugees), oil exploitation areas (impact of CSR policies, preservation of cultural capital in oil exploitation areas) and qualitative survey methods in sensitive terrains in Africa, particularly in Angola and Uganda. Virginie also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Economic Demography of Developing Countries from Sciences Po Paris, and is an associate member of the laboratory Les Afriques dans le Monde-Sciences Po Bordeaux and the Centro de Estudos Internacionais of ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa. Moreover, she is a member of the editorial board of the Revue Internationale des Etudes du Développement.



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Charles holds two Master’s degrees, one in Sociology and one in Management Science. From 2006 to 2014, he worked as a research assistant for the ‘Laboratoire Citoyennetés’ in Burkina Faso and has several years of experience on the issue of decentralized governance of public services (land and natural resources, education, health, water and sanitation, etc.). Charles has been working as a project assistant for Insuco since 2015. He has extensive field experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative surveys, notably in the social context of Resettlement Action Plan (RAP). 


Scientific Director

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Peter has a PhD from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS, Marseille), in social anthropology and Africanist ethnology. He is a specialist of West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal) where he has been living for the past 10 years. He worked from 2002 to 2005 as project manager for the scientific board of the Gret and then from 2005 to 2008 he worked as a research assistant for Jean-Pierre Jacob (IHEID), in Ouagadougou. From 2009 to 2015, he was the scientific director of the Laboratoire Citoyennetés. Since 2016, he is Insuco’s General Manager in Burkina Faso.

Peter develops an ethnography of governance related to land and resources access in West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Niger) focusing particularly on:

  • Land tenure policy design and decision-making mechanisms;
  • Intrafamilial dynamics regarding access to land and resources;
  • Issues associated with the implementation of resettlement for public and private projects in terms of land planning and use of natural resources (irrigated perimeters, dams, reserve forests, mining).

Peter belongs to the Technical Committee “Land tenure and development” (AFD, MAEDI) and publishes regularly in academic journals and joint publications.



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Saïdou is the administrative and financial manager of Insuco in Burkina Faso. He holds two master’s degrees: one in finance, accounting and audit and another in economics, company management and organization from the University of Ouagadougou. He has worked for mining companies as well as audit firms where he was an auditor. He was team leader for statutory audits for mining and mobile phone companies as well as for development projects in Burkina Faso.


Secretary General

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Hélène Chéron Kientega is the country director of Insuco in Burkina Faso. She holds a Master in socio-anthropology and a professional Master in local development. She previously held the position of Program Officer in the Program of Decentralization and Citizen Participation (ADEPAC) of UNDP in Burkina Faso.
For 6 years, she was also the country director of the NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde. Through this mutual field and office work experience, she developed skills in project management, human resources management, planning, financial projection and budget management in energy, microfinance and entrepreneurship sectors. She also has in-depth knowledge of Burkina Faso and the sub-region, where she has developed through the years an important professional network.



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Romain is the Geomatics Specialist and Graphic Designer of Insuco in Burkina Faso. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geography in Globalisation and Development. He has specialised in mapping software, spatial analysis and in Geographic Information System (GIS). Over the past six years, he has managed field studies and brought a cartographic support to several development projects in Africa. He today brings support to Insuco studies on a variety of subjects such as Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), SIG creation, socio-economic survey or the creation of communication materials.