Ayemi A. Lawani is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kara in Togo. He previously held various positions in the non-profit and public sectors in the United States and Canada. He received a PhD in Sociology of development from the University of Montreal (Canada), a Master in Public Administration and public policy from the University of Delaware (USA), and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Lome (Togo). His research is in the field of development studies, with a focus on local non-state actors in both civil society and entrepreneurship. His previous publications have focused on the emergence of civil societies in Africa, and the career paths of civil society activists. His most recent publications focus on youth and women’s entrepreneurship, and public policy in the field of entrepreneurship. Alongside his research and teaching at the university, he is also involved in various public initiatives in the field of youth entrepreneurship and Togo’s ongoing decentralization process. He has worked with several municipalities in Togo to draw up their development plans, focusing on endogenous resources.