Cooperations within the Project
Presentation of Partner Organizations
The German NGO “Borderline-Europe” (set up in 2007) aims at raising awareness on European migration policies and to inform the German and European communities on their fatal consequences. This happens through the spreading of a documentation collected by its volunteers through a constant and daily observation of the situation at the EU’s external borders, exposed in publications and events curated by the NGO in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
The Senegalese partner NGO “ADISS” (established in 2009) aims to promote socio-economic inclusion at the local level and implement ecologically sustainable projects. One of the most important objectives of the NGO is to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged groups by giving them access to the labour market and to education.
“Damanhur” was grounded in 1975 by Oberto Airaudi. It consists in a self-sustaining federation of communities based on values such as solidarity, friendship and respect for the environment. For this reason, in 2005 Damanhur was recognized as a model for a sustainable eco-society by the United Nations Human Resettlement Summit.
The eco-commune of Guedé Chantier plays a key role within the network of eco-villages “REDES” and it will be our direct partner in the project. The eco-commune is located in the north of Senegal and it is part of the worldwide network for eco-villages “GEN” (Global Eco-Village Network). Under its community leader Ousmane Ali Pame (president of GEN-Africa), various projects are being carried on in the village. These share all a participatory approach and are all aimed at strengthening the local level (in particular projects on organic farming and food processing).
Role of Organizations in the Project
The association “Diappal Gaayi – Building Community Roots.Sen” will take care of the management of the funding for the realization of the project and will supervise the construction works over the whole time, conveying technical knowledge in partnership with local and foreign interdisciplinary teams.
The NGO “Borderline-Europe” is our German partner. It will support the activities of our association “Diappal Gaayi – Building Community Roots.Sen” (such as conferences, events, art projects or workshops) taking occasionally part to them and spreading the results of the activities of our association in Senegal throughout Germany and Europe.
The “ADISS” NGO will furnish the building site with the technical equipment for the various activities in the centre, ensuring their continuity after completion of the construction works.
When constructions works will be completed, a collaboration between the communities of “Damanhur” and Guédé Chantier (“REDES”) is planned. Through their relationships, both communities will acquire the know-how for the establishing of organic agriculture, food processing practices, handicraft techniques while a constant exchange of knowledge between them will take place.
All NGOs, after completing the construction works (under the supervision and coordination of the project grounders, the NGO “Diappal Gaayi – Building Community Roots.Sen”), will carry on projects including training and awareness-raising courses, in order to promote knowledge exchanges and common growth.
Cooperations with Educational Institutions
Further collaborations will involve the University of “Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar”, École Supérieure Polytechnique (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Applied Energy) and the vocational schools “ESEBAT” and “Center Sectoriel de Formation Professional aux métiers du Batiment et Travaux Publics” (Dakar). All institutions will follow the construction process, entertaining a constant knowledge exchange with the association “Diappal Gaayi – Build Community Roots.Sen”. The aim of their presence in the project is the creation of a dialogue and a mutual exchange between the micro- (lab tests and research), the macro- (behavioral monitoring of ecological innovative building materials) and the practical level (technical implementation for the realization of the building complex).