Inades-Formation Burkina organized from 28th to 29th May 2020 in Dédougou a reflection workshop with the Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC). This workshop aimed at making them more operational. About twenty representatives from seven CILACs participated in this activity. It is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the project on repositioning food for sovereignty. This project, which is being implemented in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, benefits from financial support from Misereor.

Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC) are groups of 4 to 5 farmers who are experiencing the same realities and changes in agro-sylvo-pastoral production. These groups are constantly experimenting with solutions to the challenges they face.

Within the framework of the implementation of the project for the enhancement of sovereignty food by Inades-Formation Burkina during the period 2017-2019, seven (07) CILACs were set up in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, including 5 in the Mouhoun province and 2 in the Kossi province. The role of these CILACs is to document their observations, identify and document alternative solutions, experiment these alternative solutions and share the learning with community members and local partners.

Group work during the workshop

The work of the workshop to define benchmarks for evaluating the value added of the services provided by CILACs in their community led to the achievement of two main results.

The first is the definition of 05 benchmarks/criteria for evaluating the added value of the services provided by CILACs. These benchmarks are as follows:

  • increase in agricultural yields through the use of the services offered by the CILACs,
    the degree of mobilization of the population around the services provided by the CILACs,
    decreased spending on modern inputs,
    the appreciation by the population of the services rendered by the CILACs,
    the solicitation of authorities (municipal and technical) for the services rendered by CILACS

The second important result achieved is the identification of the main elements of the 2020-2022 action plan for each CILAC. These main elements relate in particular to the areas of activities, the actions/activities to be carried out, the actors to be involved in carrying out the activities and the implementation period.

The Dédougou workshop was also an opportunity to improve the participants’ knowledge of the concept of CILAC, the role and responsibilities of this structure, its mode of operation and the field of activities. This reflection and training workshop represents an important step for the CILACs in the process of operationalizing their actions.

However, the low level of education of their members is a handicap for their development. To this end, reflections are underway to enable them to meet the challenges they face in their work.

Participants in the reflection and training workshop for the members of the CILACs of the Boucle du Mouhoun

Samuel SOMDA / Inades-Formation Burkina Faso

Inades-Formation Burkina organized a workshop in Samba, on 09 and 10 July 2020, on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level. Samba is a rural commune located in the province of Passoré, a locality in the Northern region of Burkina. About fifty people took part in this workshop , including members of the Monitoring Committee at the base of Samba, representatives of Village Development Committees (VDCs), municipal councillors and representatives of technical services. Objective: To enable local development actors to effectively monitor the implementation of public policies and actions in their commune.

Thursday 08 July 2020, in the courtyard of Samba town hall, people gathered in small groups are quietly exchanging. They are there to take part in an “exchange workshop on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at local level”. This activity, initiated by Inades-Formation Burkina, is organized in collaboration with the Samaba Town Hall. Around 9:30 am, everyone is invited to join the village hall of the town hall, the workshop will begin.

It is the mayor of Samba who opens the meeting. In his words, he thanks Inades-Formation Burkina for the initiative and invites the participants to take an active part in the workshop. The first deputy mayor of Samba will say later that “this activity will remain engraved in gold letter in the archives of the Samba town hall”.

On the programme of the two-day workshop, are six papers on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level followed by exchanges and the elaboration of a mini action plan for the monitoring of public policies by the Samba grassroots monitoring committee. Representatives of different technical services are invited to exchange with the participants on the realities of sectoral policies and public actions at the commune level. The sectors that will be the subject of communication are: health, environment, education, agriculture, livestock. A communication is also reserved for the town hall.

The representative of the Samba Medical Centre communicates on the policy of free health care for children from 0 to 5 years old and pregnant women.

Each of the exhibitors built their presentation on a specific policy.

For example, in the area of health, the issue of free health care for children from 0 to 5 years old and pregnant women was discussed. Concerning the environmental sector, the communication focused on the principle of environmental protection through the technique of Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR). The presentation on education focused on endogenous school canteens. The presentation on agriculture dealt with the issue of subsidizing the purchase of agricultural inputs. The town hall communicated on the acts of civil state.

Dr. OUEDRAOGO Mahamadi, Quality of Care Manager at Samba Medical Centre, the communicator for the health sector, confides his feelings at the end of the workshop: “I very much appreciate the initiative of this workshop because it will allow the population to have some information on our work in health care. I am really satisfied with the exchange.

The participants in this workshop showed great interest in the different communications. This was reflected in the multitude of questions and comments following the various presentations.

Emile DJIGUEMDE, President of the Samba Village Development Committee, says at the end of the workshop: “We are very happy with this exchange which will really contribute to the development of our commune”.  Anne Wendsida DJIGUEMDE of Samba CSB adds: “These two days of meeting that we had will surely bear fruit for the good of our commune because it opened our eyes on certain things”.

The Samba workshop on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level ended with the elaboration of a mini action plan for the monitoring of public policies by the Samba Grassroots Monitoring Committee.  The organization of this workshop is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the Support Project for Food Sovereignty, Local Governance and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the Northern Region. This project is financed by the Belgian NGO Broederliejk Delen.

Service Communication / Inades-Formation Burkina

A new SOFDEV (Solidarity Fund for Development) has just been created in the federation of tea producers in Rwegura in the Kayanza province in northwestern Burundi.

The effective creation of this SOFDEV was made during the General Assembly meeting of the members of the Akezakarigura cooperative which was held in April 2020, on the basis of the results of a study on the creation of this SOFDEV which was conducted with the support of Inades-Formation Burundi. The process of creation of this new SOFDEV had started with the establishment of a steering team, composed of some leaders of the Akezakarigura cooperative. This team’s mission was to draw up the regulatory texts that will govern the activities of this SOFDEV .

During this Constituent General Assembly, the founding members were then called upon to amend the regulatory texts, namely the Statutes, the Internal Regulations and the savings and credit policy. It was also the occasion to elect the members of the management bodies of this Fonsdev, namely the Executive Committee Bureau, the Credit Committee, the Supervisory Committee and the Awareness Committee. While respecting the representativeness by locality, the choice of the leaders members of the management bodies had to take into account their charisma but also their intellectual capacity especially for the members of the supervisory committee who are called upon to manipulate a lot of figures.

A view of the participants at the GA of the Akezakarigura cooperative

 

A new SOFDEV  with a chance of success

The Akezakarigura cooperative of Rwegura gathers the tea producers, well structured, from the hill association to the federation which is at the level of the tea factory “the Rwegura Tea Complex”. This structuring facilitates the circulation of information and the follow-up of repayments in case of granting loans to members.

The cooperative has already started initiatives to grant credit among its members, which proves that the leaders are already accustomed to credit management. In effect, in this cooperative the members benefit from credits in the form of advances on the payment of their tea production, based on the quantity of tea leaves supplied to the factory. This practice limits the risks of non-repayment of credits, especially as the managers of the cooperative are involved in the payment work.

In addition, this new SOFDEV starts with a consistent capital compared to the other SOFDEV accompanied, which gives it an important power to give more credits to support the projects of its members.

In its accompaniment actions, Inades Formation Burundi focuses on capacity building support for the managers of this new SOFDEV on different themes according to the needs expressed so that they are up to their tasks.

SOFDEV to improve the living conditions of their members

Generally speaking, the members of these SOFDEV accompanied testify that the services they have received have enabled them to improve living conditions in their households. They consider the SOFDEV as a real alternative for financing their projects, especially for populations that were excluded by the traditional financial system.

At the end of 2019, the 5 SOFDEV accompanied by Inades-Formation Burundi totalled 7,992 members. They were able to grant 1,296 credits to members for this year 2019.

The new Rwegura SOFDEV becomes the sixth SOFDEV accompanied by Inades-Formation Burundi and the second initiated around the initiatives of tea producers after that of Buhoro created in 2015 in the province of Cibitoke.

Elected executive committee of the new Fonsdev

Communication Inades-Formation Burundi