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Global Buzz Report: February 2017

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Impact assessment of ICA Benin
The final report of our impact assessment is now available. Several programs and projects have been evaluated through collaborative research work conducted by an independent consultant. We are thanking ICA UK for its support for this project.

Key findings:

1. TOP
Since 2005 ICA Benin has organized several ToP training sessions with the support of ICA Associates (Canada) , ICA UK and NIRADO as mentor. But the trained staff members leaved our organization for well paid jobs. So we still facing skilled facilitators availability challenges.

2. Water
Human Right to Water and Sanitation
*Since 2009, ICA Benin has been involved in the human right to water and sanitation, promoting initiatives in our country. Among activities in this field a decentralized cooperation on water and sanitation was implemented during 2014 with the partnership of Waterlex, UNDP and Geneva Town.

*With the support of Both ENDS (Netherlands) two capacity building projects were conducted during 2012 and 2013 for Safe Water Consumers Associations for the region of Donga and civil society organizations.

*From 2015 to 2016, ICA Benin has built three wells equipped with energy generators in the villages of Dodja, Adjago and Dédomey with the financial support of Well Water Global.

3. Women empowerment initiatives

Since 2009, ICA Benin has been involved in the Women Land Link(WLLA) campaign in Benin. Within this campaign ICA Benin promotes women to the access of land, access to justice, to economic opportunities and decision making. At least twelve cooperatives have been created and many activities conducted by them.

These very important recommendations have been made, and we are planning to organize a strategic planning workshop next month to see how to implement them

Massimou Issotina  


Reintegration is now a reality because of the support of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the funding obtained by ICA Japan, for 585 youth at risk in Agnéby-Tiassa region. The project for a second year, which will end on March 9, 2017, has been a success in view of the mobilization of our beneficiaries in the implementation of the programmed activities.

The major activities carried out in January have been as follows:
1- Training in community development in the 5 new villages,
2- Incubation of 300 meat chicken eggs from brown race,
3- TOP training in capacity building for ICA-CI staff,
4- Activities in demonstration farm.

From the 17 to 21st. of January 2017 the project has been held under the supervision of Mr. Wayne, Co-Director of ICA-Japan, for community development training in the villages of N'gorankro, Niamanzra 1 and 2, Mure and Dey-Boguié. Its objective was to evaluate the activities planned in April 2016, by these villages, and to reactivate their action plans by giving priority to an activity to be carried out in year3. Information was given on the importance of setting up a community development committee, (CDC) as a tool for regulating and managing the various sub-projects. This training was done in 2 steps:

Step 1 :
Review - Definition of Community development
- The 4 principles: (economic, social, cultural and education)
- programme chart
- Priority of action to be carried out for year 3
- Planning of action plan

Step 2 :

- Information on definition and importance of a
  Community Development Committee

From January 23th to 27th, 2017, Mr. Wayne Ellsworth provided the Technology Method Training (TOP) to ICA-CI staff to strengthen their capacities for implementation of the project and its good management.

The mobilization of participants during these training days was effective in all villages, as we observed the presence of all age classes in the rooms. Also we recorded more than 50 participants in each village rather than the 40 people expected.

In order to allow beneficiaries of our project to get chicks quickly, we incubated 300 eggs of brown meat chicken on January 18, 2017. That will allow us to give chicks to the farm in Boka -oho on 07 February 2017.

Visit of Mr. Wayne at Aboudé Dadié’s farm

The laying hens will enter their laying period in February, so at each farm we recorded the average of 15 platelets of eggs per day. The chickens of the second cycle are finished now in all farms. The volaillers are on stage for the inception of their third cycle.

2nd cycle of meat chicken sold on December
chicken laying


Daisy flowers

The beneficiaries of the village of Mure where the demonstration farm is installed are setting up nurseries of carrots, onions, peppers, and tomatoes crops, selected for experimentation in the February project.

This implementation follows the development of Daisy flowers that went very well and compost production, which is an important factor in the demonstration that we want to make in this school.

Community development training
Visit to reproducer chicken farm

Kouame Konan         konaneug@gmail.com


International Dialogue

In early January 2017, ICA India’s Adivasi Ashram in Chikhale Village hosted six students from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The details of the trip were coordinated by Emerging Ecology in conjunction with ICA India. The Guilford students joined in many of the activities of the Chikhale school’s sports day activities and attended the annual program on Thursday evening. Three of the Guilford College students were on the school’s lacrosse team – they showed the Chikhale students the basics of the game (see photo.). The interchange provided an opportunity for appreciating both the differences in perspectives and the similarities which hold cultures together in the 21st Century.

More pictures from the trip are available on-line at: EmergingEcology.org/Presentations/FacesOfChikhale2017.pdf.
People interested in following this interchange can like Emerging Ecology’s Facebook page.

F. Nelson Stover,
Emerging Ecology


January was one of the major months for ICA Nepal, as the project completion ceremony of Changunarayan was held this month.
The completion ceremony of the project: “Renovation of Community Learning Center for vulnerable people of disaster”, was celebrated on the 24th January, 2016 in Changunarayan, Bhaktapur. ICA Nepal and ICA Japan together organized the event in coordination with the Progressive Women’s Society. It was held in the Women and Children Learning Center, Changunarayan. Almost 200 community people attended the program. The Community Learning Center was opened after the renovation by the Hon. Former Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal, who was the chief guest for the ceremony. Along with Mr. Nepal, several delegates from government bodies as well as Representatives from the Embassy of Japan, Nepal, attended the function. All the guests looked around the learning center and were impressed, appreciating the renovation and the starting of the income generation activity, such as sanitary napkin production by a local women's group.

Similarly, another major highlight this month was the visit of the ICA Nepal team to Khanigaun VDC, Parbat. ICA Nepal has been involved since the beginning in Parbat, and for three years where it worked with ethnic minorities, and a so called low caste group, for economic empowerment. It has supported women empowerment in the village, by forming saving and credit cooperatives, providing leadership and literacy development training, compost making and vegetable farming training etc. Another major work of ICA Nepal in Parbat was setting up the drinking water system and tree plantation which has contributed greatly to environment preservation and agriculture to date. The ICA Nepal team evaluated the impacts of these programs, which after 15 years was found to be highly impressive. ICA Nepal is looking forward to resuming its work in the village in the coming days.

ICA Nepal is raising funds for the promotion of menstrual hygiene, through Village Earth, where it will distribute sanitary napkins, (made by local women of Changunarayan), and provide awareness materials for menstrual hygiene with every $100 raised.
Kindly consider donating through this link. 5000-nepali-girls

Prepared by
Pritha Khanal          pritha_khanal@yahoo.com


Esto Perptua Development Initiative (EPDI) Nigeria

In January 2017, EPDI participated in two activities:
1.The Executive Director, Hannah, participated in the first meeting on January 26-27, 2017 of the South West Zonal Committee of CRUDAN, an NGO membership organisation to which EPDI is a member. Hannah is the Vice Chairperson of the Committee. During the meeting, an introductory training was conducted for members of the Committee by the Chairman, Revd. S. Ajayi, on ‘Church and Community Mobilization Process (CCMP)’. The demand for the programme is on the increase and more facilitators are needed to meet the need. The other modules would be taken in due course, with the next training slated for March 2017.

2.The second activity was the meeting of stakeholders on ‘Project Experience Dissemination Session (PEDS)’ organized by the Educational Co-operation Society (ECS) on the project it has been implementing on Recuperating Civil Society Space in rural areas of Nigeria. The objective of the project is to strengthen civil society by promoting concerted community processes, which foster community development in equity, and gender equality.

The Project Experience Dissemination Session (PEDS) was organised to disseminate experience gained on this project and share best practice amongst social sector actors and partners in social service delivery.

The meeting which took place at the ECS Premises (Former Lagos Business School building), Lagos on January 31, 2017 attracted all partners involved in the project, including EPDI, other NGOs and the Media.

The need for cross-sector partnerships and continual experience sharing by social sector actors were necessary for enhancing partnerships, sharpening capacity and showcasing activities of partnerships that work with the public.

Hannah          epdi2008@yahoo.com


Beginning in March 2016, ICA-Togo reconstruct the Gallery Forest, on one of the banks of the river Lili, located 6km from Tsévié.

On a total area of 20 hectares, 29,000 plants composed of six botanical species: Gimelina arborea, Terminalia catapa, Khaya senegalensis, Cola nitida/grandifolia, Senna siamea, and Terminalia superba, were planted.

Below are pictures of the botanical species

Samuel K. Adonyon, the treasurer of ICA-Togo and the executive director of this project on the site   Some members of the West Africa ICAs, and the Gbatopé community members on the site.

In December we built a firewall

Pictures of the firewall

The visit of the Minister of the Environment of TOGO to the site.

In January we received a delegation of the government of TOGO. Led by the Minister of the Environment: Mr. André Johnson. The minister declared that ICA-Togo has produced a model of a Gallery Forest.

Pictures of the of the visit of the Minister of the Environment of TOGO

Samuel K.M. Adonyon           ica.ong.togo@gmail.com


For the past two years, ICA-USA has been managing a collaborative project about energy education with members of the Chicago Stainability Leaders Network (CSLN) in three communities, Bronzeville (with Centers for New Horizons and Sacred Keepers Stainability Lab), Chinatown (with Chinese American Service League), and Chicago Lawn/Gage Park (with Neighborhood Housing Services). The project was funded by the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), and the objective was to incorporate Smart Grid energy education into community organizations’ ongoing outreach efforts.

ICA-USA trained the partner organizations in image shift methods in order to create messages to support active engagement with electricity in the three different communities. Each partner organization created culturally-specific outreach materials using these messages, and the project evaluator designed and analyzed surveys to identify the most resonant messages and barriers related to energy use.

As the first funded collaborative CSLN project, the process of sharing and learning from one another was key to the project’s success. The most engaging events were cross community events intended to bring together partner organizations and their community members to learn new strategies to efficiently and creatively engage with energy. The events were also unique opportunities for cross-cultural, inter generational dialogue during which residents shared stories about their own relationships to energy.

The learnings and documentation from the two years are shared in a final toolkit intended for use by future practitioners. Each partner will continue to share information about the Smart Grid with their community members as it relates to their programming. The CSLN is looking forward to build on the energy from this project to seek out further opportunities to collaborate across Chicago communities.   

Samantha Sainsbury          ssainsbury@ica-usa.org


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