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Assemblée citoyenne Niger
when ? where ?
The Tuesday 06 February 2024
From 2:00pm to 4:30pm
At AFD in Paris, or online

While many voices are questioning the development model imported into Africa from Western countries, the book “The Commons: Drivers of Change and Opportunities for Africa” opens up new perspectives. It helps to make visible a wide range of citizens' initiatives on the continent, some of which go back a long way, and all of which have the characteristic of inspiring endogenous development models. These 'Commons' cover a wide range of fields, from farmers' groups and housing cooperatives to hybrid cultural places and collaborative digital platforms.

Without claiming to provide a systemic response to the many issues facing the continent, the book looks at the conditions under which the Commons can contribute to objectives of general interest, beyond the interests of the communities that created them. The immediate corollary of this questioning is the way in which the Commons and public actors can enter into a relationship, the opportunities that such a relationship represents for each of the parties involved, but also the risks. It is therefore clear that if public and development actors wish to become involved with and alongside the Commons, they must 'think Commons' by questioning their own practices, positions and tools.

The aim of this conference was to discuss the first milestones set by the book in the African context, but also to broaden the geographical scope beyond the continent, so that the experiences of some become inspirations for others. It opened with a debate on the desirability of devising a political project for the African continent, based on securing and developing the Commons.

REPLAY

when ?
Tuesday 06 February 2024
From 2:00pm to 4:30pm
where ?
At AFD in Paris, or online
Speakers
Moderated by Stéphanie
LEYRONAS
Research fellow on the Commons, AFD
Hélène
DJOUFELKIT
Director of the Economic Diagnostics and Public Policy Department
Mamoudou
GAZIBO
Political scientist, University of Montreal
Benjamin
CORIAT
Economist, CEPN-USN
Sophie
SALOMON
Deputy Director of the Economic Diagnostics and Public Policy Department, AFD
Guiako
OBIN
Digital entrepreneur and social innovation, founder of BabyLab
Anne-Sophie
OLMOS
Grenoble city councillor
Thomas
MELONIO
Economist, Executive Director of Innovation, Strategy and Research, AFD
Tanella
BONI
Philosopher and essayist (TBC)
Rémy
RIOUX
Chief Executive Officer, AFD
Kako
NUBUKPO
Economist, Commissioner for Agriculture, Water Resources and the Environment, WAEMU

Location of the event

Le Mistral - AFD
3 Place Louis-Armand
75012
Paris

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