ENDA Graf Sahel
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CTA. 2000. ENDA Graf Sahel. Spore 86. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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There is nothing new in the message that local communities are well able to innovate, and that efforts should be focussed on identifying and mobilising such latent innovative talents, so that they can better manage their living conditions and local...
There is nothing new in the message that local communities are well able to innovate, and that efforts should be focussed on identifying and mobilising such latent innovative talents, so that they can better manage their living conditions and local resources. What is new, though, is the approach adopted by ENDA Graf Sahel (Graf meaning group for research, action and training). This body was set up in 1975 in Dakar (Senegal) with the following basic principles: to build all development action on the basis of local situations in the field; to make maximum use of local dynamics already in place; to open up local knowledge through encouraging flat forms of networking between technical staff, developmentworkers, farmers and support bodies.Nowadays ENDA Graf organises several support programmes each year in West Africa for farmers initiatives, improvement of local resources and running networks. The local development programme of Mont-Rolland in Senegal is a case in point, being focussed on natural resource management (agriculture and livestock production) and capacity building (training, literacy and inter-organisation exchanges). Another programme, focussing on food and institutional security of the poorest groups in the community, brings together the rural communities of the department of Louga. ENDA Graf s support is through training and planning in project areas of fisheries, market gardening, livestock production, agriculture, health, employment and tourism. Their support for a network for goods and services in Dakar city is typical of their approach to enhancing local community innovations. Known as Doole (meaning the strength of union, in Wolof), the network was launched by a group of women supported by ENDA Graf. It embraces 500 members of SECs (community exchange systems, such as LETS, local economic trading systems). The SECs do not use cash to pay for their exchanges, but instead use vouchers worth a number of hours of work or service. These vouchers can be used to purchase goods in markets or shops which are part of the network, or to pay for services (such as driving lessons, electricity supply or sewing) from another member, or to follow training opportunities (such as literacy, language, computer or management classes) provided at the network s University which is operated by its members. And members of Doole can undertake joint community projects and workshops, paid for with vouchers. ENDA Graf also publishes case studies of the rich use of human resources that is represented by the work they support. Their collection 'Recherché popularise', with works in French and Wolof, includes works by farmers, clergy and development workers on their research. ENDA Graf Sahel has a total of 11 offices, of which seven are in Dakar, one is in Benin, two are in Guinée, and one is in Belgium. ENDA Graf Sahel B P 13069 Dakar, Senegal Fax: + 221 827 20 25 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.enda.sn/