Local Spotlight: But Don’t We Need Economic Growth to Lift the Poor Out of Poverty? (Ghana)

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!


Connecting Communities for a Sustainable World

Hosted by the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and GEN-Africa

(Hotel ‘le Calao’, Ngor, Dakar, Senegal)

An Ecovillage Approach to Designing Sustainable Rural and Urban Communities and Combatting Poverty

Weds. July 2 

6:15 - 7:45 PM

Conf Room C, UN Hqtrs


Giovanni Ciarlo: Management Chair, Ecovillage Design Education; Former Board President, Global Ecovillage Network; Co-founder, Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage


Guest Speaker: Millennium Village & Millennium Promise,  Jon Gagnon: Member & Video Producer, Whole Village Ecovillage; UN Youth Representative, Global Ecovillage Network 


Honouring Paulo Mellet, of Blessed Memory 23-06-2014

Our dear friend, Paulo Mellet, chose freedom on 23.06.2014. 


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.

Attached below are feedback from participants.

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Transition to Resilience Training

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.


Welcome to the GEN-Europe Conference at ZEGG 9-13 July 2014

You are warmly invited to join us and get an updated and personal connection to what is happening throughout the European and Global networks of GEN at the moment. 

GEN-movements are breathing and unfolding all over the world – and from all regions of Europe, practitioners will be coming to join and inspire us.

Ecovillages act as research and training centres for sustain­able development within wider society. 

NextGEN Europe Conference, July 4th - 13th, 2014 in ZEGG, Germany


This year NextGEN-Europe conference will be an event full of opportunities to connect, share inspiration and weave a strong network.

Young people from all over Europe will come together!

If you are a young person who is somehow involved in the ecovillage network - or you want to be so in the future - we warmly invite you to bring your experience, dreams and being into our conference!


Who Are We

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.


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