Jean-Michel Dufils manages USAID/Senegal’s Governance for Local Development (GOLD) project. He has more than 30 years of experience in international development and has led complex projects in a variety of culturally, politically, and socially challenging settings. He has experience conducting high-level negotiation and policy dialogue with governments, international donors, civil society and private-sector organizations.
Mr. Dufils’ current project works to strengthen the ability of Senegal’s local governments to respond to citizen requests, improve collection and management of local resources, and foster community participation in the delivery of public services. Previously, he served as a technical advisor and program manager for the USAID-funded Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance (GAPP) program in Uganda.
Mr. Dufils came to RTI in 2015 from FHI 360, where he served as Chief of Party for another Senegal-based project. He has long-term experience working in Algeria, France, Gabon, Jordan, Madagascar, Senegal, and the United States, and has worked on short-term technical assignments in Burkina Faso, Brazil, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Niger, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. He speaks French, English, and Spanish.