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Dadamac Foundation and Dadamac Limited - the Connection

We have been asked to explain the relationship between Dadamac Foundation and Dadamac Limited. It is causing some confusion for people who think it must be like the relationship between, for instance, Ford and the Ford Foundation or Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (i.e step one: become a great commercial success; step two: share the resulting financial wealth through philanthropy). Dadamac is very different. We didn't start on the commercial side and then create the foundation. We started with our voluntary work and are now at the start of building our commercial operation (Dadamac Limited). We don't have financial wealth; our wealth is harder to quantify. We have a considerable amount of social capital and a wealth of knowledge and information, built up through years of voluntary work.

The various faces of Dadamac

We are creating an online presence under one brand name – Dadamac – which brings together

First Thursdays

Thanks to Andrius Kulikauskas and Minciu Sodas, Pamela McLean is usually “at home” (on the Internet) once a month, logged in for an hour, and wondering if any of her contacts will arrive for a catch-up chat (or to discuss some topic that has been agreed before-hand).

Connect, Communicate, Collaborate.

Question: What is the connection between a camera  course, Academia-Practitioner collaboration, a site inspection at Ungwa Rimi, a tractor, and a solar powered telephone battery charger?  Answer: They are all items of concern to the Dadamac UK-Nigeria team and featured in our online meeting this week. They are all a part of Dadamac's obsession with connecting, communicating and collaborating – and its roots in rural development.

Highlights from July 1st team meeting

The meeting

The Dadamac weekly team meeting is a Skype meeting (typed chat) that links the team in UK and Nigeria. Its format is simple. An agenda is circulated beforehand. There is a chairman to move the meeting on through the agenda. It is okay for several people to type at the same time.  We try to limit the meetings to one hour.  Even if people have sent apoplogies they are still invited to the meeting, so they will be able to read the archive. A summary of the meeting is made available afterwards. Although people are scattered around various offices on two continents it works well.

One strong benefit of online meetings over F2F (Face to Face) is the "death of distance". On July 1st John Dada was out of the office - far out of the office - in Argentina. But he still joined the meeting and took the chair. He often travels and has atteded Dadamac meetings from various Africa countries - but this was the first time a Dadamac team meeting had input from three continents. Fortunately John is an early riser. Team meetings are 11.00 Nigerian time, 10.00 GMT - and considerably earlier in Argentina.

Introducing Dadamac Foundation

We have been supporting  Oke-Ogun Community Development Network (OCDN), Attachab Eco-Village and the Yoghurt Project, and we hope to fundraise and help Zittnet with its last-mile connectivity.

OCDN

The connection with OCDN goes back to Pam's early links with Ago-Are. The update is that Fola  and  PD  are exploring ways to get the InfoCentre at Ago-Are connected to the Internet. Dadamac Foundation is supporting Fola with the cost of going online (more about this in the Dadamac Learners' news).

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