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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Pathways out of poverty


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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Pathways out of poverty for reservoir-dependent communities in Burkina Faso

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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Pathways out of poverty

  1. 1. Presentation title Name Surname, Title Date Pathways out of Poverty for Reservoir-dependent Communities in Burkina Faso Marlène Elias, Aurokiatou Tiegue Traoré, Mansour Boundaogo, Sarah Jones Power of Partnership Conference, 3 December 2018, Delhi
  2. 2. Aim, context, and conceptual framework Aim: To develop approaches that foster the equitable and sustainable management of common property resources • In two small water reservoirs, Center- East Burkina Faso • Drawing on works on collective action and management of common property resources (e.g. Ostrom), bringing in ‘contact theory’ (Allport 1954, 1958)
  3. 3. Research question and methodology Under which conditions can ‘contact zones ’ foster collective, sustainable, and inclusive action? Problem identification Identification & prioritization of solutions Action plansImplementation Monitoring and adaptive learning • Contact zones with different gender, generational, ethnic and livelihood groups and institutional actors • Externally facilitated dialogues • Sub-groups discuss together in plenary
  4. 4. Impacts on social relations Changes in gender and generational relations in water governance • Recognition of women’s knowledge and interests (creation of group of resource persons) • Recognition of young people’s leadership ‘The ducklings are in the front and the duck follows’ (male elder, Lagdwenda) • Inclusion of fishermen Environmental Social/equity: • Intra-community • Inter-community • Between communities and institutional actors Economic
  5. 5. Impacts on awareness and practices Local appropriation of process of collective management • Awareness of local capacities and collective resources • Perceived importance of equitable solutions • Changing practices among fishermen, herders, horticulturalists; collection of funds from community for collective works
  6. 6. Key message Participatory action research in contact zones can support collective action towards equitable and sustainable management of common property resources under certain conditions: Allport 1954; Dovidio et al. 2003 Additional conditions, from ‘Pathways out of Poverty’ • Equal group status within the contact situation (neutral and equitable facilitation) • Intergroup cooperation • Shared goal • Support of authorities, law or customary norms • Personal acquaintance among members • Inter-group friendships • Interactive, locally owned approach • Time and recurrence of interactions • Clear understanding of problems, solutions • Clear and collective understanding of each actor’s roles and responsibilities • Inclusive representation of user groups • Local leadership
  7. 7. Thank you @BioversityInt Marlène Elias