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Power of partnership conference: Poster: Resilience in West African frontier communities: southern Senegal, western Mali and eastern Guinea

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Resilience in West African frontier communities: southern Senegal, western Mali and eastern Guinea

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Power of partnership conference: Poster: Resilience in West African frontier communities: southern Senegal, western Mali and eastern Guinea

  1. 1. Resilience in West African Frontier Communities Southern Senegal, Western Mali and Eastern Guinea 16 months Challenges: • Damaro (Guinea), Agnack (Senegal), Bouillagui (Mali) and Mon- zona (Mali) have developed their own longstanding adaptive and resilience strategies over the last 100 years. • How can we make those solutions known beyond the local scale? • How can we make these communities acknowledged as knowledge producers and development makers in their own rights? Methodology: • Training workshops for villagers • data collect through mobile phones • dissemination through mobile app and website What have you found? New technologies are central to empower marginalized commu- nities and help them to take their development challenges in their own hands by making them confident enough to fur- ther preserve their local knowledge and make it known beyond their communities. Who are the intended audiences for this research? • Other villages in similar situation • local government • NGOs • schoolchildren Has the research already contributed to change? • Villagers now confident in using new tech- nologies to preserve and disseminate local knowledge. • Local historical knowledge now being used in the classroom with schoolchildren • Media training and participation in radio and TV programmes have reinforced villagers’ self-confidence. • Overall, communities increasingly more self-confident in their ability to tackle devel- opment challenges.

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