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Who we are?


Multiple Solutions existe to solve development issues

Development Solutions Institute

DS Institute is an independent think tank and applied research institute for sustainable development and economic growth.

With 10 years of spreading «a new vision for development», CESS Institute has been transformed into DS Institute. The new mission of DS Institute is to support countries in «achieving an inclusive and sustainable development for all».

Our approach is centered on three main pillars:


Through these pillars, DS Institute offers to its clients operational tools to achieve an inclusive and sustainable economic development.

DS Institute ensures the sustainability of development projects and programs by incorporating the theory of change (managing for development results) and information systems technologies as supporting tools.

DS Institute is innovating by combining three key fields required for a successful inclusive and sustainable development:


DS Institute’s approach is based on best international practices and standards for Managing for Development Results (MfDR) and development project management.

DS Institute, thanks to its flexible organizational structure, is able to focus fully on any country’s specific needs and to provide it with all the support required to achieve its development objectives.

DS Institute guarantees that its experts have both comprehensive academic backgrounds and longstanding field experience. Thus, the Institute can ensure a continuous transfer of knowledge to a country’s public and private administrations both at the operational and theoretical levels.

Our Expertise

DS Institute has three main areas of expertise :

  • Applied research on development and poverty reduction issues
  • research on key development problems
  • technical assistance to countries and to the private sector to design and implement development projects and programs

DS Institute implements its expertise by integrating the following three complementary fields: 

Economic development projects/programs:  We offer technical assistance for the design, implementation and also the monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction programs/projects. Managing for development results (theory of change):  We ensure that all of our assistance helps our clients to achieve sustainable changes in behaviour of the population. Information technology:  We offer technical assistance to support our clients in the design and implementation of secure computerized management systems. 

Our Staff

Our experts and researchers have at least 10 years of professional experience, working with governments, civil societies, non-governmental organizations (NGO), bilateral (AFD, CIDA, SIDA, KfW,…) and multilateral agencies (World Bank, African Development Bank, UNDP, ACBF, WAEMU,…), and private firms, as well as in academia.

The theoretical and practical knowledge of our experts allows them to address poverty reduction and development issues via a multidimensional approach.

Dr. Gaston GOHOU, PhD, ISE, ASMC


Dr. Gaston GOHOU holds a PhD in Economics and a Master’s in International Economics and Econometrics from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA. He also holds a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from the University of Abidjan and a Master’s in Statistics and Applied Economics (ISE) from ENSEA of Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire.


Senior Executive VP Operations

Mrs Aimée USANASE Holds a master’s degree of Business Law (LLM), from the University of Rwanda, a master’s degree of Project Management from the University of Quebec, a Diploma in Governance and Leadership, and a Diploma in Internet Governance and E-procurement. Mrs USANASE is a senior Legal, Gender and Project management expert with more than 15 years of professional experience.

Dr Hyacinthe Kouassi

Member of the advisory board |
Senior VP for economic affairs

Oueslati HAMZA

Managing Director |
DS Institute Tunisia

Mr Hamza OUESLATI Holds a bachelor’s degree of Mathematics and a master’s degree of Software Engineering and web development from the University of Tunis El Manar, (Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences). 

Mr OUESLATI is a software engineer and web developer with more than 10 years professional experience.

Danielle Ghislaine GOHOU

Managing Director |
DS Institute Côte d’Ivoire

Ms. Danielle Ghislaine GOHOU, holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Marketing from Cote d’Ivoire. She has more than 7 years professional experience in marketing and SME management. She is an experienced business manager with a solid track record of successfully using the best business practices that improve efficiency. She is highly effective at incorporating creative leadership to achieve the institute’s regional objectives. Mrs. Danielle has an excellent communication and organizational skills.

Kyaw Thein MIN,MBA

Managing Director |
DS Institute Myanmar

Mr. Kyaw Thein MIN holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration from South Korean University.He is a Financial Expert with more than 20 years of Professional Experience 


Senior Executive VP Research – Training | |
DS Institute Benin

Dr. Adama KONSEIGA holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn in Germany, and a Master’s degree in Project Analysis and in Development Economics from the University of Auvergne (CERDI, Center for Studies and Research on International Development in France), Dr. KONSEIGA has more than 27 years of professional experience in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and project management.


Executive VP Administration – Marketing

Mrs. Putri KUSUMASTUTI holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree of Human Resource Management from the Universitas Moestopo Indonesia. She has more than 10 years of experience in International development and conducting social survey and research

Prof. Charles OGUIE,PHD

Senior Economist Expert

 Prof. Charles N’CHO-OGUIE  is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of San Francisco (USF). He holds a PhD in applied Economics, a master’s degree of Economics and a Master’s degree in Economics and Statistics from Stanford University, California, USA. Prof OGUIE has more than 35 years of experience in macroeconomic framework design, Macro econometric forecasting model. Prof N’CHO-OGUIE has worked for the World Bank and various African countries governments during the last 35 years. He is a first class macroeconomist with experience in more than 45 African countries. He is a special partner of DS Institute.


Social Development Expert

Dr Salmon MARCHAT holds a PhD in Sociology with major in Sociology and Economic development. She also holds a DESS in Financial and Economic Analysis from CERDI, Auvergne University, France, and a master’s degree in Social Sciences with Major in Sociology and anthropology (with High Honors) from Paris X University, France. Dr MARCHAT holds also a Bachelor’ degree in Administration, Economics and Social Sciences, A.E.S. (with Honors), from Evry University, France. She has more than 27 years of professional experience.


Senior Agro Economist Expert

Mr. Laval TREMBLAY holds a Master’s in Agricultural Economics.Mr TREMBLAY is a Senior Agro Economist Expert with more than 35 years of experience in agribusiness project management, agricultural economics analysis and value chain development. He has worked for governments and international organisations in more than 30 countries in Africa. He is a special partner of DS Institute.. 

William PARDY

Social Development Expert

Mr. Laval TREMBLAY holds a Master’s in Agricultural Economics.Mr TREMBLAY is a Senior Agro Economist Expert with more than 35 years of experience in agribusiness project management, agricultural economics analysis and value chain development. He has worked for governments and international organisations in more than 30 countries in Africa. He is a special partner of DS Institute.. 

Mr. William PARDY holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development and he is a Certified Economic Developer (EcD). He holds also a diploma in community development. Mr PARDY has more than 35 years of experience in community economic development and governance.

Félix Badou FORI

Director online services

Mr Félix Badou FORI, holds a bachelor degree in computer engineering from PIGIER and Certificates in software development and maintenance. Mr FORI has more than 10 years of professional experience in Web Development and software development. Felix Badou FORI is an experienced Web Developer. He is knowledgeable in user interface, testing, and debugging processes and equipped with a diverse skill-set in design, installation, testing and maintenance of web systems. He is very familiar with technologies such as HTML, PHP, CSS, Javascript, etc. 

Ragnimy G. Wilfried SONDO

Director IT system development

SONDO Ragnimy Germain Wilfried holds a BAC+5 in Information Systems Engineering and has more than 4 years of experience in Web development, management of IT infrastructures for companies. SONDO Ragnimy Germain Wilfried has contributed to the development of intuitive, responsive sites, ERP and web applications with user-friendly features to facilitate the digitalization of processes within companies. Analyzing the existing, designing databases, developing and maintaining web applications are among the missions he had to carry.
He develops several web and mobile applications such as
an E-learning platform for a college, a web platform for collaboration and file hosting for a firm and the websites of client companies.
He is in charge of the design and development of a teleconsultation web platform accompanied by a mobile application.
Also, he was Technical Director of an IT service provider,
consultant at SOFT-AFRIQUE, where he will design and develop an ERP for players in the construction sector and a taxi reservation application.
He is the Director of IT System Development at DSI.
Mr. Sondo specializes in the design and development of solutions (Web and Mobile), database management and training.

Eric Isräel KOUDOU

Director Administration and Finance

Eric Israel KOUDOU is professionally of the junior type who suitably accomplishes the
accounting missions, audit missions and statutory audit missions of all economic entities.
Eric Israel KOUDOU graduated from the Higher School of Technology – LOKO Abidjan
; then has certain credits from the second cycle of accounting expertise obtained in continuing education at CPDEC – INPHB Abidjan (Centre for Preparation for the Diploma of Accounting Expertise – National Polytechnic Institute Houphouët Boigny)..