Our West Africa Initiative

Indo-Malian Partnership

Indo-Mali Project

The Indo-Malian (Dholpur, Rajasthan, India, to Logo Kayes, Mali) Community to Community (C2C) learning for growth and development has been a journey of accomplishment.

In 2016, cross-organizational stakeholders from Camide and Virtue Ventures visited Manjari Foundation in India to study instances of women’s empowerment and rural economic development organizations that had successfully scaled up their initiatives to reach a large population.

The objective was to see if applicable models, lessons or inspiration could be drawn from the Indian experience and replicated in Mali, a region facing similar environmental and socio-economic challenges.

The visit paved the way for interaction with SHGs members and for understanding the basic processes and impact of women-led institutions.

The Manjari Foundation team oriented the visitors about the processes and protocols of community mobilization; the strategies for promotion of women-led institutions and other sustainable livelihood programmes that had been successfully implemented.

During the visit, the Mali team experienced India’s powerful, peer-driven, Self-Help Group (SHG) ecosystem and witnessed how the Manjari team integrated the SHG functionality in its livelihood development agenda, thereby creating its own unique SHG model.

The Camide team shared its willingness to replicate the same model in the Kayes region of Mali. A team from Manjari Foundation, it was decided, would visit Mali to understand the context and explore the opportunity of partnership.

A year later, the Manjari team, comprising technical staff and SHG members, arrived in rural Mali.

Thus, 2017 marked the beginning of a true south-south collaboration, whereby the Indian women’s SHG model was being adapted to the Malian context and implemented through a powerful, experiential, peer-learning and peer role-modelling methodology.

To our knowledge, this is a unique initiative, and no similar programme had ever been executed in West Africa.

1800 women were organized in 160 groups across 12 VOs and one Federation. An interactive map of the current groups and villages is available at: http://go.camide.org/cartegydlogo

Uniqueness of the Partnership

The uniqueness of the partnership is that community to community learning is very powerful, cross learning through exposure- seeing is believing, no imposition by each partner and letting the local partner take lead.

Partnership: A Timeline

May 2016

 

Cross-organizational stakeholders from Camide and Virtue Ventures visited Manjari Foundation in India to study instances of women’s empowerment and rural economic development organizations that had successfully scaled up their initiatives to reach a large population

April 2017

A Manjari Foundation professional travelled to Kayes for a first baseline assessment, in order to prepare for a larger intervention.

November 2017

 

The Manjari Foundation team (four SHG members, two senior book-keepers and a senior rural development professional) spent 30 days in four Malian villages with the Camide team and set up the first 50 groups.

May 2018

 

The Manjari Foundation team (six Indian SHG members, three senior group book-keepers and a senior rural development professional) spent 15 days in the four Malian villages with the Camide team, to evaluate the existing groups and set up the first Village Organization (VO).

October 2018

A group of Malian SHG members, the Camide technical staff and the mayor of Commune du Logo travelled to India for a second exposure visit that focused on livelihood activities. Five Malian SHG members decided to pilot a chicken farm.

January–June 2019

 

Local replication started (by Malian SHG women) in nine more villages

January–June 2019

Two senior Manjari Foundation rural development professionals traveled to Mali to conduct an evaluation of the pilot to date.

February–March 2020

The Manjari Foundation team (4 Indian Federation members, 3 senior professionals and a senior rural development professional) traveled to Mali to establish the women’s Federation in Commune du Logo.

October 2020

Expansion of the program in Senegal a one more west African country

March 2021

Introducing new technology cum online software for managing accounting and finances of community institutions

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Mali Diary

Community to Community Learning: Rajasthan to Mali

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