Local Economy against Poverty

05/04/2016 inField news, Illustrate
Capacity building of Malagasy civil society organizations

Madagascar faces major development challenges, particularly in rural areas. The potential of the country is not yet well established, and rural populations, often presented incorrectly as resistant to change, often lack when they wish to expand their activities. Yet the resources and support mechanisms exist: technical services devolved state, Regional Fund for Agricultural Development, NGOs, projects and programs, and a large number of local organizations (NGOs, cooperatives, associations). These could play an important role in the dissemination of technical innovations and the implementation of various services necessary to implement rural development (training and technical and economic consulting, production and marketing of inputs, production of agricultural machinery …). They have a good knowledge of local issues and obstacles to development, they enjoy an excellent contact with the rural population and their confidence. However, their resources and their capacity to mobilize financing remain limited by weaknesses in terms of organization, methodology to mount and implement projects, technical knowledge, and a low profile and visibility.

In support of 68 civil society initiatives, from five regions (Amoron’i Mania, Analamanga, Vakinankaratra, Itasy and Haute Matsiatra) Agrisud International and the CITE conducted for 4 years (2012-2016) a program capacity building financed by the European Union.

The content of the program, set to start the project on the basis of an individualized diagnosis of every structure, processes 5 modules: governance, installation, management and evaluation of projects to support income-generating activities, agroecology, communication and capitalization. On these topics, organizations were trained and accompanied in practice, thanks to the support fund for micro projects. This system has enabled the beneficiaries installation situation organizations and implementation of projects.

This development has allowed them to apply the achievements of the training program and project results confirm the potential of local organizations: the 10 micro-projects supported and implemented in 2 years have improved the living conditions of 900 families comprising 4,270 people. To promote the implementation of similar building programs, and the CITE Agrisud capitalized all the methods and tools they have developed as part of the project, and make available to all stakeholders who wish to support efficiently and structured initiatives supported by the Malagasy organizations.OSC-restitution (2)

As such, a project review workshop was held April 28, 2016. The presentations and testimonies of beneficiaries allowed to share experiences from the project.