The workshop organised at GRET’s premises from 1 to 3 December aims to generate the bases of an action-research project entitled “Gender and participative approaches in rural development projects in Africa”. Discussions have been ongoing on this project for several months between French researchers and NGOs of various nationalities (French, German, Cameroonian, Senegalese and Malagasy). The objective of the project is to better understand the role and the potential impact of participative approaches in rural development projects in terms of changes in gender relations. NGOs, farmer organisations, professional organisations and donors are increasingly conscious of the importance of gender-sensitive approaches in their programmes. However, they often lack methods, tools and the time necessary to make a detailed diagnosis of the situation, assess the various approaches incorporating the gender dimension and benefit from the lessons learned.
The workshop aims to improve and complement the joint action-research project in order to strengthen its coherency and its pertinence – in light of the opportunities and constraints of each specific context – and to define the terms of reference of the initial diagnosis. GRET will contribute to this initiative via two projects: the first focuses on the development of livestock farming and organisation of dairy farmers in the Dagana region in Senegal (Asstel); the second concentrates on integrated actions on nutrition and food in the Androy region in Madagascar (Aina).
The workshop also has the cross-cutting objective of strengthening ownership of the project by all the partners and creating – via pooling of all the team members’ knowledge – efficient remote working relationships and conditions for the future.