On Saturday December 3, the launching ceremony of the project “Improving the production and economic fabric of an area of Senegal with a high index of poverty and risk of food crisis, by strengthening 4 production groups comprising mainly by women” took place with the assistance of the authorities of Podor department, Niandane commune and Guédé village ; the decentralized state services (commerce, rural development, SAED, children support, local development, etc); the traditional village authorities, as well as representatives of the four target groups.
The attenders appraised the participative ceremony, as it provided an opportunity for their active intervention and to obtain clear and direct information about the activities planned by the project.
During the meeting, the project was presented by the coordinator of RADI in Podor. Other participants intervened after the presentation, underlining the importance of any activity promoting income generation for women, as this does not only benefits them, but also their families.
A special mention was made for the planned kindergarten, as it will provide access to education to children aged 0 to 5 years in the commune, creating a synergy with the Programme for Integrated Education of the Ministry of Education of Senegal.
During the ceremony, the representatives of the governmental technical services offered their assistance and monitoring for the execution of the activities. Consequently, progress was made in defining the structure and functioning of a Supervision Committee that includes representatives of the local authorities, the technical services and the 4 target groups.
The meeting ended with the recommendation for producing a written summary with the matters discussed and the conclusions reached during the debate, as well as for defining general guidelines created for the supervision committee, that should result in a document to be distributed among the participants