Yassine Fall

Economist, President of the African Women Millennium Initiative on Poverty and Human Rights (AWOMI)

Yassine Fall is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in development, public policy and political economy. She just finished fifteen years of service in the UN with her last position as UN Women Chief of Economic Empowerment Division in New York. Before joining the UN, she directed for thirteen years a successful international consulting enterprise that worked with development agencies on issues including macroeconomic policy, environmental issues; land tenure and agriculture; post conflict reconstruction and emergency operations. She also taught mathematics and applied economics.

During her civil society years she mobilized large numbers of African women in academia that joined African Governments to substantively contribute to the framing of the 1995 UN World Conference on Women. She was among the leading voices that pushed for the inclusion of economic agenda, in particular macroeconomics, and the Girl Child into the Beijing platform for Action. She advised Governments in Africa, Latin America and South Asia on gender and economics and facilitated and contributed to numerous gatherings of feminist economists from different parts of the world to provide policy responses to the food, energy, environmental and financial crises. She was among the feminists economists that put together the Casablanca Dream Initiative that produced the landmark publication “Vision of a better World: from Crisis to Equality”.

She is the President of the African Women Millennium Initiative on Poverty and Human Rights (AWOMI) that brings together every other year, hundreds of young women and young men from Africa and its Diaspora to strengthen their knowledge and leadership abilities to engage with important development issues. She is the author of several publications in French and English. She is presently working on issues related to “Celebrating Resilience towards the Annihilation of Local Forces of Resistance” and “Pushing the Frontiers of global economic liberalization through the destruction of African farming communities”.


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