Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:58

YouthConnekt sees itself as a convener, both physically and virtually, and as a catalyst of partnerships that seek to unleash the enormous potential in young people of all walks of life. The platform gives Youth a seat at the table. It connects young people to role models, resources, knowledge and skills, internships and employment opportunities, enabling them to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

In an increasingly globalized and digitalized world, young people are often the leading innovators. They therefore need to be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities that their immediate environment offers for self-development and the advancement of their communities. Such opportunities often come disguised as challenges and it takes a positive attitude to transform them.

YouthConnekt is a platform that aims at creating peer-to-peer support amongst the youth and facilitating interactions between the youth and public, private, civil society and international organisations that work to promote youth's civic and socio-economic development.

The overall objective of YouthConnekt is to reduce unemployment among youth and promote active citizenship. It empowers the youth through Job creation, ICT innovations, Skills development, and Citizen Engagement. The YouthConnekt platform enables young women and men aged between 16-30 to connect with leaders, role models, peers, skills and resources to promote employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

YouthConnekt enables youth to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

Goals of YouthConnekt:

  1. 10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries
  2. 25,000,000 opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces
  3. Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities
  4. Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender parity in education, jobs, technology & leadership
  5. Connect every school in Africa & nurture digital ambassadors to transfer skills to their local communities. Form a Hub of Hubs that connects all incubation hubs across the continent.

UNDP, Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda

UNDP, Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda

Contact Details:
UNDP Rwanda
Njoya Tikum
Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:09

Young people constitute the majority of the world’s population today. In 2015, a global figure of 1.2 billion aged 15-24 accounted for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals, the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. This is indeed the largest youth cohort the world has ever seen.

However, the majority of young people living in developing countries struggle to attain basic needs in terms of education and training, gainful employment and sustainable livelihoods, health care services, as well as civil liberties and political participation. Without access to these basic needs, young people have no means to grow, establish families, support their offspring and fully contribute to society.

These social, economic and political needs are fundamental for improving young people’s lives, eradicating poverty and hunger and promoting well-being and more inclusive peaceful societies. The World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) clearly highlights the importance of these social issues as fundamental pillars for sound and effective youth social development. These social development issues have been repeatedly recognized and acknowledged by governments, as well as by young people and youth-led organizations, as important challenges facing the younger generations today. Therefore, peace, security and sustainable development can only be achieved by tackling the social, economic and political issues affecting young people in a holistic and integrated manner.

In 2016, Audacious Dreams Foundation (ADF), a social organization in India, came up with a new programme aimed to inspire, inform, engage, enable and empower youth for global understanding and sustainable development through volunteerism.

VIP (Volunteer-Innovate-Participate) is a programme to promote youth volunteerism for nation building and sustainable development by empowering themselves and community around through doing social innovations/contributions. The VIP promotes participatory learning through volunteerism and makes the young people from the local community to participate in the skills development (self) and community development (to others) by undertaking structured volunteer programme for up to 500 hours per year.

Objectives of the Project

  • Mainstreaming youth to involve in Post 2015 Development Agenda and to engage contribute for the success of sustainable development goals
  • Providing youth an opportunity to participate in the nation building process
  • To learn the skills including functional, life skills and vocational skills
  • To initiate and participate in service learning projects
  • Providing working space for youth to frame, exhibit their skills and mentoring them with various leadership coach
  • To provide organized, structured platform for women and girls to empower themselves and community by initiative volunteer services
  • Mainstreaming Professional Youth Work

The youth participants contribute for volunteer/social innovation for nation build according to their interest and opportunities through:

  1. Self-Empowerment (with choice of any service or skill building activity to improve them (50%)
  2. Community Empowerment (with choice any volunteering activity which benefits the society (50%).

The participants take diversified project according to the needs of the community including but not limited to:

  • Empowering young people and adolescent girls through life skills
  • Mainstreaming youth in local governance
  • Education on civic citizenship and participatory youth governance
  • Sports for Development
  • Promoting gender equality and adolescent health
  • Advocacy
  • Social enterprise
  • Skill building
  • Ensuring quality education and teaching in marginalized communities
  • Rural youth development
  • Forming and Strengthening women self-help groups in rural and marginalized areas
  • Volunteering in development organizations
  • Strengthening institutional youth agencies (student and academic councils)
  • discipline committee, campus coordination etc

Achievements: Currently the program has benefited and empowered over 400 youth from India with leadership, interpersonal and project management skills.

Partners: The project is being implemented in collaboration with Indian Educational institutions and community leaders.

Budget: 25,000 USD to support 1000 volunteers to participate in one year programme

Contact details:
Audacious Dreams Foundation
45,Karupuleeswarar nagar,
Goodanagaram Road, Gudiyattam 632602
Vellore Dt, Tamilnadu India
Phone:+91 8883449369
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:42

An average of 750,000 cases of child deaths caused by pneumonia are reported every year in Africa. Many of those deaths caused by misdiagnosis, especially in the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to differentiate.

In 2016, Brian Turyabagye, a co-founder of  Mamaope Medicals,  designed a biomedical smart jacket that would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, diagnosing pneumonia in children aged under 5 years at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor.  He named it “Mamaope”, or “mother’s hope” – a reference to the 27,000 children who die of pneumonia in Uganda every year.

The MamaOpe Jacket works in a simple way. Once a child patient puts it on, a health worker activates a controller unit. After the start button is clicked, the jacket tracks the vital signs of Pneumonia and displays the results after 3 minutes. This low-cost solution it makes the process of diagnosis way faster than the conventional ways currently in use, such as that require a stethoscope may require five or more minutes. 

The benefits of the medical smart jacket are to prevent recurring cases of pneumonia misdiagnosis. Since November 2017, the jacket has been tested in Uganda. So far, Mamaope is being rollout to some of the major hospitals in Uganda and it’s expected to benefit over 50,000 citizens annually who has been victims of Pneumonia.

The team built test jackets and these are currently being approved for market. Mamaope Medicals also intends to develop the solution further in order to make possible a long distance monitoring of patients by their doctors.

The solution was voted the winner for Pitch@Palace Africa 2017 and ranked by CNN among the 12 African innovations that will change the world.

Partners: The project has been single handedly funded by Resilient African Network(RAN) but any additional support from the well wiser for scale out would highly be appreciated.

Budget: USD 100,000 use for marketing and production.

Contact details:
Mr. Brian Turyabagye Co-Founder, Mamaope Medicals
Phone: +256764555236
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Monday, 19 February 2018 17:20

In response to the high unemployment rate and poverty level among the youth in Uganda the Government of Uganda launched the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP). YLP is a Rolling Programme, that started in 2013, ending in 2018 targeting poor and unemployed youth (18-30 years) to harness their social-economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income levels.

The Programme is being implemented under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with Local Governments and covers all the present 122 districts (including Kampala City) and 41 Municipalities. The design and implementation of the Programme is based on the Community Demand-driven Development (CDD) model. The youth receive the support in form of Revolving Funds advanced through Youth Interest Groups (YIGs).

The program is structured and mainstreamed at the national and Local Government levels where the Local Governments are responsible for mobilization & sensitization, beneficiary selection, facilitate projects preparation, appraisal and approval of projects, monitoring and supervision.

The Ministry provides the technical guidelines, support capacity building, financing, and overall coordination. And the support is provided by Youth Interest Groups (YIGs) of 10-15 persons in form of Revolving Funds (Soft Loans-with youth friendly terms).

The target groups include the following vulnerable categories of youth: Drop-outs from schools and training institutions, Youth living in slums, city streets, high risk and impoverished communities, Youth who have not had the opportunity to attend formal education, Single parent-youth, Youth with disability, Youth Living with HIV/AIDS and Youth who have completed secondary school or tertiary institutions (including University) but remain unemployed.

Under YLP, majority of the beneficiaries are school dropouts (34.6%), followed by those who have only completed primary education (19.6%). 2.8% of the beneficiaries are youths with disabilities.

The Program consists of the following components:

  • Youth Empowerment: The greater involvement of the Youth in mobilization, sensitization, prioritization, and planning for their needs, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of Programme activities has created a sense of empowerment and confidence to take charge of their destiny. The skills provided through the basic training in financial management, entrepreneurship, business development, group dynamics and life skills, further strengthen the empowerment of the youth involved in the Programme.
  • Youth Economic Engagement: the supported youth are engaged in self-employment through vocational trades and income generating activities financed under YLP.
  • Financial Inclusion: All the youth supported under the Programme, receive the funds through the Commercial Banks. A number of these youth groups had never had any dealings with the Banks before, but are now holding savings accounts in the Commercial Banks. This is a great achievement in the promotion of financial inclusion among the vulnerable youth.
  • Support to Local Economic Development: The YIGs procure products and services locally and thereby support the community like the supply of agricultural inputs, trainers for skills enhancement projects hence increase to local entrepreneurs who deal with the YIGs.
  • Increase in Income Levels for the Youth: A number of the funded youth projects have been productive enabling the youth to earn commensurate income and this has enabled some YIGs to make 100% repayment. The process evaluation report rated 51% of YIG enterprises as successful, 46% struggling, and 3% failed/disbanded.
  • Increased Acquisition of Skills: A number of youths have acquired employable skills under apprenticeship training provided by local experts. This has resulted into a multiplier effect and self-reliance of projects. For instance, a number of youths have opened their own training centers to train community members and other youth at manageable fees and flexible training time.
  • Financial Inclusion: Under the programme, YIGs access project funds through commercial banks. Consequently, 13,107 YIGs bank accounts have been opened and operated. Additionally, beneficiaries have also opened accounts in Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCO) and are engaged in Village Level Savings Associations (VLSA).

Achievements: The total amount repaid as at January 12, 2018, was UShs. 15.249 Billion, [representing 67 % of the UShs. 22.903 Billion that is due to-date]. 112 groups have to date fully paid up (100% Repayment).

The Programme in December 2017 commenced the process of revolving the funds recovered to various Districts and Municipal Councils. To date, 703 projects worth USHs. 6.269 Billion have been funded under the revolving funds. This is benefiting 8,112 youth.

Partners: local governments and municipalities.

Budget: It is financed initially from Government own resources (with a possibility of development partners’ support in the future). The programme has received a cumulative release of USh. 132,423,537,300 ( of the initial 265 Billion.

Contact details:
Ms Dianah Naturinda Makobore, Program Manager
Phone: +256782240088
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Monday, 29 January 2018 16:59

The mechanism documents the study and exchange of experiences between Mauritania and Burkina Faso on the management of the National Volunteer Program to draw on Burkina's experience on its implementation and its institutional anchoring in order to implement in place of a National Volunteer Program of Mauritania (PNVM).

In contexts where a large portion of the population is under 20 years of age and limited access to formal employment, as is the case in Burkina Faso and Mauritania, it is important to create opportunities to capitalize on this resource. underutilized human. The volunteer program (PNVB) has the potential to develop human resources, contribute to youth employment and be consistent with the fight against unemployment and poverty.

The aim is to engage qualified young volunteers, enabling them to contribute to the development of the nation as well as to gain experience that would increase their job chances.

The Public Interest Group - National Volunteer Program in Burkina Faso was set up in 2006 with the mission to promote, promote and develop all forms of voluntary engagement According to the United Nations Volunteer Program (UNVP) ), since its creation, the Burkina Faso National Volunteer Program has recruited 25,000 volunteers and contributed to the formulation of the 2008 Volunteer Law, and intervenes in the thirteen regions of Burkina Faso through Regional Volunteer Centers ( CRVs) hosted by civil society organizations. This experience inspired Mauritania to undertake a similar program.

A Mauritanian delegation arrived in Burkina Faso in 2014 to inquire about Burkina Faso's experience in creating and managing a national volunteer program. The delegation had discussions with a number of stakeholders including officials and technical partners of GIP-PNVB (UNV, France Volunteers, etc.). She also visited the authorities of the Ministry in charge of youth of Burkina Faso (ministry of technical supervision). The delegation, with the support of the GIP-PNVB, visited two Regional Volunteer Centers (CRV): the CRV Center West Koudougou, and the North based in Yako. A visit of the reception structure and national volunteers on mission closed the visits.

The National Volunteer Program in Mauritania was launched in January 2014. The study visit to Burkina Faso made it possible to better understand the functioning of the structures created, to appropriate the tools developed and to draw lessons from the difficulties encountered in order to strengthen the program.

Provider country: Burkino Faso

Supported by: PNUD

Implementing agency: 
National Volunteer Program of Mauritania

Contact person:
Burkina Faso
Naomi Falkenburg
UN Volunteer Program Officer
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:19

Fisheries and aquaculture play an important role in socio-economic terms and as a source of food. However, over the years there has not been any stable progress in increasing the production levels of fisheries. In 1988, fishery production reached 102 tonnes, but declined in the 1990s, and then slowly returned back to the same production level of 102 tonnes in 2004. It was not until the last two years that the annual fisheries catch reached 110 tonnes. Annual per capita consumption followed the same trend (from 13.5 kg in 1988 it fell to 8.5 in 1990, rising again in recent years to 9.5 kg) with a very skewed regional breakdown, due to the fact that annual per capita consumption in the interior regions is below 1.5 kg.

A way to combat this challenge is to consider marine aquaculture spatial planning, which consists of the identification of suitable areas (onshore, offshore and inshore) to exercise activity in marine aquaculture. The aquaculture activity encompasses shellfish farming, seaweed farming, and fish farming. It is implemented through the setting up of aquaculture development spatial plans that identify, in addition to favorable areas, potential species and their appropriate farming/culture techniques.

The methodology adopted for the realization of the aquaculture plans was initiated in 2013 as part of the first plan carried out at the level of the bay of Dakhla until Cintra Bay (Region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab). This methodology has its particularity in applying a progressive selection approach, which takes into account all the technical, environmental and administrative parameters, in identifying the most conducive areas to the exercise of sustainable aquaculture that respects the environment. This approach has also allowed the organization of the aquaculture sector at national level, through the provision of turn-key projects to potential investors as part of calls for expression of interest. Moroccan public institution in charge of the development of this sector relies both on a detailed diagnosis and an in-depth analysis of a set of administrative, legal, environmental, technical and socio-economic feasibility criteria, and on a participatory approach involving all the actors of the territory concerned by marine and coastal spatial planning.

In order to ensure the sustainability of aquaculture activity, several environmental integration instruments are taken into account, from the planning and selection sites phase to the operational phase. The study of the carrying capacity consists in the assessment of the capacity of the receiving environment to host aquaculture projects, it is illustrated by the physical, productive, ecological and social load capacity, and this ensures the sustainability of the activity and the receiving environment.

The overall environmental impact assessment for an aquaculture management plan is useful in that it allows the cumulative impacts generated by the multitude of projects located in a given area to be calculated and assessed and to present mitigation measures adapted accordingly, unlike isolated environmental impact studies, which are specific to each individual project and do not allow this exercise to take place. These tools are multi-form and apply at different levels such as : i) Study of carrying capacities during the site selection phase, ii) Realization of Environmental Impact studies focusing on negative significant impacts of aquaculture and also the positive impacts of this activity, which result in the proposal of effective mitigation and enhancement measures (iii) Environmental and Social Management Plans, necessary for environmental and social monitoring of aquaculture plans.

  1. Aquaculture plan in the Region of Dakhla Oued Ed Dahab: from the Bay of Dakhla to the bay of Cintra / End of study (August 2015), implementation through the launch of a call for expressions of interest (November 2015);
  2. Aquaculture plan in the Regions of Souss Massa and Guelmim Oued Noun : from Imessouane to Sidi Ifni / End of study (April 2017), implementation in preparation;
  3. Aquaculture plan in the Mediterranean Region: from Cap Targha to Saidia / End of study planned in August 2017, implementation in preparation;
  4. Aquaculture plan in the Regions of Guelmim Oued Noun and Laayoune Sakia El Hamra : from Guelmim to Boujdour / under construction ;
  5. Aquaculture plan in the Regions of Casablanca Settat and Marrakech Safi : from El Jadida to Essaouira / under construction.

Aquaculture plans have assessed the real aquaculture potential of the national coastline, based on reliable data and knowledge of the marine environment, and that, after analyzing all forms of current and future activities, uses, and occupations. The participatory planning approach adopted by ANDA, involving all local, regional and central actors concerned by maritime and land coastal area, constitutes an anticipation of sectoral integration allowing the optimization and the harmonization of the use of coastal areas while enhancing the assets of the coastal ecosystem.
Owing to the new methodology applied the following outcomes were achieved:

  • Establishment of a mapping of Allocated Areas for Aquaculture (AAA) (onshore, offshore and inshore) with a comprehensive database;
  • Identification of potential species and proposal of appropriate technologies;
  • Establishment of parceling plans: The parceling plan is the penultimate step in the planning process and consists of the fragmentation of previously identified aquaculture favorable polygons. Therefore, during this step and on the basis of the superposition of all previously identified parameters (dissolved oxygen, temperature, currents, etc.), a socio-economic study and a pre-established weighting, those polygons are broken up into economically viable units, whose production, technique and type of farming are identified.
  • The turn-key projects proposed as part of the planning at the Dakhla, Souss-Massa and Mediterranean Regions have been launched for investment via calls for expression of interest. The progress of the implementation of these 3 plans is as follows:
    • Dakhla-Cintra zone: The official publication of the results of the call for expressions of interest was made on 21st September 2017;
    • Souss-Massa Region: the call for expressions of interest was launched on 27 December 2017;
    • Mediterranean Region: the call for expressions of interest was launched on 18th July 2017.

This solution also provides potential investors with areas studied at all levels, exempting them from these expensive studies and also avoiding their anarchic installation and enabling the local populations at the selected sites to benefit from artisanal aquaculture projects planned within the framework of cooperatives, in order to improve the living conditions of these populations. It also a reason for the creation of wealth and provides direct and indirect jobs and regional socio-economic growth. It is also interesting to note that the protection of the marine environment is also among the important impact of the solution.

Overall, the aquaculture plans enabled the establishment of an exhaustive and a consolidated mapping database, which served as a tool for the location and the planning of the activity. They also assist in monitoring and providing investors with turnkey projects, as well as suitable areas to host productive and sustainable aquaculture activity. As a consequence, this mapping database on the environment allows investors to better plan and design their projects, which in turn will assist in increasing fishery production levels over the coming years.

Budget: $1,8 million

Contact details:
National Aquaculture Development Agency
+212 538 099 700
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 Based on the Brazilian policy and practice of implementing milk banks (BLH), initiated by the Ministry of Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in the 1980s, a Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH) is an initiative that aims to expand a communication of knowledge and technologies aimed at food and nutritional security of newborns and infants, having the right to health as a central value. (ABC), with no intention of transferring to the implementation of its own resources, for the implementation of its own resources. human milk banks (in particular, Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique became part of the RBLH as of 2010). Once companies are successful, what is what is a horizontal work plan, which is a horizontal set.

(7,000 a day) died in 2016, (nearly 7 months a day) died in 2016, (nearly 7 months a day) died in 2016, which is 40% in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, only ten Sub-Saharan African countries have partially achieved the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by 2015.

With the mission of supporting or breastfeeding, and collecting, processing, evaluating, stocking and distributing human milk, BLHs can be created with simple and inexpensive technology, assembled in real resources, in relatively short time. In addition to its important contribution to increasing infant breastfeeding rates and neonatal health improvements, the HMB generates evidence to improve as public policies related to health. The Brazilian experience shows that HBs are an effective way to increase the survival of babies with problems (mainly premature babies) and to reduce neonatal mortality (as indicated by a rate drop of more than 70% between 1990 and 2012).

A South-South bank for the implementation of an HBL involves professional qualification, provision of specialized equipment and adequacy of physical facilities. The training of health and education and the management and information in BLH) and the accomplishment of internships (in the areas of Assistance to women in the process of breastfeeding, Communication, and information, among others). Together, an ABC and Fiocruz support technical and financial, which is an installation and qualification of milk banks in various parts of the world, through the sharing of experiences, knowledge and technologies and strengthening of local capacities, respecting the different socioeconomic and cultural contexts. This version has a long list of corrections, changes, and new developments that significantly improve functioning.

RBLH plays a central role in promoting the implementation of milk banks in the countries that are integrated by carrying out activities such as workshops and workshops and by encouraging the sharing of technical and scientific documents. Examples of such initiatives are a youtube channel with Educational VIDEOS, a distance learning platform and the Young Researchers Award involved in the rBLH.

The creation and / or strengthening of HMB in African countries is essential for the strengthening of their national health systems. The first African BLH unit was installed at the Agostinho Neto Hospital in Praia (Cape Verde) in 2011, involving a training of 96 technicians. In its first year of operation, a local team found a 50% reduction in newborn deaths; between 2011 and 2016 2,500 babies were breastfed and 17,499 women were breastfed. The project for a new Cape Verdean unit on the island of São Vicente is under discussion. The second unit of African BLH is in the phase of implantation, not Maputo Central Hospital (Mozambique), with the beginning of the activities scheduled for the first half of 2018. In turn, the first Angolan BLH to enter into operation at the Lucrécia Paim Maternity in Luanda. The other Lusophone African countries and Timor-Leste should also join the RBLH, as envisaged by the creation in October 2017 of the BLH Network of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Supported by:
Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and ministries of health of Brazil and the countries participating in RBLH

Implementing Agency:
Fiocruz / Ministry of Health, through its units: the National Institute of Health of Women, Children and Adolescents Fernandes Figueira (IFF) and the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (ICICT)

More information:

Contact person:
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz / Ministry of Health)
João Aprígio Guerra de Almeida
Coordinator of the Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH)
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:06

Implemented between 2008 and 2011 by the then Human Rights Secretariat (currently the Brazilian Ministry of Human Rights), the project "Support in the formulation and monitoring of the National Program for the Universalization of Birth Records in Guinea-Bissau" aimed at strengthening the Ministry of Justice for the elaboration and execution of a national policy of coping with civil birth registration.

Guinea Bissau is one of the least developed countries and has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates of five years (88 per 1,000). With a high growth rate (about 2.5%), Guinean population is predominantly young (42% of inhabitants are under 15). The majority of the population depends on subsistence farming to ensure their livelihood and lives in areas where schools, markets and health posts are not easily accessible. The road network is very limited and electricity, which exists only in the cities, is scarce.

Civil birth registration (RCN) is a right for all children and the first step towards access to other rights and public services, and for the full exercise of citizenship. The RCN allows the State to know how many are and where the individuals were born, favoring the development of public policies to serve citizens. The provision of legal identity for all (including birth registration) by 2030 is one of the internationally agreed specific goals associated with ODS 16. Despite the importance of the CRC, only 39% of children are registered in Guinea Bissau, according to with UNICEF. Underreporting is a challenge to the protection of Guinean children, and its main causes are the concentration of registration services, the low capillarity of the registries (registry offices), the difficulty of access to services and the collection of high fees for obtaining the RCN. Several attempts to remedy the problem in the country had been undertaken by the Government, through the Ministry of Justice, without however achieving results of impact.

In 2008, the Ministry of Justice of Guinea-Bissau requested the support of the then Secretariat of Human Rights (attached to the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil) to confront the civil sub-registration of birth in your country.

In Brazil, the strategy of eradicating civil under-registration at birth allowed the under-registration index to increase from 20.9% in 2002 to 6.6% in 2010. It was based on the National Mobilization for the RCN and the National Plan for the RCN, with actions involving states and municipalities. Launched in 2004, the National Plan for RCN is based on shared management and articulation between government spheres, the legislative and judicial branches, international organizations and NGOs, and is structured around the following axes:

  • Mobilization: promotion of mobilizations and mobilization campaigns, at the national, regional, state and municipal levels;
  • Service network: the expansion of the offer of RCN services and basic documentation, implementation of interconnected units, improvement of the flow of information between maternities and registries;
  • Structuring conditions: the creation of the National Civil Registry Information System (which modernizes, through a digital platform, the capture and processing of data) and improvement of legislation, as well monitoring and evaluation.

Considering the similarities between the Brazilian and Guinean contexts, this South-South cooperation project sought to replicate the successful Brazilian experience, adapting it to the particularities of Guinea-Bissau. The strategies adopted included, among others, the expansion of the civil registry service network (with the expansion of conservatories and the structuring of itinerant services and maternity hospitals), as well as communication and training of mobilization agents. The activities and results of the project mainly included:

  • The formulation, together with the Ministry of Justice of Guinea-Bissau, of the National Program for Universalization of RCN;
  • The creation of the internal regulations, instruments for cooperation and integration of actions and the plan of action of the Steering Committee of the National Program for Universalization of RCN;
  • Raising the awareness of the Guinean population of the importance of civil documentation as an instrument for exercising citizenship and promoting and defending human rights; and
  • The monitoring of the execution of the National Program for Universalization of the RCN.

Supported by:
On the Brazilian side: Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and Ministry of Human Rights
On the Guinean side: Ministry of Justice

Implementing agency:
Ministry of Human Rights of Brazil

Contact person:
Ministry of Human Rights
Thiago de Almeida Garcia
Coordinator-General for the Promotion of Birth Registration, National Secretariat for Citizenship
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 10:58

This project sought to respond to the problem of the exclusion of the formal secondary education system in Cape Verde, which leaves many young people lacking in skills and competences, and hinders their capacity to integrate the labor market, placing them at the margins of society and fostering juvenile delinquency. Based on the experience of the Brazilian NGO AfroReggae in some of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janeiro and in other countries, the project has developed a series of initiatives aimed at investing in the potential of disadvantaged children in three pilot neighborhoods of Praia. education, culture and art to environments marked by urban violence.

The population of Cape Verde is mostly urban (urban centers concentrate 62% of the population) and young (with an average age of 26.2 years). About 192,000 children and adolescents between 0 and 17 years old (corresponding to almost 40% of the population) live in the archipelago. Although basic education is practically universal in Cape Verde, with the great majority of students enrolled in public schools, secondary education continues to be one of the challenges for education in the country. Despite the strong expansion of secondary education between 2001 and 2009, school drop-out rates remain very high, particularly for students over the age of 14 from disadvantaged social classes. The fact that the secondary study is not gratuitous and tends to be perceived by the families as an expense and not as an investment favors the exit of the adolescents from school before the end of the secondary level, some looking for work (although of precarious nature), others looking for easy money in less desirable activities. It is estimated that in every five 17-year-olds two are out of school.

The official unemployment rate in the country was 16.8% in 2012, being highest in the urban area (19.1%). With a rate of about 21%, young people aged 15-24 are the hardest hit by unemployment. This situation in which the urban and youth segments of the population are the most affected contributes to the perpetuation of the cycles of poverty, with a potentially significant impact on school drop-out, migration and street violence, one of the problems that have been growing strongly in the last years.

In addition to unemployment and low schooling levels of youth, several other factors have been advanced as possible causes of the emergence of street gangs and the increase in urban violence in Cape Verde, in particular: the growth of social inequality among the layers of society; the expansion of the supply of consumer products and the low purchasing power of the vast majority of young people; and the process of urbanization without planning, leading to the expansion of peripheral informal neighborhoods without adequate equipment in terms of basic services.

In the environment of the marginalized neighborhoods of Praia (a city that concentrates half the urban population of the country), there is a deficit in the articulation between civil society movements and public policies, dependence on financing, especially international, for the survival of the actions of development, embryonic network of cooperation among social movements, and lack of access to information on existing public policies directed to the low-income population, mainly related to youth and education. This limits the coordinated access of young people to social services, education (secondary - especially technical and vocational - and higher) and employment opportunities.

The project for the Promotion of Social Inclusion of Young People through Culture was implemented in the Cape Verdean capital between 2013 and 2015, with the general objective of combating school evasion and social precariousness, and promoting the social participation of young people. Funded in part by revenues collected through the "Football Match Against Poverty", organized in Brazil by UNDP in December 2012, the project aimed to provide young people who are victims or at risk of social exclusion with alternative, viable and beneficial life paths for the society, through the promotion of cultural and artistic manifestations, reconciliation with the school universe, approaching the labor market and the development of social skills.

Through the transfer, with appropriate adaptations, of the social technology of the NGO AfroReggae, agents from four local organizations were trained in three districts of Praia to work in mobilization networks aimed at: return of evaders to school education; the strengthening of cultural and educational policy; and the development of debates that contribute to improving the quality of life of disadvantaged young people and to positive changes in their lives.

The project promoted cultural and artistic workshops as strategies to combat violence and social mobilization in favor of inclusion, integrating and training 70 young local multipliers in cultural expressions (such as circus, music, percussion, theater and graphite) in order to continuity to the initiative after its formal implementation period and to extend it beyond the three pilot communities initially focused. Through research involving the application of UNDP's Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) methodology, the project also included the social monitoring of the families of at-risk youth, in order to direct them to existing public policies and improve their access to public services and basic rights.

The project was recognized as the fourth most innovative of 54 initiatives evaluated on the African continent within the framework of the "Innovation Knowledge Fair", organized by UNDP in December 2013.

Supported by:
UNDP, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Implementing Agency:
On the Brazilian side: AfroReggae
On the Cape Verde side: Ministry of Youth, Employment and Human Resources Development, and four local organizations: Association of Disabled Children (ACRIDES), Zé Moniz Association, Current Activists and Hope Foundation

Contact person:
Cape Verde
Joint UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF Office
Nelida Rodrigues
Head of the Human Capital Development Unit
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 07:08

The bilateral cooperation project Escola de Todos aims to strengthen Cape Verde's education system in relation to inclusion, with the training of teachers for the care of students with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN), the development of support documents for the elaboration of a national policy of inclusive education and provision of specialized spaces for complementary educational activities with these children. Implemented by the Brazilian and Cape Verdean ministries of education in partnership with the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM, Brazil), the initiative seeks to offer children and young people with SEN with the same quality as the other students in the country.

UNESCO has promoted as an international goal the provision of access to quality education for all people, regardless of factors such as gender, ethnicity and disability. Although there is no precise data, UNESCO estimates that 5% of the world's children are disabled, with about 80% of them living in developing countries. At the same time, children with special educational needs (such as intellectual impairment, visual impairment or deafness) are less likely to complete basic education. This has negative individual and collective repercussions, in particular social exclusion and the feeding of a vicious circle around poverty. There is thus a need for inclusive education that promotes greater autonomy for children with disabilities, with their integration into traditional school systems. This orientation requires additional resources, both in terms of teachers with specialized training and access to adapted teaching materials.

Following the perspective advocated by UNESCO, Cape Verde has developed initiatives in the area of ​​special inclusive education, including the drawing up of specific plans which include the training of teachers in SEN. According to the 2000 census, 3% of the population living in Cape Verde has some type of disability, and 2001 and 2002 surveys identified about 1,000 children with SEN enrolled in the country's schools (being visual impairment and deafness the most frequent cases ). However, the number of teachers and technicians trained to deal with this audience was therefore insufficient to meet demand.


  1. The project School of All aims to support the Cape Verdean education system in the development and offer of inclusive education in its various interfaces. In a first phase (2006-2007), multiplier teachers were trained in three areas: Braille system and unified mathematical code; orientation and mobility (for students with visual impairment); and teaching the Portuguese language to the deaf, with the provision of didactic material and specialized pedagogical kits. In a second, more comprehensive phase, begun in 2008, the project has been carrying out activities in three main strands:
    Conducting a teacher training course (250 hours) for the specialized educational service complementary to schooling, comprising 11 modules: Distance education; Specialized educational assistance; Assistive technology; Physical disability; Intellectual deficiency; Visual impairment; Deafness; Autism; High skills / giftedness; Pedagogical evaluation of students with disabilities; and Curricular adaptation. Two-thirds of the modules were carried out at a distance (virtual learning environment) and the remainder through face-to-face classes (both in Cape Verde and Brazil).
  2. Development of guidelines for public policies in inclusive education and assistive technology, with a view to strengthening the process of inclusion of students with SEN in regular schools. In this context, several studies were carried out in Cape Verde that resulted in documents and activities to guide the elaboration of a national policy of inclusive education, of which the actions related to the Cape Verdean sign language are outstanding. For example, the registration of signs used by hearing impaired people in the different islands of the country, the development of a sign language in Creole (in print and digital formats) and the provision of sign language and interpreter training courses were included. This part resulted in 2012 a book in which is described part of the activities carried out in the project until then.
  3. Implementation of three multifunctional resource rooms to carry out specialized educational services in order to serve students with SEN. The Cape Verdean government provided rooms in schools in the islands of Santo Antão, Santiago and Fogo, which were renovated and equipped with the support of the Brazilian government, serving as a reference in accessibility for students with disabilities. The country thus has nine multifunctional resource rooms. This strand also included the training of teachers and students to practice in the multifunctional resource rooms, through a classroom course using the materials available in the rooms.

In all, about 300 teachers from Cape Verde's primary and secondary schools have already been covered by the program, as well as 50 teachers trained in specialized educational services, 40 multiplier teachers in transcription and adaptation of Braille material, and 4 multiplier teachers in deafblindness and assistive technology.

The School of All project, in a similar format, was also developed in Angola between 2008 and 2015, with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Supported by: Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC)

Agency of implementation:
On the Brazilian side: Ministry of Education and UFSM
On the Cape Verdean side: Ministry of Education, Directorate General for Basic and Secondary Education (DGEBS / ME)

Contact person:
Federal University of Santa Maria, Education Center (CE / UFSM)
Ana Cláudia Oliveira Pavão, Project Coordinating Teacher
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Held between 2009 and 2014, this initiative was the first South-South cooperation project developed by Brazil, whose formulation and implementation was carried out by social movements, coordinated by a Brazilian NGO (IBASE). Involving peasant organizations in Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa linked to family agriculture, the project focused on the rescue of Creole seeds and technical strengthening on planting and harvesting of them, as a way of promoting, at the same time, income generation, community empowerment and the preservation of agrobiodiversity.

Challenge: Based on large corporations and intensive monocultures that use mechanization and the use of agrochemicals, commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers to increase productivity, the dominant model of agricultural development was propagated in the 20th century in order to solve the problem of hunger in the world. However, it has been found that this model has triggered significant socio-environmental imbalances (such as the impoverishment of small-scale agriculture, the gradual impoverishment of agrobiodiversity, soil depletion and increased vulnerability of production to atmospheric variations, pests and diseases) , which, on the contrary, focus on maintaining a vicious circle between poverty, hunger and environmental degradation. Thus, agribusiness has been questioned in terms of its capacity to generate development that is both inclusive and sustainable.

According to the FAO, family farming is the main form of food supply in the world, and is the basis of livelihood for the majority of the population of African countries (although in rural areas, the majority of the population poorer). Declaring 2014 as the "International Year of Family Farming", the UN aimed to increase the visibility of this production sector, which plays a key role in food security and sovereignty, as well as in the generation of employment and income, particularly in the countries less developed countries.

For example, in contrast to the homogenization and simplification of agricultural agribusiness procedures, family farming has been responsible for perpetuating the knowledge and practice traditionally developed over time for the selection and improvement of plants and seeds adapted to particular contexts . With energy needs and industrial inputs much lower than those of monocultures, the complex and diversified systems associated with family farming have persisted even in environments with hostile conditions (such as those subject to drought), thus contributing to the preservation of genetic heritage and cultural heritage. This is especially relevant considering that, as estimated by FAO, about 75% of agrobiodiversity disappeared in the last century.

In response to this situation, peasant movements and agroecology scientists have sought to promote the rescue of creole seeds - varieties specifically adapted to the place of cultivation - and the traditional community practices associated with them, in particular seed banks (to ensure their storage until the next planting) and the trade fairs. Thus, among the main challenges are the rehabilitation and dissemination of such practices by peasants.

Solution: Prepared with the participation of members of civil society and community leaders from the countries involved, the project of community banks of creole seeds for family agriculture aimed at the training of peasants in procedures of rescue, multiplication, storage and use of native seeds. From the transfer of social technologies and agroecology, the project also aimed at the establishment of community seed banks and the training of peasants in the processes of exchange and commercialization of these, thus contributing to the organizational and economic strengthening of family agriculture in Mozambique and South Africa.

The activities focused on the exchange of professionals for the exchange of knowledge among the three countries, through technical visits, courses and testing of planting with the participation of agronomists accustomed to working with popular movements. Representatives of Mozambican and South African peasant movements were in Brazil to exchange experiences and know techniques of planting and harvesting of creole seeds used by Brazilian social movements and, on another occasion, to visit a fair of exchange of seeds, in the state of Goiás.

With content and methodology collectively defined by the social movements of the three countries, the training courses involved peasant technicians and leaders on issues related to the cultivation and preservation of seeds, as well as cross-cutting themes related to organization, functioning, challenges and the needs of peasant social movements. The participants of the courses were also trained on how to disseminate the knowledge acquired, so that they functioned as multipliers of the initiative. The project took particular account of gender issues in family agriculture, by including a seminar especially dedicated to peasants, held by representatives of the Peasant Women's Movement of Brazil. This seminar had repercussions on the mobilization and empowerment of women in both Mozambique and South Africa, having influenced the creation of specialized structures and events in those countries.

The project also trained peasants in the methodology of implementing and operating community seed banks, carried out an inventory of the native seeds present in the areas covered by the project in the two African countries (mainly grains, roots and vegetables) and developed concrete seeds creoles. The results of the project also include recognition by the two African governments involved of peasant social movements and closer relations between them.

The main difference of this South-South cooperation project was to have rural social movements in Brazil, South Africa and Mozambique as agents to define the demands and activities and their implementation, which both strengthened the sustainability of the initiative and promoted the reinforcement of local economies.

Supported by: Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC)

Agency of implementation:
On the Brazilian side: General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis (IBASE), Popular Peasant Movement (MCP) and Peasant Women's Movement (MMC)
On the Mozambican side: Ministry of Agriculture (National Directorate of Agrarian Extension) and National Union of Peasants (UNAC)
On the South African side: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE)

Contact Details:
Athayde Motta
Executive Director, IBASE
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AthaydeMotta IBASE

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:24

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was issued in response to the international community to coordinate efforts to combat desertification and rehabilitation of degraded lands and to mitigate the negative effects of desertification on natural resources and human societies. The agreement focused on work at different levels through national action plans (NAPs) and regional / supra-regional programs (RAPs - PAS) to promote cooperation between countries in the region or under the same region through coordination of work in the region. field of monitoring and control of desertification and exchange of information and experiences in this area.

As a result, the preparation and implementation of the program was undertaken to combat desertification in West Asia in cooperation between the United Nations Environment Program / Regional Office for Western Asia UNEP / ROWA and the Arab Center for Studies on Arid Zones and ACSAD Drylands and the International Program for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas ICARDA

Objectives of the Program:
The program focused on two main themes: water and vegetation, so the program was implemented through two networks: sustainable water management (TN1) and sustainable management of plant cover (TN2) for the following objectives: a. Support the countries of the region to implement strategies for the sustainable management of water resources and vegetation. B. The development of innovative activities to improve water resources and vegetation management. T. Contribute to the development and implementation of programs to combat desertification and build partnership among all parties. W. Support the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification at national, regional and sub-national level. C. Facilitate the exchange of information and experiences among the countries of the region.

Program Activities:

  1. Choosing websites in cooperation with government institutions and NGOs
  2. Implementation of an initial workshop with the participation of all stakeholders to develop a plan of action.
  3. Implementation of social, economic and environmental studies.
  4. Conduct a national training course for national knowledge to strengthen the capacity to implement proposed actions to combat desertification and rehabilitation of degraded lands.
  5. Carry out awareness activities for local communities on issues of desertification.
  6. Training of national cadres to adopt national policies to support the implementation of national action programs to combat desertification and integration into the activities of national development plans.
  7. Applying different procedures to restore degraded land rehabilitation, such as water harvesting, planting and maintaining pastoral terraces of plants and fighting against water erosion and wind.
  8. Establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system for desertification processes using remote sensing technology and integration of geographic information systems with the commercial field.


The project was implemented between 2003-2006. In addition to the positive results obtained in terms of mitigation and rehabilitation of degraded lands and improved vegetation and increased productivity of land degradation, the project achieved the following successes:

  1. Improve the living conditions of the local population as a result of improved pasture productivity and income generation through project activities.
  2. Identify successful environmentally sound procedures and appropriate technologies to combat desertification and reduce land degradation.
  3. Sensitize the communities and decision makers concerned about the dangers of desertification in human and environmental systems.
  4. Improve water resources and vegetation databases.
  5. Identify ways and means and technologies to improve pasture productivity.
  6. Determine the proper procedures for collecting water and re-publish it.

Lesson learned:

It turns out that it may be re-rehabilitation of pastoral lands that the percentage of vegetation covers more than 32% could raise that percentage to 80% after rehabilitation.

  1. The topographic diversity in the rehabilitated areas helps to a wide application of the procedures for the harvesting of water.
  2. The best ways to harvest the water were semicircular departments and Maanah's form of basins.
  3. Mild or moderate deterioration of land can be rehabilitated through protection and little direct intervention for rehabilitation.
  4. It can mitigate losses from soil erosion by applying suitable maintenance roads and mountain terraces are considered to be maintenance of these roads.
  5. It was observed that field visits and workshops were basic tools to increase awareness.
  6. It was noted that the training of national cadres and enable participation of the necessary measures to sustain employment and to maintain the positive results of projects to combat the approach to desertification.

Owner: International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas ICARDA Program

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