With more than 160 completed projects and more than 77,000 beneficiaries, 2021 was a year of great social success for OCP. Through its foundation, the OCP is present in various areas along with the most vulnerable sections of the population. The goal? Increase the dynamism of global development and promote sustainability and inclusion worldwide. Here are the main events that have made the OCP a champion of women’s initiatives in 2021.
Women’s initiatives and actions aimed at women, especially in Africa and Asia, were at the heart of the OCP Foundation’s (FOCP) activities in 2021. In line with the values and ambitions of the OCP Group, the OCP Foundation creates real synergies around its projects and involves everyone in order to achieve inclusive socio-economic progress for as many people as possible. “, Emphasizes the 2021 activity report.
The OCP Foundation thus cooperated with organizations, associations and international institutions in order to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality and give priority to helping the most vulnerable, especially children and women. The measures adopted in 2021 therefore covered a number of aspects aimed at empowering women and providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to become the engine of development and transformation in their communities.
Girls’ education, the challenge of academic excellence
Education, a stronger tool for development, is the first pillar of any social action. It is therefore not surprising that the OCP Foundation multiplied its educational initiatives in 2021, a year that was crucial for restarting development dynamics. Women have been the main target of these initiatives through two main axes: educating girls and promoting women’s high academic excellence, not forgetting the awareness component.
In this regard, the FOCP organized a number of awareness-raising and training activities in 2021, representing 420 people on the African continent. Among them, online and personal events of all formats were organized (conferences, webinars, round tables, workshops, master classes, etc.). In addition, the awareness component created 6 online events adapted to the health context in 2020-2021 (COVID-19).
Girls’ education has also been at the heart of the FOCP’s activities through initiatives such as the Education Enrichment Workshop as part of a public sponsorship project aimed at improving the conditions and quality of education, students or the integration of young girls at Mariama BA High School in Senegal. In 2021, in order to promote the academic excellence of African women, the Mariama Bâ Scholarship was created, which allows 6 students from Mariama Bâ Education House who want to join the Muhammad VI Polytechnic University in Morocco to receive a scholarship, thus guaranteeing funding. OCP Foundation for their academic career over 5 years.
Still on the academic side, the FOCP has launched doctoral training under joint supervision with the Polytechnic University of Mohammed VI (UM6P) and CNAM (France), as well as courses for 27 undergraduate and graduate students. Regarding the executive branch, two certification courses for managers lasting 3 to 4 months were organized for African executives in a participatory, forward-looking methodology with African regional themes.
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In the same year, the second cohort of 10 researchers and PhD students from the University of Sine Saloum El-Hâdj Ibrahim NIASS in Senegal was launched as part of the project “Women working together for research, technology,” environment and science “. “(FUERTES), which aims to improve agricultural research through the training of female researchers and Senegalese doctoral students specializing in sustainable agriculture.
FUERTES, which represents an opportunity to create a network of researchers and leaders in agriculture, including researchers and teachers from UM6P, was launched with Muhammad VI Polytechnic University. At the same time, an online training cycle was created for the benefit of 5 female researchers and 5 PhD students from the University of Sine Saloum El Hadj Ibrahim NIASS (USSEIN) led by UM6P experts specializing in agriculture.
The aim of these training courses is to strengthen the technical and academic research skills of Senegalese researchers in various areas of the agricultural sector and in various topics, such as nutrition and human nutrition in Africa. They also aim to build the capacity of African women in agribusiness, entrepreneurship, leadership, renewable energy, integrated and sustainable crop management, etc.
” In order to respond to their needs and shortcomings in the field of education, health and employability, the OCP Foundation is committed to supporting the weakest and most disadvantaged on a daily basis, especially in terms of their wider access to medical monitoring, regular and specific quality education. The programs are aimed at women, children and youth », Explains the FOCP activity report for 2021. In 2021, the largest programs focused on Senegal, Madagascar, Malawi, Guinea, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, India and Bangladesh.
Key achievements include the signing of a partnership with the international NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité to launch a pilot community project in Malawi for women’s teams. In collaboration with UM6P and the Odyssey Conservation Trust Foundation to build capacity for local communities, especially women, and to raise awareness.
During the year, the FOCP continued to strengthen its support system during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing support to women’s associations. Through a partnership sealed with Mujeres Por Africa and UM6P, the Foundation also continued its efforts to empower African women in order to reduce gender inequalities on the continent.
Projects such as the Dar Essalam Women’s Cooperative Support Program in Niokolo Koba National Park, the Community Support Project for the Joal-Fadiouth Community Marine Protected Area or the FUERTES project, in turn, have focused on empowering local people. in Africa, by supporting women’s associations in the implementation of inclusive and environmental development programs in order to generate income-generating activities by providing the necessary resources and technical and managerial support to the members of these associations.
Since March 2020, several measures have been put in place to provide support to isolated rural communities in order to give them greater autonomy in the fight against the epidemic. These actions continued in 2021. Thus, in cooperation with UM6P, women’s farmers’ associations from five regions of Madagascar were trained and equipment and materials were provided for protection and prevention. The sale of these protective materials by these farmers’ associations within their respective communities provided them with additional income.
The mobile laboratory of the Department of Forestry Research and Natural Resource Management was even used to produce a hydroalcoholic solution and disinfectant gel, which were distributed free of charge to FOFIFA women’s associations and branches throughout the island. The distribution campaign is associated with soap production training.
“Growth” is feminine … “Earth” too!
The OCP Foundation, which is committed to helping build an inclusive and fairer economy, has chosen ” to act as a real catalyst for change, a major player in the social and solidarity economy sector, which, in addition to its social role, can also rely on a more environmentally friendly way of life and is aware of environmental issues At this level, women were again at the center of the events.
Through various programs and projects, the OCP Foundation works to support actors in the Solidarity and Social Economy (ESS) by deploying support, training, capacity building, certification of cooperatives and SSE associations. ” to enable the sector to improve its skills and move towards better professionalisation “.
In this respect, the Foundation has launched a number of projects in several countries in partnership and in cooperation with its institutional and associative partners. In Senegal, for example, it has launched a fertility map, which currently covers 4 million hectares of land in Africa, and trained leaders in sustainable land management. In addition, awareness-raising measures on sustainable land management for the benefit of 8,200 beneficiary farmers have benefited 2,376 women in Bangladesh.
To support the development of SSE through sustainable and integrated agriculture, the Foundation has launched several community development, technology transfer and capacity building programs for cooperative members in African and Mediterranean countries. In 2021, it also supported more than 600 teams through Cooplab UM6P, trained more than 400 women and created 3 training centers dedicated to them. About 40% of the population that benefits from the Foundation’s SSE activities is women (about 30,000 people).
Finally, in order to promote gender equality, strengthen the role of women’s cooperatives as social enterprises, contribute to the empowerment of women and encourage them to engage in social innovation in order to improve their economic, social and educational status, the FOCP intends to further diversify and strengthen its programs and initiatives in 2022.