PAPA Fellow Kadio

Kadio, Kadidiatou

Kadidiatou Kadio, born on 15.10. 1976, has a PhD in applied human science from the University of Montreal. She also has a master’s in Population and Health and a master’s in Social Psychology from the University of Ouagadougou. She is a researcher at the Institute for Research in Health Science (IRSS), the National Centre for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST) in Burkina Faso. Her research interests focus on social protection issues, analysis of health policies and systems, inequalities and social exclusion, access to healthcare for populations, equity, empowerment, sharing and using knowledge. Her doctoral thesis focused on the analysis of the emergence, formulation, implementation of social protection policies in Burkina Faso, as well as the role of scientific knowledge in these processes. The thesis received an excellent mention, entered on the honorary list of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Montreal, and proposed to represent the university in national and international thesis competitions. She also has solid experience as a manager in international development and in community development (program implementation and development project), but also in coordination of a public health research program.


Research project

Social cohesion-social protection in Burkina Faso

The link between social protection and social cohesion is very little explained in the literature on social policies in Africa. The concept of cohesion appeared in Burkinabè government documents to justify the importance of formulating the national social protection policy (PNPS). The retrospective social study “Burkina 25” supports that social cohesion “is strongly threatened by the widening of the gap separating the different social categories from the Burkinabè population” and that “deep inequalities weaken social cohesion and national unity”. To continue “to exist,” Burkina Faso will have to strengthen social cohesion through greater social justice, a keen sense of the common good, a retraining to the virtues of probity and impartiality. The study’s conclusions announce that social protection measures must be developed to combat social discrimination, particularly those affecting the most vulnerable groups in order to contribute to cohesion. This shows that claims about the importance of social protection policies in establishing / strengthening social cohesion are advanced to encourage governments to invest in social protection. However, there is no coherent conceptual framework to analyze the relationship between social protection and social cohesion, hence the relevance of our project for a better understanding of the conceptual and theoretical links between social cohesion and social protection, in the current context of Burkina Faso characterized by multiple terrorist attacks, intercommunity conflicts, social and political crises.



IRSS, CNRS/ Ouagadougou

06 BP 9703 Ouagadougou,

Burkina Faso