Project Factsheet
Tools for » Promoting Initiatives and Cultural Industries in Senegal
Project ID:00067183Description:MDGF-1801-G-SEN Promotg Initia
Fund:
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
Theme:
MDGF Culture & Development
End Date*: 30 Dec 2012
Country: Senegal Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple
About

Overview:

The joint programme (JP) sought to promote initiatives and cultural industries in two areas of Senegal; Pays Bassari and Sine Saloum.  The overall objective of the intervention in the Pays Bassari was to enhance and preserve intangible cultural heritage of their communities and their natural environment, while in the Saloum Delta, it aimed to promote and enhance the tourism potential of the region. Pays Bassari was selected due to the existence of various ethnic minorities in addition to its rich natural environment, and Sine Saloum for its ecological and natural wealth.

Training needs in the fields of tourism hospitality and food were identified and, a plan was developed and training sessions were conducted. The JP paid particular attention to the development of the craft sector and performing arts by creating pathways to markets for artisans and artists and strengthening their capacity through technical support and provision of equipment, supporting new projects and by developing legal and regulatory frameworks. As a result more than 40 institutions and various actors in the tourism industry –including hotels and restaurants-- received technical and technological training. Cultural actors received training on professional norms and show management. As a result, Pays Bassari artists were been able to organize the creation of the Grand Ballet Bassari which now offers performances for export. In addition, capacity building of officials responsible for Community Multimedia increased the quality of public broadcasting in the 2 regions, and staff at the Community Multimedia Center (CMC) were trained in topics related to sustainable development.

Several infrastructures were created through the project such as the Interpretive Centre Toubacouta in the Saloum Delta (including a youth hostel, the women's house, a craft village, a village hall, etc.), the  Community Village Bandafassi in Pays Bassari (work being finalized); and 4 new Community Multimedia Centers (CMC).

Management plans were developed for the Applications to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in consultation with the local population, who were at the same time sensitized to issues related to the conservation of sites. In addition, local officials were trained in the management of natural resources through workshops and study tours.

The JP promoted communities’ ownership of their own development through interventions involving several bottom-up approaches leading to an unprecedented relationship between formal and informal actors, including the establishment of a framework for consultation amongst stakeholders on tourism. Mapping, inventory and documentation exercises sensitized the population to the richness and potential of their cultural heritage encouraging individuals to develop income-generating activities based on cultural heritage.

 

Outcome 1:

National productive capabilities are improved in terms of competitiveness, product quality, value-added, creation of skilled jobs and investment.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Sectorial studies (mapping) were conducted during the first phase of the project for the creation of a reliable database on the environment, tourism and small medium enterprises (SMEs) in the two areas of intervention.
  • Training needs in the fields of tourism hospitality and food were identified as part of a study. A training plan was developed and training sessions were conducted to strengthen the technical and technological capacities of more than 40 institutional as well as for various actors in the tourism trade, including for hotels and restaurants.
  • Capacity building sessions for cultural actors in Saloum Delta and Pays Bassari on professional rules and show management were conducted enabling them to provide better professional services.
  • Capacity building of officials responsible for Community Multimedia Centers through several workshops increasing quality of public broadcasting in the 2 regions.

 

Outcome 2:

Increased income for poor and vulnerable groups involved in the field of culture and development.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Several infrastructures were created in the project: the Interpretive Centre Toubacouta in the Saloum Delta (including a youth hostel, the women's house, a craft village, and a village hall) which was inaugurated by the Minister of Culture Senegal; Community Village Bandafassi in Pays Bassari (work being finalized); 4 new Community Multimedia Centres (CMC) were created and several other enhanced in both project areas.
  • Festival of ethnic minorities in Pays Bassari benefited from financial and technical support to ensure its sustainability.

 

Outcome 3:

Sustainability of livelihoods of vulnerable groups and their living environment improved through measures to protect the environment and development of natural resources.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • The study on environmental impact of the Bandafassi Community Village in Pays Bassari was conducted in a participatory manner and subject to a validation workshop with all representatives of local communities.
  • More than 40 associations and women's groups received support and training in the field of processing of fishery products, cashew, shea and fonio (millet couscous) but also in the artisanal sector to improve productivity and quality.
  • 50 local officials were trained in the management of natural resources through workshops and study tours.
  • Seafood processing units were strengthened through the acquisition of new drying racks.

 

Outcome 4:

Public institutions have the capacity to effectively apply the principles of human rights, gender equity and sustainable development in policies and programs in the field of culture and development.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • An inventory of cultural industries and legislation was conducted. The JP developed tools on professional rules and scales for copyright and related rights issues for cultural industries. Training workshops on issues of copyright (120 beneficiaries) and establishment/negotiation of contracts (91 beneficiaries) were organized.
  • In the context of preparing dossiers to be included considered for nomination to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, management plans for both sites were developed in cooperation with several ministries, local authorities and community representatives.
  • Several marketing campaigns for touristic areas were completed. In Saloum Delta a press conference was organized and counted with the participation of thirty newspapers.
  • A temporary exhibition on the two regions was carried out at the National Museum Théodore Monod thereby raise awareness on the values of the sites.
  • The JP followed a gender sensitive and human rights approach. A series of administrative, political and religious methodologies were developed to prevent gender-based violence, for example, using community radio skits, songs, sermons, film festival, setting up monitoring committees and warning of violence based on gender. Hundreds of women and men participated in workshops to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

 

Outcome 5:

Local and community-based organizations and communities have the capacity to participate more effectively in decentralization and local development management.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Mapping, inventory and documentation exercises sensitized the population to the richness and potential of their cultural heritage.
  • The creation of 4 Community Multimedia Centers (CMC) and the renovation of several other CMCs in both project areas improved the access to information technology and communication for marginalized groups.
  • The implementation of Sectorial Consultation Frameworks (Cadres de concertation sectoriels or CCS ) for the different economic sectors of the two regions helped  promote the revitalization of the local economy.
  • Work was undertaken on intangible Heritage with regional cultural centers with an aim to include two properties on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Work on iconographic archives was conducted in Pays Bassari resulting in the documentation of over 2,000 new and old images.
  • A first study to identify training needs, attractions and tours in the sector of tourism was conducted. Training was administered to professionals in the tourism sector in both regions according to needs identified.
  • A framework for consultation amongst stakeholders on tourism was been established.

 

Best Practices:

  • Posting of MDGF focal points in the two regions: Recruitment of focal points for the project in the two areas of intervention proved beneficial for daily monitoring and facilitation of project activities given the geographical distance between the two areas intervention.
  • The creation of cultural infrastructure such as the Interpretation Centre and the Community Village Toubacouta and Bandafassi will strengthen likelihood of sustainability.
  • The establishment of a coordination team to facilitate the implementation of synergistic activities and facilitate communication between the different stakeholders proved beneficial to the performance of the project.

 

Lessons Learned:

  • The difference in administrative procedures of the agencies hampered implementation of planned common basket.
  • Realistic deadlines should be set for all phases of the project. An inception and planning phase must be planned at the design stage to define the roles and responsibilities, finalize work plans and strategies, carry out initial studies (baselines) and agree on harmonized monitoring and evaluation tools. Similarly, it is important to provide a post-implementation phase to provide adequate time for monitoring and evaluating the results and finalize the closing process and transfer to the national party.
  • Monitoring and evaluation was not adequately planned for at the design stage, this was subsequently corrected with the recruitment of a monitoring and evaluation specialists.

 

More details can be found in the documents below.

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