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. ¬†