Togo-Based Partners

Togo Administrative Staff

Jonas Nouhoum Akondo

Jonas Nouhoum Akondo

Program Director

Jonas is honored to be the Program Director for Pathways Togo. He first joined Pathways Togo in 2013 as Program Administrator. Since then, he has been able to maintain and improve the quality of the scholarship program with the support of the US-based Board of Directors and partners in Togo.

Most recently, Jonas was selected for the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In the past, he also completed a Peace Corps Internship for six months where, among other skills, he learned the importance of sending girls to school. His objectives are to help promote Pathways' vision of girls’ education and their empowerment. His commitment to women’s education in Togo began at the University of Lome where he earned a Bachelor’s of Art in English degree with a focus on Gender and Development. 

Yashmine Agbere

Yashmine Agbere

Finance Officer

After completing a degree in accounting, Yashmine simultaneously earned a BA in English and a Masters of Finance. Prior to joining the Pathways Togo team, she worked with NGOs like Global Concerned and SOS Village d'Enfants where she learned that no matter how small the contribution, it greatly benefits the individual. Her goal now is to help Pathways Togo maintain financial health, establish fiscal procedures, and assist in securing funding that ensures the future of our organization.

Ablavi Gokou

Ablavi Gokou

University Program Administrator

Born in Togo, Ablavi left her native country in 1996 with her family due to her father’s position as an International staff member for the UNDP/WFP. She pursued her education in six different countries (Benin, Guinea/Conakry, Kenya, France where she obtained a Master’s Degree in International and European Law, and Canada where she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Management). Through all her adventures, she always tries to combine her love for travels with her dedication to International Aid and Human Rights issues. She volunteered and worked within various NGOs protecting Children’s Rights throughout Africa (Egypt, Burkina Faso), Europe (Belgium, France) and Canada. Recently back to Togo, her main objective while joining Pathways Togo is to ensure that our local girls understand that there are many more options/alternatives opened to them other than just being someone’s wife or mother. In her spare time, she LOVES reading thrillers/ crime fiction novels and was probably a detective in some past life.

Amavi Kafui Azianti

Amavi Kafui Azianti

Middle School/High School Program Administrator

Amavi Kafui Azianti is a brave young woman committed to promoting girls’ education. Kafui holds a Master's degree in Project Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Local Development. She has previously worked as a volunteer with Plan International - Togo and as a project coordinator at a children’s development center in partnership with Compassion International Togo. Since 2013, she has worked with various community groups to promote their self-development and well-being, particularly on topics such as child protection, the promotion of gender equity, girls’ education, and entrepreneurship. She has also been a trainer at Peace Corps camp programs. As a result of her hard work, Kafui was selected for the Civic Leadership program at the YALI Regional Center of Leadership in Dakar, Senegal in July 2018.

Peace Corps Volunteers


Devynn Barnes

Conference Coordinator

Devynn is a second-year English and Gender Education volunteer in Blitta-Gare, Togo. In Blitta, she works primarily on women’s wellness and empowerment with women’s groups, men’s groups and other adult-oriented trainings, while also teaching fifth grade English at the local middle school. Before coming to Togo, Devynn worked in political communications in Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis, where she honed her passion for social justice and women’s rights advocacy. She graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with degrees in journalism and French. 

Ryan Blackwell

Grant Writing Specialist

Ryan is an English and Gender Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps currently serving in Agbatitoé, Togo. In his role with Pathways Togo, Ryan is leveraging his professional experience in research and technical writing to help the organization develop new grant opportunities. Ryan graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government. He worked at an immigration law firm and social services agency before moving abroad and developing a passion for teaching and gender work. 

Griffith Swidler

Media Specialist


Samantha Wechsler

Development Specialist, Third Year PCV

Samantha is a third year Peace Corps volunteer with Pathways Togo, focused on development, including grant-writing, monitoring and evaluation, and communications. Before working with Pathways Togo, she was an English and Gender Education Volunteer focused on promoting English skills and gender equity. Her background includes education, social justice, and community organizing. She is also an AmeriCorps alum and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.