Newsletter #1 – Introduction by Marie Rodet

The Watigueleya Kèlê action-research programme aims to understand and compare local resilience strategies in the face of socio-ecological stresses and disasters over the long term, and to assist in the valorisation and equitable inclusion of these strategies in governance and decision-making in three West African countries, Mali, Senegal and Guinea. We are working with ten village communities in these three countries in partnership with the Malian association Donkosira, which works to promote village knowledge in West Africa (Mali).

Despite the covid-19 pandemic, the project has already been running for more than a year and we are taking advantage of this first newsletter to inform you of the concrete actions carried out by the researchers, the villagers in Guinea, Mali and Senegal and the partner association Donkosira.

Four achievements of the last twelve months: a first training workshop in Bamako in December 2020 for villagers from the three countries to introduce them to the project methodology; the launch of a socio-economic survey simultaneously in the three countries, the first results of which are to be presented this month in Senegal; the first village reports on climate resilience in their communities; the publication of the work of Diguiba Camara (1885-1967), historian of Upper Guinea and colonial intermediary; and the production of educational material for Damaro, Guinea.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on the Watigueleya Kèlê programme. In the meantime, you will find here a presentation of the programme and below our recent activities.

We hope you enjoy reading! 

Dr Marie Rodet, Director of the Watigueleya Kèlê programme

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