January 2022

28
Jan

Collective village repertoires: the challenges of a collective digitisation in Damaro, Guinea

By Elara Bertho (LAM, Sciences Po Bordeaux), Co-investigator in SOAS research project: Watigueleya Kèlê, Equitable Climate Resilience in West Africa: A Comparative Research Action Programme (Mali, Guinea and Senegal) In a reflection on the notion of a collective village repertoire and its digitisation, I return to the research-action programme carried out with the Malian association Donkosira, which since 2017 has

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28
Jan

Introduction of Safiatou Diallo and the ICRD, January 2022

Safiatou Diallo is a teacher-researcher at the UGLC/S in Conakry. She holds a PHD in African history from the University of Paris Diderot, a master’s degree in history from Conakry, and a master’s degree in educational sciences from the University of Rouen.  Her current research focuses on the health system from various angles, including the link between health and climate

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28
Jan

First advocacy workshop in Kayes with Illia Djadi, December 2021

From 13 to 17 December 2021, a training workshop on advocacy was held in Kayes (Mali) with 8 delegates from 4 villages in the Kayes region: Bouillagui, Banzana, Bougarila and Monzona. The workshop was facilitated by Illia Djadi, an international advocacy expert based in London. The workshop aimed to strengthen the theoretical and practical advocacy skills of the participating villagers.

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28
Jan

Newsletter #4 – Introduction

Dear Readers, It’s never too late to wish a happy Watigueleyan new year 2022 with this fourth edition of the Watigueleye Kèlê project’s newsletter! On the research side, we’re happy to present a new partner in the project, the CIRD in Guinea and their consultant Safiatou Diallo. We’re also sharing a new article on the SOAS blog by Elara Bertho

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28
Jan

Cotton harvest in Boulacounda, Senegal, January 2022

In this small village on the national road, women organise themselves into groups to harvest the various cotton fields in the village of Boulacounda. They are paid in kind, i.e. they are given cotton as pay, or a sum of money that is paid into the fund of the group that did the work. The cultivation of cotton is an

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28
Jan

The impact of global warming in Bandafassi, Senegal, January 2022

This is a picture of the impact of global warming on the environment as this area in the picture was thick with trees five years ago. Trees such as Baobab, Kapok trees and Cailcedrat are the trees that have almost disappeared. Bush fires and timber cutting have devastated and impacted on rainfall. One of the consequences of this climate change

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27
Jan

Sougban: a medicinal plant with multiple virtues in Bossoko, Guinea, November 2021

I am talking about this plant which is called “Sougban” in our language because it is in danger of extinction due to climate change. Yet it is a very effective plant in the treatment of malaria. It treats stomach aches and certain skin infections, it facilitates childbirth for pregnant women and above all its leaves are delicious in sauce. That’s

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27
Jan

Fencing for cattle pens in Mandou, Guinea, November 2021

I am Amadou Camara, president of the Mandou district. I made this pen with fencing to keep my cattle, goats and sheep safe. This was only possible thanks to the financial support of my children. So I fenced off my grazing area.  The importance of this fence is to protect my cattle:  I have lost more than ten oxen in

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27
Jan

Wildlife depletion in the Simandou Mountain in Damaro, Guinea, November 2021

Hunter Saran Djiba Camara explains that the hunters know which animals should be killed and which should not. They preserve the security of the village. Before, they used to kill agoutis and many other animals. Now, Saran Djiba Camara deplores the scarcity of wildlife because of climate change and mining exploration in the Simandou mountain.  By Ansoumane Camara, Aguibou Sow,

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27
Jan

Renouveau TV covers the advocacy workshop organised by the Watigueleya Kélê team in Kayes (reports in French and in Bamanan language)

Here is the report produced by Renouveau TV on the first advocacy workshop for the Mali team in Kayes held from 13 to 17 December with Illia Djadi. Report in French  Report in Bamanan