Coastal Resource Management, Family Planning Integration Build Resilience in Madagascar and The Gambia
By Jacob Glass // Monday, August 26, 2013
Growing awareness of the connected challenges of natural resource management, economic growth, and human health has encouraged more integrated models of international development. The experience of two organizations – TRY Oyster Womens Association, based in The Gambia, and Blue Ventures, based in Madagascar – demonstrates the success of a community-based approach to building resilience, enabling communities to bounce back from adversity and establish a long-term basis for development. [Full Length Video Below]
“We have a variety of entry points so that we can engage communities on a variety of different subjects, at different levels, to get buy-in for the work that we do,” said Blue Ventures’ Medical Director Dr. Vik Mohan, speaking at the Wilson Center on July 26. Mohan was joined by Fatou Janha and Kame Westerman to discuss their evolution towards a multi-sectoral approach.
From Oysters to Health Care
Since its foundation in 2007, TRY’s exclusively female membership has grown to include women from 15 villages in the Greater Banjul area of The Gambia. TRY members oversee the Tanbi Wetlands National Park, a critical 6,300-hectare wetlands area at the mouth of the Gambia River, which is a vital habitat for oysters – many of the local women’s primary source of income.
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