Associate in Research

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M’Balou Camara is an Associate in Research for the Cook Center’s project which analyzes the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on black-owned businesses in Durham, NC. In 2020, she received an MA in public policy with an economics concentration from Duke. M’Balou has a deep passion for stimulating innovative approaches to African development through policy discourse and policy-making. Her thesis, titled “Advancing African Development Through the Arts: Artists’ Perspectives”, is based on an ongoing study which explores the challenges and opportunities of artistic activity through the lens of African and Afro-descendant artists. With over seven years of experience in quantitative research, M’Balou has looked to the economics of entrepreneurship as the basis for investigating and documenting patterns of uneven access, resources, and opportunities in the U.S. and in Africa. Whether it be through her work as an intern in the agriculture department at the African Development Bank, a Business Coach for an entrepreneurial incubator called “Osez Innover” in Guinea, or a lead author for the Cook Center’s policy report titled, “Entering Entrepreneurship: Racial Disparities in the Pathway into Business Ownership”, M’Balou’s approach to academia bridges the gaps between knowledge and action, and scholarship and service.