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Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Strengthening resource allocation in developing countries

Ensuring access to justice for all and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels is critical in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. That's why it is the sixteenth UN Sustainable Development Goal. Born in poverty on a small farm in Benin, assistant professor Philippe Lassou made a promise to himself to make a better life and find a way to help others. He left home at a young age to pursue an education and has made it his life’s work to seek ways of improving resource allocation in developing countries.

“When you want change, you have to be part of the change. And, sometimes, you have to be the one to initiate that change.” 

Research with impact

People tend to look at development issues in developing countries as resource-based. However, Philippe's research suggests that it's not about how much resources are available, but that it is how those resources are allocated and used. His research focuses on accountability and resource management in developing countries in an effort to ensure that dollars reach those most in need. His research looks at resource allocation, distribution, and accounting processes at the government and institutional levels in an effort to leave a positive impact on practices and policies in developing countries.



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