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ICAI Board Report:

Our next ICA General Assembly will be on January 10 and 11th 2018, please schedule it in your agendas. During November and December, payment due invoices will be sent to you by our treasurer, Seva Ganhi. I encourage you to pay your dues. If you have any questions please email Seva at sgandhi@ica-usa.org.

I also encourage you to send information to Svilana, to her email address: svetasalamatova@gmail.com, giving her information of your local programs, so she has input to present at the 62nd session of the Commission of the Status of Women at the United Nations.

Congratulations to West Africa, Asia Pacific and the European ICAs network, for you successful regional meetings! ICAI board is happy to know that you are working to support and learn from each other. Follow us on Facebook at ICA International to see pictures of every gathering. https://www.facebook.com/ICAInternational

Lisseth Lorenzo
ICAI President
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Urban Thinkers Campus-Benin

From 9 to 11 October 2017, ICA Benin has organized a big event called  Urban Thinkers Campaign (UTC) with the support of the Ministry in charge of Environment and Urbanism Affairs in Benin. The title of this event is “Citizens” contribution on urban development for next twenty years”

The Urban Thinkers Campus model is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

The first Urban Thinkers in Campus was organized in October 2014 on the theme The City We Need, and brought together urban thinkers and established UN-Habitat partner organizations and constituencies to reflect on current urban challenges and trends and to propose a new paradigm. Building on the previous deliberations of the World Urban Campaign, this Campus was meant to gather new thinking and strengthen the first campaign position entitled The Future We Want - The City We Need that was prepared from September to December 2013 and launched in March 2014 in New York prior to the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (April 2014, Medellin). The First Urban Thinkers Campus was acknowledged by participants as a model to pursue for further debates in order to bring partners around the table to negotiate principles, policies, and action planning on key issues that need to be addressed at the Habitat III Conference and built up in the New Urban Agenda.

Participants of UTC Benin described it positively:

“Usually decisions and projects processes don’t involve community members.  Government officers or consultants do the work closely and when it is finished they call meetings to present it. Then participants express their opinions and consultants are free to include inputs they want in the final documents. So, those processes don’t involve community and their implementation is difficult on the ground”.

This year, fifty similar events were organized in the World.

Summary of all Sessions:
The Campus was held from 9 to 11 October 2017 at Mathieu Kerekou stadium in Cotonou, including a wide range of participants and different stakeholders. The work in the Campus was broken down into three panels:

Panel 1:
Governance and Planning.
The panel was aimed to find a mechanism for the population involvement in the urban planning.

Panel 2: Livelihoods.
The panel searched to organize initiatives to encourage young people and women to take an interest in handicrafts and relative job providers.

Panel 3:
Environment and Heath.
This panel focused in supporting project for women’s associations involved in activities related to the environment in urban areas.

The report of this event has been sent to World Urban Campaign secretariat (UN HABITAT) to be included in the global report for the next World Urban Forum 9 scheduled on February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

II- West African ICAs annual conference in Benin
This conference took place from 30 October to 3 November at CODIAM Hotel in Cotonou;
Participants came from:

  1. ICA Benin
  2. EPDI Nigeria
  3. ICA Togo
  4. Development Initiatives Ghana and
  5. ICA Côte d’Ivoire.

The day 1 was focused on each organization member presentation. Since our last meeting held in Togo in 2016, many progresses have been made within each organization. But all the members are facing financial challenges.
Days 2 and 3 were focused on GFM training facilitated by Hannah Anighoro  Executive Director of EPDI; During the first day, participants learnt about ORID and its applications ways.

On the second day, we learnt about the Facilitation method. Through several practices activities, participants became skilled in these methods and recommendations have been made to every organization to schedule several training sessions on them with their staff and members.

GFM courses facilitated by Hannah Anighoro of EPDI Nigeria

On the fourth day, we received a delegation of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) chapter of Benin. During our last conference of Togo, we decided to have a common project focused on agriculture for all the five countries. As IITA is a very important agricultural research institution, we decided to seek it partnership for this purpose. So ICA Benin has initiated contacts prior the conference..

West African ICAs member arriving in IITA- Benin’s agency in Abomey-Calavi
Two specialists from this institution came to the conference in order to present opportunities available for this partnership; Dr. Gnanvossou Désiré and Sounkoura Adetonah.

II TA- Benin’s Director, Mr Tamo is discussing with our delegation about the future partnership

The participants visiting the laboratory of IITA Benin

Several recommendations have been made for next steps:

  1. Further training will about proposal writing and ToP methods
  2. Committee to be more active
  3. All ICAs member must send their draft proposal to committee by November, 30 th , 2017
  4. Continue research of funding online and locally;
  5. Exchange information funders with other ICAs;
  6. Exchange program of interest with each others
  7. Increase our social network (whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, website, emails etc…);
  8. Increase visibility on the Global Buzz;
  9. Write procedure manuals;
  10. Train board and staff on NGO management;
  11. Organize refresh course in ToP both locally and regionally;

Implement our funds generating action plan

  1. Next conference will be organized by EPDI Nigeria in 2018:

Participants are visiting a well project implemented by ICA Benin for the community of Adjago in the district of Abomey Calavi

Hannah Anighoro of EPDI taking a picture with the well.

Kassimou Issotina           lambassaica@yahoo.fr


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Confection de briques pour la construction du restaurent

Dans le cadre de l’exécution du projet de réinsertion des jeunes à risque dans la région de l’Agnéby-Tiassa, les activités du mois de Novembre ce sont déroulées autour des points suivants :

1. Les activités des 3 sous projets

Les pondeuses reçu à la ferme de N’gorankro sont au nombre de 530 et nous avons eu mortalité de 19 poulettes. Le taux de mortalité 3,58% est dans les normes ce qui nous fait dire que les bénéficiaires appliquent au mieux nos conseils.

Elles ont commencé à pondre à 123 jours d’âge et les bénéficiaires ont à ce jour ramassé 30 œufs. Badoukro et Bonikro sont en activité pour  un autre cycle d’élevage de poulets de chairs avec chacun 300 et 500 poussins.

Les encadreurs chargés de l’élevage ont pris part à une conférence sur le thème de la Biosécurité organisée par des structures Belge et Française lors du Salon International de l’Agriculture et des ressources Animales SARA tenu  à Abidjan en Côte d’Ivoire.

En Agroforesterie la programmation des activités de délimitation des parcelles se sont déroulé dans les villages de N’gorankro, Ekissi-ho, Niamanzra 1 et 2, Mure, Dey-oboguié et Boka-Oho. La formation sur la fabrication des semences de compost ont été réalisé. Les parcelles de palmiers des villages de Niamanzra1 et 2, N’gorankro et BoKa-oho ont reçu leur premier apport de fertilisant biologique. Ce traitement va favoriser l’évolution des plants. Les bénéficiaires d’Aboudé-Boa Vincent ont mis place la parcelle de haricot au début de ce mois.

Les spéculations mise en place dans certains villages sont en production. Ainsi à

 Dey-oboguié les récoltes  ont données :
 19 kg d’aubergine et 1 seau et demie de gombos.
Les récoltes se poursuivent dans les autres localités où se réalise le projet.
Dans le cadre du démarrage des activités de la ferme moderne à N’gorankro, le technicien a programmé une visite le vendredi 8 Décembre pour rencontrer les bénéficiaires afin d’établir leur chronogramme d’activités pour la mise en valeur du site à travers l’installation des pépinières des spéculations choisies et de la fabrication des différents composts.
L’expérimentation de la culture du riz avec comme fertilisant le compost se développe très bien et il va entrer en épiaison dans le mois de décembre. Le comportement végétatif est fort appréciable car la coloration des feuilles est bien verte avec un bon tallage.

Champ de riz expérimental
2. Restaurant

Les travaux de construction du restaurant qui ont commencés dans la deuxième semaine de ce mois de novembre avancent bien malgré les fortes pluies qui sont survenues durant quelques jours. L’élévation des murs se déroule comme prévue dans le chronogramme. La construction des toilettes se fait également afin de finir toute la construction au même moment. Cette semaine nous allons faire le coulage des chainages haut qui vont permettre de finir convenablement le montage des agglos. Cette activité qui est nouvelle dans le projet, nous espérons faire l’ouverture du tout premier restaurant qu’ICA-CI construit grâce à ICA-Japon dans le mois de Janvier.

Construction du restaurant (élévation des murs)
Toilette pour le restaurant

3. Le CDC (comité de Développement communautaire)

Concernant la mise en place de la Coopérative qui regroupe tous les villages du projet, tous les CDC se sont retrouvés dans le village de Niamanzra où ils ont tenu une réunion. A l’issu de cette réunion, le nom de la future coopérative a été choisi par l’ensemble des différents délégués. A ce titre le nom que va porter désormais la coopérative est : SOCIETE COOPREATIVE DE L’AGNEBY-TIASSA (SCODAT).
Le village d’Aboude-kouassikro a été retenu pour abriter le siège social de la coopérative.

Au cours de cette réunion tous les délégués ont payés la cotisation de 10 000 francs CFA pour le fonctionnement et l’élaboration des documents afférents à la coopérative.

Stade d’avancement des travaux de construction du restaurent

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Brick making for restaurant construction

As part of the renewed implementation project of youth at-risk in the region of Agnéby-Tiassa, the activities of the month of November were held around the following points:

1. The activities of the 3 sub-projects
530 laying hens were received at the N'gorankro farm, 19 chicks had died. The mortality rate of 3.58% is standard and we suggest to the beneficiaries’ they should always take our advice. They started to lay at 123 days of age and the beneficiaries have so far collected 30 eggs. Badoukro and Bonikro are ready for another breeding cycle of broilers with 300 and 500 chicks each.
Livestock supervisors took part in a conference on Biosafety, organized by Belgian and French structures at the SARA International Exhibition of Agriculture and Animal Resources held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

About Agroforestry: additional plots were set up in the villages of N'gorankro, Ekissi-ho, Niamanzra 1 and 2, Mure, Dey-oboguié and Boka-Oho. Training for the production of compost seeds has been completed. The palm tree plots in the villages of Niamanzra 1 and 2, N'gorankro and BoKa-oho, have received their first organic fertilizer supply. This treatment will promote the growth of the plants. The beneficiaries of Aboudé-Boa Vincent set up a plot of beans at the beginning of this month.

As anticipated the plots in some of the villages are in production. So at Dey-oboguié, harvesting has begun: 19 kg of eggplant and 1 and a half buckets of okra.

Harvests continue in the other localities where projects were initiated. As part of the start of work at the modern farm in N'gorankro, the technician scheduled a visit on Friday, December 8th to meet the beneficiaries to establish their schedule of activities for the development of the site. This is to take place through the installation of nurseries and different forms of composts making. The experimentation with using rice with fertilizer as compost, is now well developed and the results of the experiment will be evident in the month of December.

Experimental rice field

2. Restaurant
The construction of the restaurant that began in the second week of November is progressing well despite the heavy rain we had for a few days. The erection of the walls is on schedule. The construction of the toilets is also expected to be completed on time. This week we will do the casting of the wall ties. We hope to open the first restaurant that ICA-CI has built, thanks to ICA-Japan, in January.

Restaurant construction (elevation of the walls)
Toilet for the restaurant

3. The CDC (Community Development Committee)
Regarding the establishment of the Cooperative, that will bring together all the villages that are part of the project, The CDC held a meeting in the village of Niamanzra. At the end of the meeting, the name of the future cooperative was chosen by a show of hands of all delegates. As such, the name that the cooperative will now bear is: COOPERATIVE SOCIETY OF AGNEBY-TIASSA (SCODAT).

The village of Aboude-kouassikro has been selected to house the cooperative's headquarters. During the meeting all the delegates paid a contribution of 10,000 CFA francs for the operation and the preparation of the documents relating to the cooperative.

Stage of progress in the construction of the restaurant

Kouame Konan         konaneug@gmail.com


Follow up activities of APRM:
ICA Nepal successfully hosted the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM), 2017 at end of October and early November. We have already shared the detail report to everyone. Thank you again everyone for active participation and making the event a successful one.

Following up the APRM recommendations, the Community Education Dialogue Team met and continued the dialogue. Everyone concerned on materializing the suggestions came during the APRM dialogue. Loren Weybright will be sharing more details on it.

International Seminar Agro Tourism in Nepal
ICA Nepal in collaboration with Prof. Manfredo Cerroni, (University of Perugia), and Mr. Burno Mei, conducted an international seminar on Agro-tourism in Nepal. This was the very first time such an event, organized on exploring the prospects of agriculture tourism in Nepal, had taken place. Participants from six different countries participated in the seminar. ICA Nepal is promoting agro-tourism for rural entrepreneurship development.

The seminar was facilitated by Ms. Ishu Subba, Executive Director for ICA Nepal. She welcomed everyone and invited delegates, Prof. Dr. Tatwa P. Timsina, Founding Chairperson for ICA Nepal, Ms. Shizuyo Sato, and Vice President for ICA International Asia Pacific Region, Prof. Manfredo Cerroni and Mr. Bruno Mei from Italy. The event started with National Anthem of Nepal and lighting the lamp “Panas” in Nepali.

Agro tourism refers to any action, enterprise or business. He added that ICA wants to bring agro-tourism to Nepal because we believe that this can be done by the NGOs and can help thousands of people. It’s a broad concept. Rather than bringing in from outside we want to produce those products in Nepal. This approach is expected to bring a revolution to the agriculture sector in Nepal, improving the livelihoods of rural communities, creating jobs, increasing the income of the farming community and providing a broader market base.

Menstrual Hygiene Awareness to Nepali Girls
Make this Christmas and New Year Celebration much more meaningful by contributing to a cause.

As you all are aware, ICA Nepal has been working on Menstruation Hygiene Management for Nepali girls. While we have already reached more than 700 girls and women, educating them in menstruation hygiene, and distributing more than a 1000 sanitary napkins to rural girls and women, we need your help, to continue our effort. After our intervention, schools have started arranging for a bin in the girls’ toilet and girls are talking about period issues without any fear of school and parents. But there is still the need to educate many more girls, women, schools, organizations and whole communities regarding effective management for menstruation hygiene.

Your support is key in solving this need. Would you consider donating USD 25 to help us achieve our mission? We thank you in advance for your support. Your donation is greatly appreciated.
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Please share among your networks, friends and colleagues.

Prepared by:
Ishu Subba           subbaishu@gmail.com


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