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Our unfolding story

These initiatives have been chosen to illustrate the development of Dadamac Foundation from its early days as an informal collaboration to the present. A wide range of people have been involved. For simplicity's sake they are referred to as "the Dadamac Community".

Design-reality gap: development projects and ICT

I'm constantly baffled and bewildered by the gap that exists between what I read on the Internet about ICT4D, and the reality that I meet on the ground. I long to help bridge the gap between academics and practitioners. I was therefore delighted to discover a student exploring the topic, and saddened, but not surprised at his difficulties. He wrote:

Explaining Dadamac Foundation - feedback requested.

Following our AGM I've been trying to write a good "about" page for Dadamac Foundation. I'd appreciate feedback on my attempt. Here it is:

About Dadamac Foundation

Dadamac Foundation has always been placed equally in three, very different, kinds of locations - and that is our unique strength. Our work is to do with education, livelihoods, welfare and development. Our projects are long-term with an emphasis on capacity building, sustainability, and sharing good practice.

Our locations are:

First Thursday - sharing the June archive

First Thursday is an online meeting that I hold once a month.I go online for an hour and some of my geograhically scattered friends and contacts drop by for a chat, and have the opportunity to meet each other - more about how "First Thursday" works

It is a great opportunity to exchange information and knowledge from very different cultural perspectives (this month we have people from Nigeria, USA and UK).

#LandscapeOfChange Pioneers - Michel Bauwens, Alastair Parvin and Yaacov Hecht

I see the people who are exploring practical ideas about our present and future as people who are living the lives of explorers in the Landscape of Change. I mean that they are explorers and trailblazers in the areas of life which are uncertain and changing. The areas of uncertainly are increasinlgy becoming a reality in the lives of many people, who would never have chosen to explore them. The explorers are going abead of the crowd, and the directions that they take become like beaten tracks across the Landscape of Change.

Kazanka Comfort Of Fantsuam Foundation - speaking tour in Canada

John Dada sent news today about Kazanka Comfort, who was for many years the general secretary of Fantsuam Foundation's micro-finance programme and involved in all other programmes. He wrote:

VSO/CUSO have sponsored Comfort to a Women leaders course in Canada and this has been followed by a week of speaking tour

Fighting a deadly fungus

At our Dadamac UK-Nigeria meeting on May 14th John Dada mentioned that he had to rush out to the primary school just near Fantsuam Foundation to give an urgent message on maize planting this season.

John explained

An ongoing problem with maize growing in Nigeria is its contamination with the fungus that produces aflatoxins... FF is raising awareness on this health issue and will be providing training to farmers on preventive measures to ensure health of their maize crops..

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