Picture: Lovans squatting by an innovative live-fence of moringa Oliefera and Jatropha for animal husbandry at the permaculture demonstration site with Paul Yeboah, of Ghana Permaculture Network.
This article is an inspiring story of how a local institution in Ghana is integrating the ecovillage concepts in improving the lives of people in Africa - take time to read to the end! Published in 2012 but still inspiring today!
GEN - Global Ecovillage Network - Africa held its second annual conference with 120 delegates from 20 African countries, in 2013, the hosting country was in Kenya.The conference saw many examples of bottom-up initiatives, to empower women, fight poverty, protect nature, give perspectives for children and youth in villages and cities, from South Africa to Egypt, from Ghana to Ethiopia, and of course from D.R. Congo.
Participants to the Ecovillage Design Education training in Kenya in 2013 had a positive feedback about the training. To most of them, the training offered them a new opportunity to transform their communities and projects with the rich experience gained from the EDE.
The Transition to Resilience Training is a learning journey for change makers, who want to realise projects related to resilience and sustainability in their regions, communities or workplaces. It is the fruit of collaboration between the Global Ecovillage Network, Transition Town Network, Permaculture Academy, Centre for Human Emergence, Damanhur, Cloughjordan, Findhorn Foundation and The Hub.
GEN-Africa is the African ecovillage association, promoting social resilience, environmental protection and restoration of nature through the concept of ecovillages as models for sustainable human settlements. We actively support the development of ecovillages and networks in all parts of Africa.
GEN-Africa is a membership organisation that emerged with the support of GEN - Europe which was founded in 1996, and open to a wide range of projects regardless of their political, religious or cultural backgrounds.