Papa Faye, a social science researcher in forest and land governance, argues that in some West African countries, existing legal frameworks do little to guarantee human rights enforcement, especially where natural resources are involved. Based on his research into participatory forest management projects in Eastern Senegal and land titling regimes in areas of Northern Senegal affected by large-scale agribusiness projects, Faye believes that regulations issued by local officials can effectively neutralize international legal conventions protecting human rights (such as the rights to participation, self-determination, accurate information, and food). His fellowship project looks at creative ways for rights advocates to close the regulatory purgatory and to secure enforcement of international norms.
Faye earned a doctorate in sociology from Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal) and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bern (Switzerland) with Co-chair at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA). He has conducted research with the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA) since 2004 and with The Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), a Think Tank focused on rural development research and advocacy since 2009.