Aida Tamboura (Africa, French speaking)
Aida Tamboura from Burkina Faso is the Regional Knowledge Exchange Coordinator for Francophone Africa. Aida is a native French speaker and has connected at the mine face with local, regional and national ASM mining associations, unions, and cooperatives with good representation of gender and youth for over 20 years. As the West African Women in Mining Coordinator since 2015, she has developed the one and only umbrella association for women working in the artisanal mining sector in Burkina Faso, which was quickly recognised for its commitment to organising women miners and to federate them. With focal points in rural communities, and in unions, she advocates for and partners with the mines to better supervise women operators in the artisanal mining sector.