Sustainable use of fuel wood is and essential issue that most people in developing countries are not aware. In Cross River State Nigeria, the Mafaminyen Conservation Society, a community based organization, took up the issue with the aid of the Wild Gift Foundation, on the construction of clay fuel efficient wood stoves with chimney. This has lead to a reduction in the burden of fetching wood in the community, increased interest in forest conservation and soil fertility in the community.
We are currently creating a database of initiatives in West Africa that are tackling youth employment. The database already has 100 projects from Anglophone West Africa and we are now hoping to continue expanding in these countries as well as extend it to include Francophone and Lusophone West Africa.
I work with development aid projects - facilitating strategic design, monitoring & evaluation. A methodology we frequently draw upon is mapping out the cause-effect relationships / theories of change of the projects/programmes (for more information of our work - http://mande4mfi.wordpress.com).
As an organisation working in the field of education I want to share some ideas on teaching and learning. Since several years I train teachers and trainers all over the world. For the moment I am on a consultancy in Mali where I conduct a pilot project on multigrade teaching.
Multigrade teaching is the way of teaching different grades in one classroom. Mali has a shortage of teahers and classrooms so multigrade is a temporary solution.
Together with my team I am developing teaching and learning materials for multigrade classes like:
World famous Senegalese musician, Youssour N'dour has founded an organization called Brima to help small business start ups and support emerging musicians and artists - particularly women and youth. ¬†
When Bob Dylan was singing about the times changing, I doubt he had in
mind a Maasai Moran or a Turkana pastoralist in full traditional
regalia negotiating the price of cattle on the international market
with a mobile phone in some distant arid landscape.
Social Networking for African Organizations
Welcome to our online community for African civil society, designed to empower African organizations and their allies to SHOWCASE, CONNECT and LEARN. This is all about creating horizontal linkages among organizations that might otherwise have been impossible, on the local, city, national and regional levels. It is about knowing how best to use the Internet and related communications tools in pursuit of an organizational mission.
With the generous support of the Hurford Foundation, Kabissa is carrying out a pilot project this year to explore ways to extend the benefits of our Time To Get Online training program with more Kabissa members through E-Learning. E-learning, courses conducted mainly over the Internet and/or on a computer, can give a tremendous boost to African organizations seeking to make more effective use of ICT. The two e-learning courses we developed and are piloting, in response to a poll of our members, are:
- Running an Online Course
- Emerging technologies
The first course was run via two Google Groups itself and has been completed successfully by two sets of participants, one in East Africa and the other in Nigeria. The second will be provided as a self-paced online course via our new online community site. A full report on the outcomes of the pilot project will be published in January. In the meantime, the executive summary of our proposal to the Hurford Foundation is published below.