Ousmane Kabèlè Camara
Ousmane Kabèlè Camara is a civil society specialist with over 17 years of experience leading and implementing good governance, electoral, and accountability programs in West Africa. He specializes in interfacing civil society with local, regional, and national governmental entities to address and resolve citizen concerns in the electoral, human rights, peace-building, and good governance sectors.
Camara has contributed to programs in Niger, the Central African Republic, Guinea, and Chad, in addition to regional initiatives in West Africa. Camara is the Chief of Party for the Resilient Governance in Niger project. In this role, Camara coordinates the efforts of Counterpart and its civil society partners in promoting governance and policy reforms that support equitable access to education, health, and security services while addressing the priority needs of local communities.
Before joining Counterpart, Camara earned a reputation as a poised and capable technical expert capable of achieving results in challenging local contexts. In support to election observation in Guinea, Camara managed a DRL-funded program that assisted 27 civil society organizations in establishing a nationwide mechanism for monitoring and observation and trained and deployed 1,140 domestic observers. He also worked to facilitate mechanisms for local and national public dialogue on institutional reform and human rights protections. In the health sector, Camara was responsible for another Guinea program that supported the creation of a national mechanism for civil society coordination on vaccine-related issue. Camara has also successfully implemented conflict management and mitigation initiations, notably the USAID-funded Complex Crisis Fund in the Central African Republic, which reduced tensions and increased trust among Muslim and Christian communities through joint economic initiatives, productive public dialogue, and community problem-solving.