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Kamissa Camara

Kamissa Camara

Kamissa Camara is the Senior Program Officer for West & Central Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) where she oversees a multi-million grant portfolio to civil society organizations in the West and Central Africa sub-regions, designs country strategies and identifies policy gaps in transitional justice, human rights, peacebuilding, democracy promotion, corruption and civil-military relations that can potentially be addressed by local partners through NED funding. Kamissa is the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, an integrated Washington DC-based policy forum which provides a platform to donors, program implementers, academics, civil society, and the private sector to promote democratic values, stronger accountability mechanisms, peace, security and development throughout the Sahel. Kamissa blogs at You can follow her on Twitter @KamissaCamara and she can be reached by email at

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