Monday, 22 June 2009

The rural hub: supporting rural development in Western and Central Africa

Due to lack of well-defined policies and consultation, actions are very often implemented in a disorganised manner: sometimes several organisations do the same thing in the same place, and worse, under contradictory programmes.

Due to lack of information and communication, the successes are not well known and the failures are often repeated.

Such dissipation and scattering of resources and energies undermine actions undertaken. The Hub was established to correct these anomalies. Financed by several partners (EU, MAE, IFAD, UNIFEM), The Hub is a small independent structure. Its targets are :
  • States of West and Central Africa,
  • Inter-governmental organisations,
  • Civil society organisations, and
  • Development partners.
The Hub provides advisory support, expertise information and promotes consultations on issues concerning rural development and food security.

Mr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger was between 2004 and 2009 the Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal. He is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), headquartered in Midrand, South Africa.