CIRDAFRICA's role in rural development
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CTA. 1987. CIRDAFRICA's role in rural development. Spore 12. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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There is no doubt that the future of Africa lies in the development of its rural areas. Indeed, there is no need to stress that freedom without supportive economic strength, is like a house without walls. And it is high time that Africa seriously...
There is no doubt that the future of Africa lies in the development of its rural areas. Indeed, there is no need to stress that freedom without supportive economic strength, is like a house without walls. And it is high time that Africa seriously concentrated on building the walls to protect its freedom The establishment of CIRDAFRICA (Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Africa) was agreed upon at the 10th Regional Conference of the FAO for Africa and the agreement was adopted by 34 African countries who attended the 1976 Government Consultation Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania where the Centre's headquarters were opened in 1982. The need for an integrated approach to development was also explicitly stated in the OAU Lagos Plan of Action. Apart from CIRDAFRICA there are three similar centres designed to cover other Third World countries: CIRDAP in Bangladesh for Asia and the Pacific; and those being established in Jordan and Saint Dominica for the Near East and Latin America, respectively. The main purpose in establishing CIRDAFRICA was to bring African countries closer together for more effective discussion of common development problems. This will hopefully lead to joint action at both the regional and continental level designed to enhance opportunities for a real confrontation with the issues of development in rural areas. CIRDAFRICA is thus not meant to impose a development plan on any country nor to intervene in ongoing development programmes. Its role is that of a catalyst: to identfy the specific strategies needed to enhance and speed up the success of national programmes. In this regard, its charter provides for the establishment of a network of National Integrated Rural Development Centres (NlRDCs), through which it operates within each national boundary. Considering the pan-African nature of its activities and the diversity of the environment in which it is operating, the Centre effectively plays an advisory and supportive role on research, training and planning of programmes and emphasizes that national programmes should be drawn upon the lines suggested by the Lagos Plan nf Action To promote and facilitate the implementation of national IRD programmes CIRDAFRICA provides many opportunities for the exchange of information and experience between member states by bringing together planners and other people involved in rural development programmes. This is done by organizing conferences, workshops and seminars at both the regional and sub-regional level as well as through CIRDAFRICA publications As a mechanism by which African countries can exchange experiences among themselves or with developing countries in other regions, CIRDAFRICA provides a way for countries to learn from one another and a unique chance to respond to both opportunity and obligation CIRDAFRICA P. O. Box 611 5 Arusha Tanzania
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