Madagascar

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Our Program

Over the last few years, we have consolidated our programming in Madagascar around strategic partnerships aimed at supporting civil society organizations (activist networks, monitoring bodies, etc.) and communities that are organizing themselves around issues related to natural resources and their environment with the help of trained local facilitators.

Through our approach, we support various actors in taking charge of their own development through a process of empowerment which is facilitated by close accompaniment and capacity-building based on their hopes and needs.

Madagascar

Although initiatives supported by Development and Peace – Caritas Canada cover almost the entire country, our program is focused particularly on the island’s central region, from west (Maintirano) to east (Toamasina) and covering the regions of Bongolava, Analamanga, Atsinanana and Alaotra-Mangoro. This area includes communities that are extremely vulnerable and isolated and tend to be forgotten in aid responses.

The autonomy of the community is at the heart of our programming, which is built around two major complementary areas:

  1. Enhancing local governance so that communities can have greater control over the natural resources in their environment and benefit from greater economic, food, land and climate security.
  2. Strengthening citizen participation in all formal and informal decision-making spaces involving governance of natural resources, the environment and public life.

 

The issues we work on to build justice:

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Democracy
and citizen participation

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Natural Resources

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Food

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Ecological Justice

 

The situation

The large island has more than 20 million inhabitants of whom 80 percent subsist on less than 1 dollar per day even though the country has significant natural resources (sapphire, rosewood, nickel, cobalt, oil, etc.).

Free and transparent elections were held in 2013 following a serious crisis that had persisted since 2009 and which dramatically impacted the living conditions of the vast majority of the population. As soon as he took office, the transitional president, Andry Rajoelina, called upon foreign investors to relaunch the country’s economy, appeals directed primarily to mining and oil companies, which have since resumed exploration activities.

In 2014, the country regained institutional stability thanks to the election of Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the ex-finance minister of the former transitional power. Despite a weak economy and a very high unemployment rate, agriculture remains the key sector of the Malagasy economy and is the livelihood of over 70 percent of the population.

News
Rija Andriarinosy (right) (C) Brigitte Dubé
May 8, 2014

We were very sad to learn of the death of Rija Andriarinosy, Executive Director of the Development Council of Andohatapenaka (CDA) in Madagascar, who passed away as a result of a stroke.

October 11, 2013

The Rakotoarimanana family lives in Ambohibary, a village located in the district of Moramanga. The village is surrounded by forests that are rich in biodiversity, and a passion for nature is transmitted from generation to generation. The father is the Fonkontany (village) chief and takes care of everyday business in the community. Mr.

October 9, 2013

Access to land and defense of the environment are major issues in Madagascar. Malagasies are excellent farmers and among the finest rice growers in the world. On the island of Madagascar, there are approximately 14,000 peasants cultivating rice on irrigated lands located about 250 km from the capital city of Antanarivo.

June 7, 2013

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few weeks, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

We had the opportunity to go to the Antananarivo (Tana) Cathedral for an audience with Archbishop Odon of Tana. During our visit, he commented that family is a critical element for any positive, successful development in Madagascar.

June 4, 2013

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace.

June 3, 2013

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace.

December 7, 2012

Madasgacar benefits from important natural resources, and this richness is increasingly attracting the interest of mining companies.

June 28, 2012

Last February, Cyclone Giovanna and Tropical Storm Irina, swept through the African island-nation of Madagascar, causing major damage in many communities. According to local officials, there were over 330,000 people affected by the storms, including 111 deaths, 299 people injured, three reported missing and 55,060 who were displaced.

Pictures

Expo photo - Photo exhibition 2013