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Another World is Possible Special Award 2005

Olivier Asselin

Lessons for our children


At the end of August 2005, I participated in a tour organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) around the Volta region of Ghana, along the border with Togo. With this tour, UNHCR was trying to focus media attention on the plight of Togolese refugees. In April, the Togolese went to the polls to elect their new president. Despite the presence of 150 members of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), sent to observe the election process, there were numerous irregularities: supporters of the ruling party stole ballots, destroyed computers, and prevented voters from entering polling stations co-Haitians in the Dominican Republic


Olivier Asselin grew up in Eastern Quebec, Canada, where he studied and worked in the IT field before dedicating himself to photography.

He graduated in 2004 from the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia, and spent the following year working in the newspaper industry in Western Canada and Morocco. Olivier has worked for media and development organizations in over 25 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

His first book, Nwentoma: Visual Notes from West Africa, was published in 2007.

In 2013, he directed the feature-length educational documentary The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic. He's the creator of, an online video platform aimed at promoting positive initiatives for a more sustainable future.

He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese. He is available for assignments worldwide.