Josephine Ouédraogo

Member, Africa Prize Jury

Josephine Ouédraogo has held the positions of Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Director of UNECA's Africa Center for Women (ACW) in 1997 and, as of 2007, has served as Executive Secretary of Environmental Development Action (ENDA-Tiers Monde).

From 1984-87, Ms. Ouédraogo was Burkina Faso's Minister of Family Development and National Solidarity, during which time she helped formulate the country's first Family Code. She then went on to do work at various non-governmental organizations. Until 1992, she worked at the Pan-African Development Institute as the Coordinator of the Sub-Saharan Project on Women and Health. The institute, created in 1964, operates through various regional organizations to build sustainable development in Africa.

In 1992, Ms. Ouédraogo and her husband, Pastor Philippe, founded the Association Evangélique d'Appui au Développement (AEAD), an evangelical relief and development organization in Burkina Faso. From 1995 until 1997, she worked for Burkina Faso's Foreign Ministry as the Director-General for International Cooperation.

Ms. Ouédraogo has been awarded the presidential award, Chevalier de l'Ordre National for service to her country. This is one of the highest honors that one can receive in Burkina Faso.