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Global Buzz Report: December 2014

ICAI Board Report:

The ICAI Board has been busily preparing for the upcoming 90-minute General Assembly meeting December 12 at 10am and then again at 5pm UK time.  The two meeting times are meant to accommodate everyone’s time zones, but all are welcome to attend both meetings. 

We look forward to the discussion and voting on agenda items like the Development Institute Ghana becoming an Associate Member, the nominees for four new ICAI Board members, the ICAI Global Conference working group and the ToP Global Policy working group.  For more information, please see the GA related email sent from ICAI Board President, Martin Gilbraith on November 23rd. 

Staci Kentish    (ICAI Board Secretary)       staci.kentish@gmail.com


BANGLADESH:

ICA members met over the past month in different groups and locations.

The Training and Facilitation Task force decided to have regular practice sessions from December 5th.

The Office Management Task force held a Board and a General Meeting in December to discuss the future direction and strategies of the Organization.

Three university graduates joined as volunteers in November.

The Chandpur Ghoramara Human Development Team met to discuss moving the store that was built close to the ICA School Building, to avoid future disturbance.

Manik and Aziz met with the City Mayor to explore possible near future partnerships.

Alam and Aziz also met several times to find local support for the school project.

The Phulki Street Project team solved the repair problem of the rickshaw that was donated to us by a US expatriate.

Staff            admin@ica-bangladesh.org


COTE D'IVOIRE:

English translation below.

Pour la mise œuvre du projet de réinsertion des jeunes de la région de l’Agneby-Tiassa, le Colonel N’cho Acho Albert, Maire de la commune d’Agboville a accordé une audience à Monsieur Kouamé Eugène Directeur Exécutif de l’Institut des Affaires Culturelles Côte d’Ivoire (ICA-CI). Cette audience a portée sur le soutien que la Mairie a décidé apporter au projet de réinsertion des jeunes à risques de la région d’Agboville, à savoir adresser une lettre aux différentes parties impliquées dans la mobilisation des fonds pour le démarrage dudit projet. Monsieur le Maire, nous a fait comprendre que notre projet est une action qui entre dans le plan triennal de développement de son conseil. Ainsi, il a séance tenante envoyé une mission composée de Messieurs le 1er Adjoint au Maire et du chargé de Mission pour aller rencontrer les chefs des villages sélectionnés pour le projet.  Suite à leur rapport de mission indiquant que ces chefs ont reçu les responsables de ICA Côte d’Ivoire et du Japon, qui les ont largement informés sur le projet qui va offrir à leurs jeunes des activités génératrices de revenues. Avec, la grande volonté de Monsieur le Maire de contribuer à la réduction de la pauvreté dans sa région. Il  a le 07 novembre 2014 écrit à Madame Shizuyo Sato Directrice Exécutive de ICA Japon pour lui signifier son soutien indéfectible au projet. A  Monsieur Ehara le Directeur Général de la Division chargée de la coopération avec les ONG au Ministère des Affaires Etrangère du Japon pour lui faire part de son soutien au dit projet et lui demander de bien vouloir accorder à ICA-Japon le financement sollicité.

Dans le cadre de la réalisation du projet de réinsertion des jeunes à risques dans six (6) villages de la région de l’Agneby-Tiassa ( Agboville),  le Direction Exécutif de l’Institut des Affaires Culturelles Côte d’Ivoire (ICA-CI) a été reçu par Monsieur Charles Assoumou 2è Vice Président du Conseil Régional de ladite localité le vendredi 07 novembre 2014. Cette rencontre a porté sur la présentation du projet et l’implication du conseil régional que souhaitent l’Institut des Affaires Culturelles de Côte d’Ivoire et l’Institut des Affaires Culturelles du Japon.

Nous avons informé le vice Président de ce que le projet va offrir aux bénéficiaires des kits d’installation comprenant, en culture de légume, les semences, le matériel agricole, en élevage de poulets de chair, les poussins, l’aliment et le matériel d’élevage et enfin en agroforesterie, les pépinières de palmier, d’oranger, de mandarinier etc. En plus de tout cela, ICA-CI et  ICA Japon vont apporter durant une année une assistance technique aux bénéficiaires du projet.

Sur cette présentation, le 2è Vice-président nous a rassuré de ce que nos actions s’inscrivent dans le plan de développement du conseil régional de l’Agneby-Tiassa et promis denous accompagnerdans la réalisation de cet important projet qui vient contribuer à la réduction de la pauvreté dans cette grande région.

 Ainsi, il nous a donné l’assurance de rendre compte à Monsieur M’bollo Martin, Président du Conseil Régional de l’Agneby-Tiassa, afin qu’il nous donne une lettre pour informer Madame Sato Shizuyo, Directrice Exécutive de ICA-Japon et Monsieur Ehara, le Directeur Général de la Division chargée de la coopération avec les ONG’s au Ministère des Affaires Etrangères du Japon du soutien de son conseil au projet.
 
L’Institut des Affaires Culturelles de Côte d’Ivoire  dans le souci d’œuvrer pour le bonheur du facteur et en particulier des personnes vivant avec le VIH de la région de Brobo, a ouvert cette année une école primaire baptisée l’école EPP Sainte Sato. En effet nous avons fait de cette rentrée 2014-2015 une année scolaire sociale en faveur des enfants de l’association des personnes vivant avec le VIH de Brobo que nous encadrons. Cette œuvre sociale qui est d’une grande portée d’humanisme est fort appréciée par la population.

Mais pour le fonctionnement de cette école nous avons besoin de soutien en matériel pédagogique qui évalué à 2000$. Cette somme va nous permettre d’offrir des fournitures scolaires aux élèves et un perdiem à l’enseignant volontaire et du matériel pédagogique pour l’administration de l’école. Nos remerciements à toutes les bonnes volontés qui voudrons bien apporter un soutien à ces enfants.

Désignation

Montant Unitaire / quantité

Montant total en Cfa

Montant en
Yen

Kit scolaire

12000 x 20 élèves

240 000 f Cfa

480$

Matériel pédagogie

240 000 x 1

70 000 f Cfa

480$

Perdiem de l’enseignant volontaire

50 000 x 9 mois

450 000 f Cfa

 900$

TOTAL

 

2000$



Kouamé Eugène
         konaneug@gmail.com



English translation

Colonel Albert N'cho Acho, Mayor of the municipality of Agboville met with Mr. Eugène Kouamé, Executive Director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs - Ivory Coast (ICA-CI), to begin the implementation of the work project, reintegration of youth, in the region of Agneby Tiassa. The meeting focused on the support that the City Council has decided to give the project for reintegrating young people at risk, in the Agboville region. They will approach the various parties involved for the mobilization of funds for the start of the project.

The Mayor made it clear that our project is an action that falls within the three-year development plan for the board. So he immediately sent a mission of his first deputy, and Mr. Yves Essoh, in charge of the Mission for the Town Hall, to meet with the heads of the villages selected for the project. On their return they reported that those leaders were now fully aware of their responsibility to ICA Côte d’Ivoire and Japan, and that all concerned have been well informed about the project that will offer their youth income generating activities.

On November 7th, having stated his willingness to contribute to poverty reduction in the region, the Mayor wrote to Mrs. Sato Shizuyo Executive Director of ICA Japan, to express his strong support for the 2014 project. He also wrote to Mr. Ehara, the Director General of the Division for Co-operation with NGOs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, to express his support for the said project and ask him to kindly grant ICA-Japan the funding requested.

As part of the project for rehabilitation of at-risk youth, in six (6) villages in the Agneby-Tiassa (Agboville) region, the Executive Director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs Côte d'Ivoire (ICA- CI) was received by Mr. Charles Assoumou, 2nd Vice President of the Regional Council for that region, on Friday, November 7, 2014. The meeting focused on the presentation of the project and the involvement of the regional council with that of the Institute of Cultural Affairs Coast d'Ivoire and the Institute for Cultural Affairs of Japan.

We informed the Vice President that the project will offer benefits including installation kits for the cultivation of vegetables, seeds, agricultural equipment, broiler breeding chicks, feed equipment, livestock and finally agroforestry nurseries, palm, orange, and mandarin etc. In addition to all this, ICA CI and ICA Japan will provide technical assistance to the project beneficiaries for a year.

In his turn, the 2nd Vice President reassured us that our actions are part of the development plan of the Regional Council of Agneby-Tiassa and promised to assist us in the realization of this important project that will help in the reduction of poverty in this vast region. He also gave us the assurance of Mr. M'bollo Martin, President of the Regional Council of Agneby-Tiassa, and will provide us with a conformation letter to inform Mrs. Sato Shizuyo, Executive Director of ICA-Japan and Mr. Ehara, Director General of the Division for Co-operation with NGO's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan of the support of their board for the project.

In addition to the above, the Institute of Cultural Affairs of Côte d'Ivoire, working with the people living with HIV in the region of Brobo, opened a primary school there this year called St. EPP school Sato. And for this school year, 2014-2015, we set up a social programme for the children of the people with HIV that we supervise. This humanitarian social work is much appreciated by everyone.

However to operate the school we need supporting educational materials valued at $2,000. This money will allow us to provide school supplies to the students, a per diem to the volunteer teacher and for the administration of the school. Our thanks to all people of goodwill who will help us provide support for these children.

Eugène Kouamé            konaneug@gmail.com


JAPAN:

Our staff is spending a large amount of time writing and submitting proposals for next year. The following is one such summary results:

The research in villages east of and
near Turkana Lake in a northern part of Kenya

Shizuyo Sato and Maki Tsukamoto of ICA Japan have researched for a new project in villages in Loyangarani prefecture in Kenya as the research project for NGO founded by Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Center, from 15th Nov to 28th. People in Loyangarani used to be in a serious condition because of long year’s drought. Therefore, ICA placed water pipe lines in this area until April 2013. The water pipe lines help people to access water easily. In addition, villages with the water pipe lines are planting trees. Around 30 years ago, the area around Turkana Lake was a jungle. However, it looks like desert with only a few trees now. Tree can provide several benefits. Therefore, ICA is planning to operate a new project toward Turkana Lake planting many trees, and we hope to once again become a jungle. Please support our new project in Kenya.

              Fashionable ladies around Turkana Lake

There are several tribes like Sambul tribe and Turkana tribe around the Turkana Lake. Ladies in tribes are very fashionable because of beaded big and beautiful necklaces. Style of the beaded necklace is different between different tribes. Turkana ladies wear many thin necklaces; however, Sambul ladies wear some wide necklaces. Therefore, we can understand who is Sambul ladies, who is Turkana ladies after checking necklaces. Colorful beaded necklaces show beautiful in dry land in Loyangarani. Please visit the amazing areas around Turkana Lake!

Shinji is continuing to facilitate in Bihar, India, helping with Leadership and Hydroponics trainings, and building two multi-purpose centers. Also Motoko helped facilitated the recovery of Fukashima residents in MinamiSoma village and elsewhere, as they planted around $4,500 of winter flowers and became a united village, still in small temporary housing. There are more complete write-ups in our English website in News and Blogs under home-english.

Please see our website at http://www.icajapan.org/ home-english/ for more.

Wayne Ellsworth for ICA Japan         wayne@icajapan.org 


UNITED STATES:

JUST SPACE IN THE CITY

On October 7th, members of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) and community members from across the city joined in engaging dialogue around the concept of spatial justice. The event, called 'Is it Just Space?', included an interactive panel discussion and small group conversations that discussed the relationship of space, public and private, to social justice issues. The event was collaboratively planned by ICA and Center for Humans and Nature (CHN).

The evening started with small-group discussions, each facilitated to discuss specific challenges regarding space. While the topics were varied, the report backs from each group indicated a common interest in intentionally including communities in urban planning committees and the decision making process. The initial small groups then fueled the direction of the panel discussion which featured Julian Agyeman (Tufts University), Michael Bryson (Roosevelt University), Melanie Eckner (Uptown), and Orrin Williams (South Side).

Book-ending the panel with audience participation created a space for group ownership of ideas and community expertise. In the final discussion, the group imagined furthering the conversation through a series of events and spaces that would be dedicated to greater community ownership of space and decision making.

If you missed the event, but want to stay informed or learn more about dialogues that will follow, sign up for the CSLN mailing list here. If you're interested in being a part of the next steps, email Jenny Hirsch at jhirsch@ica-usa.org

Richard Alton          richard.alton@gmail.com