In its countries of operation, GRET works within civil society organisations, contributes to sectoral networks and consultative forums coordinated by public authorities.
France: Coordination SUD, Comité français pour la solidarité internationale (CFSI), France Volontaires, Groupe Initiatives (GI) , Ligue de l’enseignement. Pfongue in Senegal, Clio in Haiti, Alisea in South-East Asia, etc.
France: National committee for development and international solidarity (CNDSI), Interministerial group on food security (Gisa). Nutrition technical group in Niger, Area in Madagascar, Sectoral work group on agriculture and rural development in Laos (SWG-ARD), etc.
Multi-stakeholder sectoral networks
France: Cerise, Coalition Eau, Groupe de travail désertification. Fonhadi in Haiti, Mihari network in Madagascar, Work group on sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources in Vietnam, etc.
Examples of network initiatives at national and international level
Accreditation from the International organisation of La Francophonie
GRET is now among the 127 NGOs officially accredited by the International organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), which allows it to benefit from a consultative status and to be part of the implementation of some of the OIF’s programmes. The OIF works in synergy with the Parliamentary assembly of La Francophonie (APF), the Francophone University Agency (AUF), TV5 Monde, the International Association of Francophone mayors (AIMF), etc.
Every two years, the general secretary of La Francophonie holds a Francophone conference of international non-governmental organisations. The next edition will take place in 2020 and will focus on French language and culture, as well as on human rights, peace and democracy, education and youth, gender equality, and economic, digital and sustainable development.
Renewal of the “Land tenure and development” technical committee agreement
The “Land tenure and development” technical committee (CTFD), which GRET has been coordinating since it was set up in 1996, informs the reflections of French overseas cooperation stakeholders. From the outset, it was designed as a forum for multi-disciplinary debate and sharing, bringing together researchers, political deciders, civil society stakeholders and operators under the auspices of AFD and the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs. In light of the committee’s recent work, the latter chose to renew their support with the implementation of a new four-year funding agreement.
In order to contribute to the definition of priorities under this new agreement, an evaluation of the Committee’s organisation and action was conducted. Among the recommendations made by this evaluation, the operationalisation and decentralisation of the CTFD’s supports and work in countries emerged as a key point. These preoccupations were corroborated during a workshop organised in Saint-Louis du Senegal in January 2018 on political land trajectories in West Africa and in Madagascar.
The committee’s new funding agreement will make it possible in 2020 to launch a new support system for strategic stakeholder networks focusing on land tenure policies in seven countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal) and in Madagascar.
Signature of a partnership charter with the Soliha Federation
In January 2018, the chairpersons of GRET and the Soliha Federation (which was created by the joining together of the Pact-Arim and Habitat et Développement movements) signed a charter to collaborate for innovation in the inclusion of housing needs of the poorest populations in the French overseas territories. This charter is the culmination of several years of collaboration between the two organisations. The Pact-Arim Federation and GRET began working together in the 1980s, as part of the Solidarity Housing Programme (PSH).
More recently, joint actions took place in French Guiana and Mayotte, during the design of innovative operations for dealing with spontaneous, unregulated urbanisation. This work was well received by the French State, its agencies (AFD, ANRU), and local stakeholders. It also enabled significant contributions to reflections on the urgent need for diversification of public policies on housing for the most vulnerable populations in the French overseas territories.
Given the enormity of these challenges, GRET and Soliha decided to strengthen their collaboration and to formalise a cooperation framework to design, promote and test new approaches.
Greater cooperation between higher education, research and CSOs in Senegal
In December 2018, GRET participated in seminars on the third higher education mission, organised in Dakar by Alliss, Strasbourg University, Cheikh Anta Diop University and Enda. Alliss is a platform for cooperation between research, higher education and civil society organisations. The aim of these days of discussions and reflections, which brought together a multiplicity of international stakeholders, was to sketch a framework on the societal responsibilities of higher education institutions – support, highlight and disseminate research and knowledge produced by socio-economic stakeholders. Among a number of case studies, the experience of the Sense action-research project (Joint monitoring of public drinking water services in the north), presented by GRET, made it possible to illustrate the partnerships between the NGO and Gaston Berger University on the issues of water governance in the region of Saint-Louis.