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Global Buzz Report: September 2017

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ICAI Board Report:

At our last board meeting held on August 31, we approved financial support for two regional meetings. West Africa Regional Meeting, that will be held in Benin from October 23 to 27, 2017, and the second one,  Asian Pacific Regional Meeting that will be held in Nepal, from October 29 to November 3, 2017.

The objectives for the West Africa Regional Meeting are

  • Share individual and collectives experience during the 12 past months
  • Make a 3 years planning in liaison with our difficulties, success and current challenges
  • Draw a collective action plan for the next 12 months
  • Complete the first draft of our common proposal and discuss about how to move forward.
  • Refreshing on ToP training programme

Some highlitghts of the Asian Pacific program are:

  • Pre Meeting Training
  • ICA Asia Pacific Member Meet at Nepal Training Center
  • Project Site Visits
  • Post Meeting Events

Thanks to the payment of the fees of every ICAI member, the financial assistance can be provided!

Lisseth Lorenzo
president@ica-international.org
Skype: lissethl





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COTE D'IVOIRE:

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Ce mois d’août nous avons reçu la visite de Mr Wayne Co-directeur de ICA-Japon pour une période de 15 jours. Au cours de cette mission il a visité quelques villages qui bénéficient du projet de réinsertion que nous exécutons en collaboration avec ICA-Japon. Il à aussi mis à profit cette visite pour donner pendant trois jours une formation sur la structuration et le fonctionnement d’un comité de Développement Communautaire (CDC), outil indispensable pour la gestion commune des acquis des projets et la bonne exécution des activités de développement dans chaque village.

Cette formation a vue la participation de plusieurs chefs de village venu pour la première fois assister à une de nos formations. Ils sont tous repartis satisfait de cette formation qui leur a permis de comprendre les fondements de la mise en place de ce comité pour leur village et leurs populations. Après cette formation, les villages de MURE, N’GORANKRO, NIAMANZRA 1 et NIAMANZRA 2 sont au stade de la formalisation des documents au niveau de l’administration ; les autres villages ont été exhortés à mettre en place leur C.D.C et à formaliser les documents afférents. A ce sujet il faut noter un beau geste de la part de la chefferie de NIAMANZRA qui a octroyer une parcelle viabilisée avec à l’appui une attestation d’attribution terrain aux bénéficiaires du projet.

Nous avons aussi participé du 03 au 04 août 2017 à l’atelier sous régional de formulation du Programme National d’Investissement Agricole de Deuxième Génération (PNIA II) pour la période 2018-2025 organisé par le Ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural.


Cet atelier d’échange entre les structures étatiques, les organisations non gouvernementales et les structures de la société civile avait pour objectif de collecter des données pour la rédaction du Rapport d’étape sur les orientations du PNIA 2017-2025 que va soumettre le Ministère au Gouvernement.

ELEVAGE : au niveau de ce volet on note le démarrage du premier cycle d’élevage de poule pondeuse avec 500 sujets dans chacune des deux fermes à savoir NIAMANZRA 1 et N’GORANKRO PK 101 , au niveau des poulets chair , certaines fermes ont finis de vendre leur dernière vague telles que N’gorankro, Bonikro, Niamanzra 1 et Niamanzra 2 en voie de finition. Par ailleurs les sites de BONIKRO/ EKISSI-HO/DEY-OBOGUIE ont repris l’activité d’élevage.
Au niveau de la ferme reproductrice il y a eu un ajout d’un 4éme compartiment pour les coqs blancs.

•    Dans le volet renforcement des capacités des bénéficiaires, les techniciens en élevage ont organisés une formation en gestion rationnelle des aliments et de l’hygiène sanitaire des fermes à NIAMANZRA 1 et 2 la semaine dernière.

•    AGROFORESTERIE : en agroforesterie il y a eu ce mois-ci deux distributions de plants de palmiers à huile et des plants de NIANGON, ACAJOU, TECK et MORINGA sur tous les sites du projet, il y a eu également une distribution de boutures de manioc à DEY-OBOGUIE, BADOUKRO, EKISSI-HO, BOKA-HO et N’GORANKRO .Le suivi de l’entretien des parcelles de palmiers à huile a été effectué par le technicien.

•    MARAICHER : au niveau de ce volet il faut dire qu’une distribution des intrants a été effectué sur plusieurs sites aussi le technicien a appuyé les bénéficiaires de DEY-OBOGUIE, N’GORANKRO, EKISSI-HO et ABOUDE KOUASSIKRO dans la mise en des pépinières.

•    A la compostière il y a eu la confection de huit (8) planches expérimentales et l’épandage du compost à base de la fiente de poulet ainsi que du repiquage des plants de gombo et d’aubergine lv.





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In August we received a visit from Mr. Wayne Ellsworth, Co-Director of ICA-Japan, for a period of 15 days. During that time he visited some of the villages that benefit from the reinseration project we are carrying out in collaboration with ICA-Japan. He also used this visit to give three days of training on the structuring and functioning of a Community Development Committee (CDC), an indispensable tool for the joint management of project achievements and the proper implimentation of development activities in each village.

The training was attended by several village chiefs who came for the first time to attend one of our trainings. They all left satisfied with the training which enabled them to understand the foundations for the establishment of the committee for their village and their population. With the training, the villages of MURE, N'GORANKRO, NIAMANZRA 1 and NIAMANZRA 2, are about to formalize the CDC documents, at the level of administration; the other villages have been urged to set up their CDD, and to formalize the related documents. In this regard, it is worth noting a fine gesture from the NIAMANZRA chiefdom, who has granted a plot with an attestation of allocation on the land for the beneficiaries of the project.

We also participated, from the 03 to the 04 August 2017, in the sub-regional formulation workshop of the National Program for Secondary Genertion Agricultural Investment (PNIA II), for the period 2018-2025, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development



The purpose of this exchange workshop, between state structures, non-governmental organizations, and civil society structures, was to collect data for the preparation of the NIPP 2017-2025 Progress Report that the Ministry will submit to the Government.

CHICKEN RAISING: the first cycle of laying hens began with 500 chickens allocated to each of two farms, namely NIAMANZRA 1 and N'GORANKRO PK 101. And some farms sold chicken meat, when they had finnished their latest cycle, such as N'gorankro, Bonikro, Niamanzra 1 and Niamanzra 2. In addition, the BONIKRO / EKISSI-HO / DEY-OBOGUIE sites have taken over chicken raising activity.
At the Japanese chicken farm, there was an addition of a 4th room for the white cocks.

• About the capacity-building component of the beneficiaries. Chicken raising technicians organized training for the sound management of food and farm sanitation, at NIAMANZRA 1 and 2 last week.

• AGROFORESTRY: in agroforestry this month there were two distributions of palm trees and trees of NIANGON, ACAJOU, TECK and MORINGA on all the sites of the project, there was also a distribution of cuttings of cassava at DEY-OBOGUIE, BADOUKRO, EKISSI-HO, BOKA-HO and N'GORANKRO. This was followed up by the maintenance of the palm trees plots, and carried out by the technician.

• VEGETABLE RAISING: for this component, much was done for several sites, by the technician who supports the beneficiaries of, DEY-OBOGUIE, N'GORANKRO, EKISSI-HO and ABOUDE KOUASSIKRO in the implementation of their nurseries. A compost house was made of eight (8) experimental boards. The spreading of compost was based on chicken droppings, while transplanting okra and eggplant plants.


Kouame Konan
        konaneug@gmail.com


ICA ASSOCIATES INC. (Canada)

A 71 page submission was sent to IAF today to apply for IAF Comprehensive Endorsement of the ToP Facilitation Essentials program.

ToP Trainers authorized by statutory ICAs will be able to market and teach the three courses of the program using your national pricing structure. Even though it is not yet IAF endorsed, the program has been taught, there are 30 graduates, and those graduates could apply for IAF CPF certification with some confidence in all the IAF competencies. The program description can be found: here

The ToP Facilitation Essentials program also covers all but 4 of the 30 ToP subcompetencies, and all but 37 of the 168 ToP subsub competencies. You can see the comparison at: here

If you would like to suggest curriculum that could cover those additional 4 subcomps and 37 subsub comps, we could then submit to IAF another program that would prepare faciliitators for both CPF AND CTF. You can make your suggestions online: here

I am willing to travel to teach the program to any ICA that wants to see how they work

Bill Staples          bstaples@ica-associates.ca

Principal, ICA Associates Inc.
401 Richmond St. W., Suite 405,
Toronto ON M5V 3A8
Tel.(416)691-2316 fax: (416)691-2491
www.ica-associates.ca


JAPAN:

New Interns
We all are excited that ICA Japan’s environment is greatly enhanced now that two new people are here and very productive already! Amber on the left is from Leiden University in the Netherlands and Ricardo is from the University of Montreal. Already they are set to publish our fall newsletter, and researching Community Revitalization for several towns in Japan. This fall they take GFM, MTW, and FCC, help with social media, and work towards getting 200 members for ICA Japan. All of this while they are helping promote ICA Japan’s new emphasis on ToP® and other courses. They both are university students who conduct this internship as a vital part of their degree. We hope that they can learn from this opportunity and that we can learn from their fresh perspectives.

Trip to Côte d’Ivoire
This month the co-director of ICA Japan, Wayne Ellsworth, travelled to Côte d’Ivoire for 15 days. The trip was made in collaboration with ICA Côte d’Ivoire. During his time there, Mr Ellsworth visited the villages part of the reinsertion project. He also gave training sessions regarding the functioning of a CDC (Community Development Committee) for three days, that were attended by all the village chiefs. Besides Côte d’Ivoire, we are still working on our other projects in Nepal, Kenya and Japan.

Events

We are also preparing ourselves for the annual board meeting on the 9th of September, and the Global Festa that will be held at the end of September in Tokyo. Additionally, the two new interns are preparing for a field trip to Asago, in the Hyogo prefecture to aid in the community revitalization project, and then to three communities in nearby Chiba.


Submitted by the staff of ICA Japan.           staff@icajapan.org


NEPAL:

October-November is the best season to be in Nepal with summer gone by and winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views. You can register here
For more information see here

ICA Nepal is looking forward to your active participation in APRM, 2017.

Menstrual Hygiene Management program - Call for action
You all have been aware of the Menstrual Hygiene Management Program of ICA Nepal via Global Buzz earlier issues.

Through this awareness program we educate school girls on the basic facts linked to the menstrual cycle and how to manage their period with dignity and without discomfort or fear.

This program is much needed since Chaupadi is a common practice in Nepal. Chaupadi is a restrictive tradition of women staying in a shed outside and being cut off from daily life during their period. The practise originates from the superstition of ‘impurity’. It is believed that women mar goods they touch while menstruating. The tradition is practised amongst Hindu women, in the Mid and Far Western districts in particular. Not infrequently women die from performing this.

So far we have reached more than 500 Nepali girls through our MHM programs and are working with school committees on helping the girls manage their menstruation effectively.

To keep our program running we need funds. In order to make our fundraising more efficient and ensure donors can donate safely we are participating in the crowdfunding platform: GlobalGiving. To achieve permanent partnership on this platform we need to raise $5000 from at least 50 donors in a period of 3 weeks. Being part of a global community of ICAs we would like to call on our fellow members to support us in this challenge.

From 11 to 29 September our project page will be open for receiving donations. Please give either your one-time or monthly contribution via: http://bit.ly/2g1reIg


A Big thank you from both ICA Nepal and Nepali school girls!

Prepared by
Willemien Top and
Ishu Subba         ishu@ica-nepal.org


USA:

Exploring Underutilized Community Spaces Along Uptown’s Coast

On August 29th, 2017, ICA-USA and the Uptown Coastal Initiative hosted the third installment of the Out and About Uptown’s Coast series, Underutilized Community Spaces.

The night started with a conversation about community spaces that we use in our daily lives. By comparing more utilized spaces, such as parks and libraries, with lesser utilized spaces, public roadways and dark skies, the group noted that our assessment of space utility was dependent on whether or not people were using it. Spaces such as beehives and sand dunes provide utility to plants, insects, and animals, but the benefit of these spaces isn’t always recognized from a human-centric perspective.

Representatives from Uptown Coastal Initiative, Full Moon Fire Jam, and Chicago Astronomical Society/International Dark Skies Association shared historical and present day perspectives on activating common space in Uptown. Following the presentations, the group took a coastal walk that highlighted creatively used community spaces, the Leland Greenway, the Lincoln Park Honeybee Grove, and a community drum circle associated with the Full Moon Fire Jam. The night ended with stargazing; the group was able to view Saturn and the Moon through a telescope.

Attendees were excited to learn about new ways to engage with communities and spaces in Uptown. One person remarked on how through the experience of the event, the spots along the tour were transformed from places to meaningful community spaces. This comment indicated that the series is successfully changing people’s images about accessing the coastal zone.

The Out & About Uptown's Coast series aims to raise awareness of Uptown's lakefront and parks through nine experiential, educational sessions that offer attendees rich opportunity for meaningful engagement with the ecology and culture of this Great Lakes coastal community. See ICA-USA’s website for more information about the series.

Samantha Sainsbury         ssainsbury@ica-usa.org



Notices
The Asia Pacific Regional Meeting, (APRM), is going to be held on the 29th of October to the 3rd of November, 2017 in Nepal.

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