Dahari in Comorian civil society

 

Ibrahim Said, our Executive Director, talks to us about one of his key missions for the NGO’s developement. 

One of the key factors to Dahari’s success will be developing effective collaborations with the different civil society, state and scientific stakeholders in working in the Comoros in our domains of intervention. Developing partnerships with relevant individuals and institutions is therefore one of my top priorities in my role as Dahari’s Executive Director

In November 2013 I carried out field visits to build contacts with the Directors of the CRDE (Regional Centre for Economic Development), with representatives of local and regional governments, and with key figures in the various villages that we work in. I also set out to discuss how they could get involved with the events and working groups that we will be organising in the villages, with a view to supporting the coordination and evaluation of Dahari’s activities.

In addition, I met with civil society leaders and a selection of the NGOs that work in Anjouan, among them MAEECHA (Mouvement Associatif pour l’Education et l’Egalité de Chance), UCEA (Union des Comité de l’Eau d’Anjouan) and APEP (Association Pédagogique des Enseignants du Primaire). Our aim was to familiarise these organisations with Dahari’s work and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

These visits provided the opportunity to share details of our 2013–14 programme of activities and to highlight our links with different partners.

In the four villages located in the southern zone where Dahari works – Pomoni, Nindri, Kowet and Moya –I was welcomed by the Mayor of Sima Prefecture, the President of the Moya District Special Delegation, the Anjouan Governor’s Special Adviser and the Director of the Pomoni Police Force. All of the people I met showed a lot of enthusiasm for getting involved in Dahari’s activities. In my meeting with the Mayorof Sima, for example, we discussed Dahari’s next project in Pomoni, which will see us regenerate an area of irrigated land used by more than 40 vegetable growers. In Kowet, my meeting with the village’s key figures and members of the experienced water management group led us to remobilising the villagers to bury underground the main water pipeline in the village following the work undertaken by ECDD.

In Adda, I was met by the President’s Special Delegation and the Secretary General of the village Steering Committee. I then had the chance to visit some of the people that Dahari had helped in the village. With a population of 8,547 people working in agriculture (as estimated in the 2003 census), in addition to its proximity to the island’s main highway, Adda has provided Dahari with its best results to date.

I also visited the villages of Salamani and Nganzalé, as well as Outsa and Ouzini – the two villages up in the highlands in Nganzalé district.

 

Above and beyond our aim of making contacts at the heart of the villages that our NGO works to support, my field visits served to reinforce my awareness of the need to work alongside communities to ensure that we have a shared technical framework and regular provision for agricultural activities, as well as of the needs that community organisations have in terms of support in managing their water supplies and in their reforestation efforts.