Spotlight on SOCODEVI’s activities in Senegal

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9 January 2023

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Cooperative development

The teams in Senegal were very busy this past November, with three field visits from Global Affairs Canada, parliamentarians and the Canadian ambassador to Senegal!


“I was very impressed to see PROCED’s impact on the members of URCCHT, especially the women. The testimonies of the members in attendance demonstrated the innovative spirit of the project and the positive impact it is having on the individuals involved.”

-Myriam Montrat, Director general, Sustainable economic growth partnerships, Global Affairs Canada. 


On November 1st, Myriam Montrat, Director General – Economic Growth Partnerships and Anne Vincent, Senior Development Officer – Partnerships for Development Innovation at Global Affairs Canada travelled to the Thiès region to meet with members of the Board of Directors and management of a housing and construction federation called Union régionale des coopératives de construction et d’habitat de Thiès (URCCHT). They were able to learn more about their new services, including the construction support service that will enable Union members to build their homes at affordable prices with energy-efficient materials. They also toured two construction sites and the compressed earth brick factory.




Then, one week later, the Canadian ambassador to Senegal and several Canadian parliamentarians met with the URCCHT. Rewarding discussions were held concerning the challenges of housing in Senegal, especially for women.



Anne Vincent continued her visit in Casamance where she was able to see some apiaries and a honey cooperative store in Kolda. The tour was an opportunity to concretely see the project’s impact on the beekeeping operations of the participating individuals. Concurrently, people from the Canadian Embassy in Dakar visited the RESILIENCE and FAR projects.