Koffi Nomedji
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Koffi is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Duke University. He is interested in questions related to development, politics and environment. His dissertation explores the social and political aspects of local communities' adaptation to coastal erosion in southern Togo. At a local level, communities whose identities have been born out of their historical relation with their environment particularly the sea are now being destroyed by sea waves. It generates tensions that Koffi's dissertation aims to explore through an ethnographic fieldwork. At a larger scale, state and development institutions are intervening to help these communities. His research also explores these mechanisms of intervention and their failure to take into account the existing cultural relation between the coastal communities and their environment. Koffi is also doing a certificate in International Development at the Sanford school of Public Policy.

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