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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity
Mohamed Makmid Kamara AFSEE

Makmid Kamara

Director, Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF)

Makmid is a Sierra Leonean human rights leader, researcher, and development communications practitioner, with almost 20 years’ experience working with national and international development, human rights, and grantmaking organisations in Africa and the United Kingdom. He is the Director of the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), based in Accra, Ghana. His current focus is on transitional and reparatory justice issues and how various mechanisms meant to repair the wrongs of the past, could in fact contribute to socio-economic inequalities in African societies.

Prior to joining the ATJLF, Makmid worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London as (Ag.) Deputy Director of Global Issues and Head of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Team; served as interim Country Director for Amnesty International Nigeria and as a West Africa Researcher. As West Africa researcher, Makmid led Amnesty’s research on serious human rights violations and mass atrocities committed in the Boko Haram conflict in north-eastern Nigeria and co-authored several reports on crimes against humanity and war crimes. As interim Country Director for Amnesty in Nigeria, Makmid helped found the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Lagos and the Legal Intervention Network in Nigeria. He has also held posts with Oxfam GB in Sierra Leone and the UK, and with Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone.

Makmid has written several articles and reports on human rights and social justice issues for high-profile African and European publications and institutions. He is a Rotarian and an Obama Foundation Leader for Africa. He serves on the board for several UK-based and Sierra Leonean charities and NGOs. 

He holds an MSc with distinction in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA (Hons) with distinction from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

Communal compassion gives me hope. The rising level of people’s movements and the growing energy of previously maligned groups in society gives me hope. The realisation that the fight against inequality is shared, it’s structural and it requires collective energy and ideas to change it, gives me hope.

Makmid Kamara


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