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Oumou Diallo

Impact Economics

Oumou Diallo is a development economist specializing in microeconomic impact evaluations and financial inclusion. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Sherbrooke University in Quebec, Canada. Her academic research focuses on the challenges related to financing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) excluded from traditional microcredit and commercial bank markets.

Oumou’s expertise builds on the numerous international development issues she has worked on (forced displacement, cash transfers, education, agriculture, and gender) and her experience with the private sector and international organizations.

She also has extensive regional experience in various countries (Uganda, Guinea, Benin, Niger, Mali, Togo, Panama, Ivory Coast) which allows her to tailor interventions to diverse socio-cultural contexts.

Since joining KIT in 2021, Oumou’s work has focused on agricultural development, integrated seed systems development, education, gender, and financial inclusion. She uses her expertise in rigorous impact evaluation to design, implement, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of development interventions using econometrics techniques (propensity score matching, difference-in-difference estimation, regression discontinuity design, etc.).

Her commitment to evidence-based practices, through the dissemination of knowledge about development programs, ensures that her work contributes meaningfully to the field.

Among other projects, Oumou has mostly worked on evaluating conditional cash transfer programs for cocoa farming households. This project aims to uplift the lives of those engaged in cocoa production, an essential sector in multiple African countries (Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon). By evaluating the impact of cash transfers, Oumou seeks to identify sustainable solutions to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.


  • Towards more effective ways to address child labour in the cocoa sector

    • Institute
    • Project

    Child labour remains a persistent human rights violation in the cocoa sector, impacting children’s physical and mental health while depriving them of educational opportunities. The cocoa sector is increasingly responding to this issue by implementing innovative programmes, targeting the root causes of child labour, such as poverty and a lack of access to quality education. […]

  • Nestlé Income Accelerator Programme (IAP)

    • Institute
    • Project

    This innovative intervention aims to tackle child labour, decrease poverty, promote diversification and push for more gender equality. The Income Accelerator Programme (IAP) is a four-year program initiated by Nestlé and six of their traders aimed at increasing the income levels of 10,000 cocoa farming households in Côte d’Ivoire while reducing the prevalence and risk of […]

  • Private Seed Sector Development Burundi

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Private Seed Sector Development (PSSD) project aims to double the production and incomes of 108,000 farmer households in Burundi. KIT is working with private and public sector partners to promote the development of a private sector-led seed industry that is able to provide farmers with sustainable access to high-quality seed and agricultural advisory services. […]


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